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The following guide outlines the configuration of Exact Audio Copy to convert audio CDs to ALAC using FFmpeg.

Required software


Note: This guide assumes that EAC is has been configured for secure ripping, if not please follow this guide.

  • copy ffmpeg.exe to a location which you have write access to


  • Open EAC and insert a CD into the drive.
  • Click the EAC menu and select Compression Options.
  • Click the External Compression Tab, and put a tick in the box for use external program for compression.
  • Change Parameter Passing Scheme to User Defined Encoder.
  • Change Use file extension to .m4a if not already that.
  • Click the Browse button and locate the FFMPEG.exe that you unzipped earlier.
  • Remove the ticks from Use CRC check and Add ID3 tag.
  • Tick Check for external programs return code.
  • If you are using EAC 1.0b2 or newer, then in the Additional command line options box, copy and paste the following string:
-i %source% -metadata "ARTIST=%artist%" -metadata "TITLE=%title%" -metadata "ALBUM=%albumtitle%" -metadata "DATE=%year%" -metadata "TRACK=%tracknr%/%numtracks%" -metadata "GENRE=%genre%" -metadata "ALBUM_ARTIST=%albumartist%" -metadata "COMPOSER=%composer%" -metadata "DISC=%cdnumber%/%totalcds%" -metadata "COMMENT=CRC:%TRACKCRC%" -acodec alac %dest%