Phile Audio

Developer: C7 Software

Current Version: 1.2.0

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 9.4 MB - Download


Quite simply the most efficient, easy-to-use, most powerful audio CD ripping and encoding application out there. Here's why:

Simultaneous encoding to 7 formats:
Phile Audio will encode to all of the most popular audio file formats: MP3, MP4-AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV and AIFF. You can specify one or more encoding formats before ripping, so you only have to rip once. Archive a copy of your CD collection in a lossless format, such as FLAC or Apple Lossless, and encode a smaller, compressed copy for your portable media player. Phile Audio will import iTunes-supported file formats automatically, saving you a manual step if you want to import to iTunes.

Simultaneous ripping from multiple CD/DVD/BD-ROM drives:
Phile Audio will rip from as many drives as you can hook up to your computer, simultaneously. While one disc is ripping, you can be entering the information for another one. This is a huge advantage for your CD archiving workflow, as you don't have to wait as long for discs to finish ripping to move on to the next one.

Multiple options for cover art:
Phile Audio allows you to drag and drop cover art files from a web browser or your computer directly into the application, or, import your images from a digital camera or memory card with the built-in camera device browser. There's even an interface to use your scanner to scan your cover art directly into your disc information! No other software offers this degree of integration for your cover art!

Retrieve CD information from the FreeDB online database:
Phile Audio automatically identifies and retrieves your discs information from the online FreeDB database. This huge resource is sure to find disc information for most of your CDs

More information can be input up-front:
In addition to the extensive options for cover art, Phile Audio allows you to enter individual years per track, composers, groupings, gapless tags, compilation tags, disc numbering (if part of a multiple-disc set), comments and lyrics for supported encoding formats. You don't have to revisit your encoded files from other software to add these tags. You can do it all right before ripping, a huge time-saver!

Customizable file naming:
For those that are not importing into iTunes or to a non-taggable format, keeping file names in a usable format can be a real pain. Phile Audio allows you to customize the exact file name convention based on disc and track information to fit your needs.

Efficient encoding:
Phile Audio detects how many processors are in your computer and runs encoding jobs simultaneously on all multi-core processors. Encoding happens in the background, so your discs can rip as fast as possible without being encumbered by potentially slow encoding times. You can pause encoding if you need the extra processor power for another application. You can even close the application in the middle of encoding a batch of discs, and Phile Audio will remember where you left off. Very handy for users on-the-go!

Real-time status:
When ripping discs, Phile Audio gives you an indication of your drive's DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) or "ripping" speed. This serves as a benchmark for your drive. While encoding, the status of all of your encoding jobs are easily seen and understood.

We encourage you to give Phile Audio a run through your CD collection. You'll wonder how you ever did without it, especially if you have multiple fast disc drives!

*please note: Phile Audio does not ship with an MP3 encoder, however, we provide information and automatic application support for retrieving an MP3 encoder. This is due to patent restrictions on MP3 encoders. To keep the price of Phile Audio at an affordable level, we opted to allow you to choose to use MP3 or not, and to choose which MP3 encoder you would like to use.


Release Notes:

What's changed?
-Added a “default” button for file format preferences in case you need to go back to the defaults
-Created Apple Lossless option to set a unique pre-extension when ripping to both AAC and Apple Lossless file types. If only encoding one or the other, the extension will always be .m4a
-New track information checkbox to set the composer on all tracks
-When the artist for an album is loaded with the word “various” in the name, the compilation checkbox will automatically check, and the “set track artist” checkbox will uncheck.

What's fixed?
-Help works again
-Fixed streaming AAC files to network media players and AppleTV over iTunes Match. The AAC encoder now “optimizes” the files.
-Miscellaneous stability fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.0
Review by kd4cht

Great App... - This is the easy way to get your CD collection into FLAC for back up that I have seen. Yea you can do it for free with xAct, but you have to do all of the tagging by hand. Phile Audio can get the disc info from FreeDB or iTunes. This app is well worth the $.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.1.1
Review by twangshack

Poor Customer Service - This is the only app that has not been compatible with my 2009 MacBook Pro. I get the following error message: "Invalid Temp File Path: The temp file path MUST be on a HFS+ formatted disc, and the directory must be writable. This must be corrected before saving your preferences." OK, perhaps Apple formatted my disc wrong out-of-the-box, but I don't understand why it is the only app that doesn't work on my MBP. I've never had problems with apps or software before. I emailed customer service three days ago and they have yet to respond to this problem. Boo!

Found helpful by 6 out of 13 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2.0
Review by MrYMath

Continuously crashes my system - I’m using a mid-2010 Macbook Pro running under OS X 10.10.4. Philo has succeeded in crashing my system more times in one day than the system has collectively crashed in 5 years. Absolutely a dangerous product. Buy at your own risk.I would also like to accuse it of destroying one of my CDs but I have no proof of that, just strong suspicions.

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by Cheshire Cat sheep n stuff

Works fine for a while, then fails - I like Phile Audio, but any application that doesn’t behave properly is a waste of time. Phile Audio crashes, which is one thing, but then won’t restart unless I reboot my Mac. Even force quit does not clean up this mess. I suspect memory management errors. In any case: You have got to be kidding. Gonzo.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by edoxtator

No Longer Supported? - It seems that C7 Software is no more. I’m having an issue where Phile will not access my SuperDrive anymore (and iTunes, and Media Center under a Windows 8 VM have no problems), but the About… and Support links go off to the standard Azure placeholder page. It’s a shame. I’ve been using Phile for several years, and got good results when ripping my 3000+ CD collection to both FLAC and Apple Lossless. If Mr. Tearpak has any updates, please respond to

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by Cheshire Cat sheep n stuff

Works fine for a while, then fails - I like Phile Audio, but any application that doesn’t behave properly is a waste of time. Phile Audio crashes, which is one thing, but then won’t restart unless I reboot my Mac. Even force quit does not clean up this mess. I suspect memory management errors. In any case: You have got to be kidding. Gonzo. Update: Discovered that Phile Audio will queue a lot of the encoding tasks — and that’s what was choking my Mac. Click the “Encoding” button in the main window to see how many tasks remain. XX/YY (completed/tptal) is in bottom right corner. But still, it fails on a regular basis, can’t always be killed with “Force Quit”, and I’ve had to reboot several times. I’m trying XLD. Wish I could get my money back.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.2.0
Review by Anthony.Ph

MP3 encoding not supported. - App descripiton failed to explain that you need an external MP3 encoder. Also album cover can not be pulled from iTunes, you must add it manually.

Found helpful by 0 out of 1 people