Quickly rip your CDs

Linux Format - - TUTORIALS -

If you’re look­ing for a way to quickly rip CDs to your PC from the com­mand line, then try Abcde ( sudo apt in­stall abcde ). It’s ba­si­cally a script that links other tools – CD-rip­ping soft­ware, en­coders, CD iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and tag­ging tools, and so on – to pro­vide an all-in-one so­lu­tion to rip your CDs with the min­i­mum of ef­fort.

Af­ter in­stal­la­tion (choose No con­fig­u­ra­tion if prompted dur­ing setup) you’re ready to go, with the fol­low­ing ba­sic com­mand:

$ abcde -o mp3

Other out­put op­tions in­clude vor­bis (for ogg), FLAC, m4a and the de­fault WAV. You may be prompted to in­stall ad­di­tional soft­ware ( Abcde re­quires eyeD3 to tag MP3 files, for ex­am­ple).

Af­ter launch­ing, the CD will be matched to the cddb data­base. You’ll be asked if you want to man­u­ally edit this in­for­ma­tion us­ing a text edi­tor (the nano op­tion is the sim­plest), then you’ll be asked a ques­tion about whether or not it’s a multi-artist CD be­fore the rip­ping process starts. If you want to con­fig­ure spe­cific de­faults, en­abling you to rip CDs sim­ply by pop­ping the disc in the drive and then typ­ing abcde , then you’ll need to cre­ate a con­fig­u­ra­tion file: $ sudo nano ~/.abcde.conf This will cre­ate an empty text file. Now visit www.an­drews-cor­ner.org/linux/abcde where you’ll find scripts you can copy and paste into this file de­pend­ing on the format you want to rip to.

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