I have been ripping cd's and just recently came up with the idea of doing my whole collection for the sake of convenience. In the past I have used many programs like exact audio copy, but I always found them too damn overwhelming with all the options. I recently tried cd ripping in itunes as I was suggested to try it by a friend. Definitely much easier in a set-and-forget kinda way. Foobar2000 seemed closer to itunes in this regard with it's cd ripping. Now, i have various iOS devices, so I am planning to do the rips into apple lossless (alac). Since most programs support this and as far as i know there is no difference between alac and flac. My question is whether using iTunes for cd ripping with the apple lossless encoder setting will give me a copy of the cd in digital file form? I am also not sure what the error checking really does, but I would leave it on anyways as it can't hurt. Thoughts? Maybe there is another free software I missed? Would prefer not to spend money on software for this.