Using MusicBrainz with Exact Audio Copy

Simon Bennett-Smith shared this tip with us for using MusicBrainz with Exact Audio Copy:

I was delighted to recently discover your “MusicBrainz to FreeDB” gateway, as it is exactly what I would have wished for had I thought of it myself! However, following your directions I did encounter a problem in configuring “Exact Audio Copy” to accept the server URL:

I found that EAC will not accept a server that has been typed into the “Freedb server” box – it will only accept one from its own list of available servers, ie. one from the drop-down list.

Fortunately EAC creates this list in the Registry and it is updatable. The mb2freedb URL can be included by adding the Registry Key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAWSoftwareEACInternet OptionsHosts

From the next time EAC is started, the mb2freedb URL will be selectable from the drop-down list.

Maybe you could offer a downloadable .reg file containing, simply:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAWSoftwareEACInternet OptionsHosts]


I use EAC v0.95 beta3 and do not know if other versions use the same key, or even exhibit the same behaviour.

Thanks for sharing Simon!

6 thoughts on “Using MusicBrainz with Exact Audio Copy”

  1. I’ve been missing exactly this when ripping cds. Thanks a ton for the tip!

    Oh, and it works brilliantly in 0.99 prebeta 3, which should be latest released version.

  2. Actually, I entered the full URL directly into the program, and it accepted it just fine. Maybe this was a recent change in 0.99? (I made the change in 0.95.)

  3. I don’t remember doing anything this complicated, I just entered the URL…

    Aanyway, EAC & MB is definitely the combination to use if you want easy ripping and tagging. The only problem currently is that EAC freedb implementation doesn’t seem to support UTF-8 data, so anything outside ASCII will become garbled.

  4. Yeah, I didn’t have to go about editing registry either, it just accepted it as is. I’m using the .95 beta 3.

  5. Hmm, I just tried adding it to the drop down list, which it seemed to accept, but I keep getting a connection error when I actually ask it to download the CD’s information.

    Can anyone give more step-by-step instructions about this?

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