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On 2013-04-17 09:05, Joep L. Blom wrote:
On 16/04/13 14:52, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
On 04/16/2013 03:25 AM, Dries Feys wrote:
Hi all,

This is waaaaay of topic, but as there are many linux adepts over
here, I wonder what software you use to rip cd's to mp3. (or ogg
vorbis, but I prefer mp3 as that's supported on more hardware than

On windows, I used to use iTunes, which recognised (through cddb, or
whatever sony made it now) nearly all cd's, also the less common like
folk music (Bal O'Gadjo, Embrun,...) On ubuntu, those cd's are rarely

The final goal is to rate the songs with stars (or another symbol)
like in Itunes, and then be able to export a best-of to my collection
to my cell phone, tablet and/or usb-stick.

Are there some packages I should install to have those cd's
recognised, or what should I do?



Yes it is way off topic.

You want to take all your Audio CDs and make them into MP3 files, yes?

I have Ubuntu 12.04.  I have installed Ripper X, Asunder CD Ripper, and
a few others.

I would see what rippers are available with your Linux distro and try a
few. I have not used a Linux one in a few years, since I ripped all my
CDs years ago and keep the MP3 file on my massive audio folders.

To be honest, I do not know which one does the "stars" option you wish.

As for CD's being "recognized", that is a different issue. Are you
saying that your Linux system is not able to play audio CDs? That
sounds like a hardware problem, since every distro of Linux I have used
include the needed drivers and packages for reading audio CDs.

Are you saying that you place your CD in the drive and open the audio
package and the CD and song information are not found and displayed?
That is a problem with the database being used to look up the CD info
online. For playing your CDs on Linux and Windows, try VLC. They have a
really good system and they have access to a service that will look your
CDinfo up online.  To be honest, if you run Windows Vista, VLC is the
preferred package since it included all of the codexoption you would
need that Vista does not provide.  But, if you have a CD that is not
part of a large publishing house, it may not get included in the online
database. That is just life of a small run CD by obscure artists.

So try Asunder CD Ripper and VLC player.

I use VLC media player on all my systems as a default install. Linux and
Windows [XP through Win7]

One little remark: if your ears are critical and you have mainly classical and jazz CD's MP3 is not to be used. The effect of compression and reduction can clearly been heard (on a good sound system). It's OK for car-radio's (or music systems as they are called now) but not for good audio systems. Even CD-quality is not optimal. As a jazz-pianist I record everything in 24-bit and store it as .wav files and copy it to DVD's as they can handle 24-bit (of course for demo's I sample it down to 16-bit as CD'a are OK for demo's).
For pop-music MP3 compression is OK of course.
I know I'm maybe too critical but I like (certain kind of) music.

If only we could all get music at 24 bit. How fidelity has given way to convenience. Good pressing -> itunes. SLR camera -> phone camera.

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