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Old 03-28-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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Music Q - How to convert wav files into mp3...

...via linux....I have 35 CD's of music (all wav files) that I would like to import/copy to my HD of linux (OpenSuSE 10.2)...when I tried to copy the first CD to my HD I cancelled it after 4 hours (too big, too long) intent is to create a playlist with Amarok. I have 30-40 songs already on my HD in mp3 format. So the Q is how do I convert the 35 CD's to mp3 format within linux? What program will accomplish this or do I have to do it via XP and the reburn them to mp3 format.
Thoughts? Thanks for your input...
Old 03-28-2008, 08:21 AM   #2
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You can use lame:
for i in *.wav; do lame  $i `basename $i .wav`.mp3; done
Old 03-29-2008, 05:28 PM   #3
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do I need to run that command/script as my regular user or as root?...I still have to copy the CD and then run lame on/in that directory?
Old 03-30-2008, 04:12 AM   #4
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Assuming the .wav files are in a directory of your regular user, use that user.

You should only really use root for administrative purposes, and encoding audio files is not an admin task. Admin tasks are things like installing software, managing user accounts, starting and stopping server processes. Encoding audio files is a non-admin task, and should not be done with the root user if it is possible to do it with a normal user.

However, if you created the .wav files as root (e.g. ran a CD ripping program as root), the files will probably be saved to some place where your normal user cannot write, e.g. /root/Music/ (this is a guess... where are the files?). Such files will also be "owned" by root.

If this is the case, you should move the files to your normal user account home directory (or some sub-directory of it), and change the ownership of the files to that user (using the chown command, which you will have to execute as root - a normal user cannot 'steal' root's files, but root can give them away). Then you can continue with the encoding using the non-root user.


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