Some MP3 encoders fail to create the proper file headers when encoding variable bit rate MP3 files. When that happens, the song length displayed will often be be incorrect when playing the song back. One of the ways this can be handled is by adding a Xing header to the MP3 file. One tool that's available on Linux to do this is vbrfix.
To install vbrfix in Ubuntu, first make sure that the universe repository is enabled in your software sources. Then you can install it through one of the graphical package managers, or from the command line with: Read more
I recently got a new TV that allows me to stream audio and video from my computer to the TV. I tend to archive music from CD's I've purchased in FLAC format. Unfortunately, FLAC is not one of the formats supported by my TV. I decided to write a little script to convert my music archive into one of the supported file formats. Read more
One of the older posts on this site shows how to resample MP3 files on Linux with LAME. One of the problems with that process is that the MP3 tags are not maintained when resampling, so I had to work around the issue by copying certain tags from the original files to the new files. As it turns out, there's a way to use the GStreamer framework to resample audio files and maintain the tags. In this post I'll show the commands you can use to resample audio files to both constant bitrate and variable bitrate MP3's. Read more
If you've ever been a KDE user, you are probably familiar with the Amarok music player. Perhaps you prefer GNOME over KDE but you really prefer Amarok over the music players normally offered in GNOME. You could always go ahead and install Amarok, but it brings along a ton of KDE dependencies. Good news! There is a GTK+ alternative. Read more
My last post was about converting audio files in Linux with GStreamer. In that post I showed how to convert FLAC files to Ogg Vorbis files and retain the audio tags. You may however, have an audio player that does not support playing Ogg Vorbis audio files and you want to convert your files to MP3 instead. Read more