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ONLamp: Ripping MP3s

FreeBSDI never got into the MP3 thing. The wholesale swapping of music online just makes fair use look bad. Plus, my home computer is comfortably situated in the nexus of several speakers attached to a high-quality home stereo. Why would I trade several hundred CDs and high-fidelity recordings for tiny computer speakers? However, as my work schedule shifted, I found myself having a greater need for lugging CDs to and from work. This seemed to be a decent application for MP3s.

Ripping CDs to MP3 is a fairly straightforward process that is ripe for automation. You need the artist, title, and song list from each CD. Thisinformation is freely available online through a number of online music databases. CDDB is the best-known example. Armed with this information, you copy the audio track to your hard drive using a "ripper." FreeBSD includes several different rippers, and the core OS actually has the ability to rip audio tracks. You then "encode" the ripped file to MP3. Finally, you label the MP3. There are several other trivial functions that can be added to this process to make life later a little simpler, such as writing .m3u index files, but these are the basics.

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