CD ripping speed vs age of CD 2020-12-02 03:41:26 I have switched from EAC to dBPowerAmp to rip CDs. I like the fact that it rips CDs in burst mode, does an AccurateRip check, and if it passes, calls it day. If it fails, then it does a secure rip.Today, I got 2 CDs in the mail:1. Soundtrack to the film Electric Dreams (1984)2. The Fratellis - Here We Stand (2008)Here We Stand ripped in probably 2 minutes. dBPowerAmp just flew through the CD. Electric Dreams took over 5 minutes to rip.Electric Dreams did not Secure Rip any of the tracks. Just burst mode, AccurateRip check, and then the app telling me that it's accurate.Is this an age related issue? There is always talk of CD bit-rot. Is the burst mode ripping engaging C2 error correction and that is slowing down the ripping? Is there any way to find out?Two things I have noticed in the past:1. If you wash a CD with detergent and water and dry with a lint free cloth, you can usually increase the rip time somewhat. So, obviously the rip time if affected by dirt.2. I have used ScratchX to save scratched CDs that would not accurately rip. Squirt some on and then run a buffing pad over the CD for a minute or two, wash with dish soap and water and dry with a lint free cloth. This can dramatically decrease ripping time.So, for #1, it's obvious that dirty CDs will take longer to rip. And sometimes rip time is slightly improved even on a clean CD. So, I am going to guess that there may just be a thin film of dirt from the thing just being old.But for #2, I am wondering if the bottom of the CD is maybe oxidizing slightly, and a buff with ScratchX removes the oxidation and improves CD rip time.Thoughts? Opinions?