Converting Audio Files with GStreamer

December 13, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: command line, gnome, HowTo, linux 

I've written before about ripping audio CD's from the command line (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). Certainly, if you're just ripping a new CD, then just convert the audio to your chosen format at that time. But maybe you've been archiving your music in FLAC format or you purchased some high bit-rate MP3's for download and now you want them in a different format or bit-rate for your music player.  Read more

Command Line Basics: Ripping Audio CD’s, Part 4

September 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, lame, linux, Ubuntu 

In the previous installments of Command Line Basics: Ripping Audio CD's, I've gone through ripping CD's and saving the files as WAV files, transcoding those files to Ogg Vorbis audio, and finally, querying an online CD database tagging those Ogg files. I the last installment, I promised to show a more automated way to do this. Yes, you could write your own Bash script to automate some of the steps, but as is often the case with Open Source Software, someone else has already done the work for you. Read more

Review: RockBox

January 12, 2010 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, gadget, linux, mp3, review 

RockBox is a free and open source firmware available for several different digital music players. Stable releases are available for the following music players:

  • Apple: iPod 1g through 5.5g, iPod Mini and iPod Nano 1g
  • Archos: Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, FM Recorder, Recorder V2 and Ondio
  • Cowon: iAudio X5, X5V, X5L, M5, M5L, M3 and M3L
  • iriver: iHP100 series, H100 series, H300 series and H10 series
  • Olympus: M:Robe 100
  • SanDisk: Sansa c200 series, e200 series and e200R series
  • Toshiba: Gigabeat X and F series

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Ubuntu 9.10 Post Installation To-Do List

November 10, 2009 by · 13 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

Install video drivers

If required/desired, install hardware specific video drivers (nVidia or ATI). Go to System?Administration?Hardware Drivers and enable the drivers for your video card. You will need to reboot to make this take affect. Read more

Tagging mp3 Files in Linux with EasyTAG

November 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: HowTo, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

I did a post on the Ubuntu Forums a while back on how to update mp3 file tags with a program called EasyTAG. I've tried a few different tag editors and found that EasyTAG best meets my needs. It's available in the Universe repositories in Ubuntu. Read more

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