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(1) Converting an audio CD from its native CD-DA format to MP3, AAC, FLAC or some other compressed audio format. The term was coined with a counterculture inference, because many tech-savvy people loved the idea they were "ripping off" the music industry by making copyrighted works available in a compact format that could be quickly downloaded over the Internet. Ripping is also called "importing." See CD-DA, MP3, AAC, FLAC, codec examples and import.

(2) Decrypting a DVD movie and storing it on a hard disk. Ripping a DVD does not result in a smaller, compressed version of the original as it does with audio files. See DeCSS.

(3) Converting an analog recording to a digital format. See VHS ripping, USB turntable and cassette ripping.

(4) Using a raster image processor, which prepares a page for display or printing. See RIP.
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