Extracting Music From CDs
You may want to record your own audio CDs so that you can listen to
them on your computer or to perhaps download them to your portable
player. This involves reading the WAV tracks from your
audio CD. For a CD these will normally take up to 600MB, quite a bit
of hard disk storage, especially if you have a large CD collection.
This is where the mp3 and ogg formats come
in. A 600MB audio CD can be encoded as a 50MB ogg file,
allowing the storage of the equivalent of 12 WAV CDs in the space of a
single DATA CD with ogg.
We focus on ogg because it is a free (libre) and has an
edge over mp3 for sound quality (see, for example,
ogg encoders and players are freely available and mobile
players supporting ogg are becoming popular.
Debian provides numerous packages to handle this process of generating
ogg data from your CD, including the Gnome
and the traditional grip.
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