Ripping Music Tracks from CDs

This is another topic that's impossible to cover without at least acknowledging that both ethics and legal issues are involved. I'm not going to get into legalities here, but my personal ethics are that it's fine to rip (copy) music off my own CDs for my own use. If I want to pull my favorite songs off CDs that I purchased and set them up so I can listen to them collectively in a random playlist off of my computer's hard drive, I don't see a problem with this. However, doing this and then taking the CD back for a refund is theft, in my opinion.

So, with that said, a number of music ripping programs are available in Linux:

11 Fedora: Choose ApplicationsOSound & VideoOSound Juicer CD Ripper (see Figure 18-4).

Figure 18-4:

The Sound Juicer CD Ripper in Fedora.

CD Edit Help Title: Artist: Genre:

Sound Juicer

Alhambra

The Tea Party

Alternative

Duration: 27:48

CD Edit Help Title: Artist: Genre:

Alternative

Duration: 27:48

Extract

Track

Title

Artist

Duration

Et

1

The Grand Bazaar

The Tea Party

3:57

a

2

In anna (acoustic version)

The Tea Party

3:19

B

3

Silence (acoustic version}

The Tea Party

3:56

Ef

4

Turn The Lamp Down (acoustic version)

The Tea Party

4:59

El

5

Time

The Tea Party

0:58

m

6

Sister Awake Remix

The Tea Party

^Reread ©Estract i Knoppix: None, though you'd need a second CD drive anyway!

i Linspire: From the main menu, choose ProgramsOAudio & MP3OCNR MoreOG-Rip, and add this program, which is then kept in the Audio & MP3 menu.

i Mandrake: From the main menu, choose MultimediaOSoundOCD Ripper (KAudioCreator).

i SuSE: From the main menu, choose MultimediaOCD/DVD Tools.

i Xandros: None, though you can use the Xandros File Manager to burn CDs. (See the section "Burning CDs and DVDs," later in this chapter.)

To rip songs, with the Sound Juicer, from a CD that you've already inserted:

1. For each song that you don't want to rip, uncheck the Extract check box, next to the song.

The check mark disappears for each song that you don't want to digitize.

2. Choose EditOPreferences.

The Preferences dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 18-5.

Figure 18-5:

The Sound Juicer Preferences dialog box.

Preferences m

CD Drive

HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDR8161B

Album Artist, Album Title

Number -Title

□ Eject when Finished Music Folder /home/dee

Track Names Directory Hierarchy: File Name:

Example Path: Album ArtisVAIbum Title/09 - Track Title

□ Strip special characters Track Format

(s QggVorbis O MP3

O FLAG O Wave

Quality

Coming soon!

CBrowse...

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3. Select your preferred sound format.

I highly suggest Ogg Vorbis because this format is easily handled on Linux machines without any inherent legal problems and is also better compressed than MP3 for equivalent sound.

4. Use the Browse button to select where you want your sound files saved.

5. In the Output Name section, select how you want Sound Juicer to name and arrange the files in subdirectories.

6. Make any other configuration changes you want to make.

7. When finished making changes, click Close.

The dialog box closes.

8. Click Extract.

The Progress dialog box appears, showing you what track you're on and how far within that track you are.

9. Choose CDOEject. The CD tray opens.

10. Remove the CD and close the tray.

11. Close Sound Juicer.

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