I'm new here, but I'll get right to the point. I'm turning this PC into a dedicated jukebox. I would like to use linux as the OS, but I haven't found any programs that can directly encode songs from the CD to a compressed format (.ogg, .mp3, etc. etc.) I can rip the songs to a .wav then encode the file but it takes a very long time; I don't know exactly how long because I've canceled every encoding I've tried so far.. but I can safely say that it takes longer to encode the songs than to actually listen to them from the CD. This isn't really acceptable, because I don't feel like spending >300 hours of my time encoding my CD collection to my HDD's.
I've experimented this with Windows Media Player (on Win98) and it takes about 10 minutes per CD to encode the music to the .wma file. This proves to me that the technology is out there to efficiently encode music directly from the CD. However, I'm still at a loss when it comes to linux because I haven't found any programs that can do what I'm looking for. Everything I've run across needs to convert the file to a .wav, then encode the file to whichever format I specify. This takes a very long time. I'm not looking for an exact match in efficiency with a linux program compared to the Windows Media Player (I'm willing to sacrifice a few minutes per CD to use linux... but I'm not willing to spend over an hour of encoding per CD)
Does anyone know any programs that can do what I'm looking for? To sum it all up, I just want to spend about 15 minutes per CD to encode my 200 disk CD collection on my 12GB HDD space.
Thanks for reading,
in case it helps......
CPU: Pentium II 450MHz
CD-ROM: NEC 32X
HDD: 1-Samsung 4GB, 2-Fujitsu 8GB
OS: Red Hat Linux 9