Most computers today have hardware for producing great sound, which,
when combined with good speaker systems, rival the traditional
audiophile's setup. With the explosive growth of mp3
(which is popular but, unfortunately, has patent and licensing issues)
and ogg (which is an open standard growing in
popularity) you will need a suitable player on your desktop to enjoy
your music. Many choices exist for GNU/Linux. Also, tools to extract
the music from your CDs into ogg format are also
abundant. Indeed GNU/Linux provides tools for listening to,
recording, and modifying audio.
In this chapter we cover the setting up of audio chips under
GNU/Linux, as well as tools for capturing audio to file and for
manipulating audio files, and applications to listen to the audio.
Burning audio CDs is discussed in Section 14.3 and
extracting audio from your DVD is covered in
See Chapter 63 for details of dealing specifically with
music, as in printing sheet music and guitar tabulates.
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