I actually haven't played an audio CD on my system for years (well my laptops dont have CD drives any more either) It's all MP3 nowadays even in my car.
For ripping you don't need the audio output anyway.
IIRC Nautilus, the default gnome file-manager actually played sound files directly --it also played as a preview of the sound file if you kept the cursor on it.
There are a lot of rippers out there. Each with it own advantage/disadvantage.
If I need to rip a CD (mostly audiobooks, now and than), I'm searching like this: apt search ripper
And than I'll pick one. More important than ripping to mp3 (or ogg, if your device supports it), is the tagging, for me. That is the main reason, why I am using more GUI tools (ripperx, k3b (if already installed), handbreak (if already installed)) for this task, than command line tools (crip, ripit, ...).
I want to see the result from CDDB and edit it in my style.
the problem was more like in the case of Antonio, which had some audio cds and simply "wanted to use them", so even if these disks are a deprecated thing, could be nice to be able to use them, directly working by default in elive like everything else
in fact, old versions of elive like gem or topaz was very featured, if you insert an audio cd a direct application for that is launched, not even need to think "how i should use this now?", same when you connect a scanner or plug a new printer, even specific actions for a plugged webcam or similar things... (more hidden features that people didnt know about elive, and now deprecated lol)
so we need a simple app that can play audio cds in a simple way when a user wants to use them, and with the feature to rip them which is even more needed than play them
if anyone has the time to try's some of them and has a better suggestion than sound-juicer, please tell me
I have similar "problem" with my wife's computer.... as she was habitued to Debian+Gnome she was completely lost with the 3.7.8 + E16 I installed her one week ago, so until next stable 4.0 release she forces me to back her computer again to Debian+Gnome