EAC and Musepack

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Software Needed


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

  • Unzip the chosen musepack version into the same directory that EAC is in.


  • 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 check box in use external program for compression.
  • Change Parameter Passing Scheme to User Defined Encoder.
  • Change Use file extension to .mpc.
  • Click the Browse button and locate the MPPENC.EXE that you unzipped earlier.
  • Remove the ticks from Use CRC check, Add ID3 tag and check for external programs return code.
  • In the Addtional command line options box, copy and paste one of the below strings based on the Tag you would prefer.

No Tags:

--quality 6 %s 

APEv2 tag:

--quality 6 --artist "%a" --title "%t" --album "%g" --year "%y" --track "%n" --genre "%m" %s

Note: the reason --quality 6 is in italic in the above lists is that if you wanted to change the quality setting, thats what you would substitute with the new setting e.g. --quality 10 or --quality 4 for example.

  • Do not worry what bit rate is shown in the bit rate drop down box, this will be ignored.
Musepack configured with APEv2 tagging

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