I hate to sound lame, but seeing as most of my time in front of a computer is at work (buying a house makes home PC time harder to come by), and since it is a large corporation and there are standards (well, a few anyway) I have been using Windows Media Player. Before I get stoned to death, you can use one program to rip, listen and manage, and burn. And it is free. I know that it isn't the absolute best, and you have to "purchase" a plug-in if you really want MP3's and not wma files, but it does the job, and fairly quickly. So it is just an option. =o)
What's a signature? Oh, those words that show up after all my comments? I don't need one of those!