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Old 06-18-2009, 01:06 AM   #16
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sudocode, abcde is great, the problem is I dont want to install X on the machine... the idea is to add a small LCD display with two lines of info...
So the box becomes an appliance...
Old 06-18-2009, 11:11 AM   #17
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cdda2wav + lame in a script. Granted that useful names will always be an issue. Different mixes by the same artist of the same song. Compilation cds with similar stuff. If it's mainstream enough to even have cddb info. Special characters, duplicate file names, and other issues. I tend to go with directories with Artist+Album names, then generic track names.

I tend to just keep the wavs. And convert to mp3 as needed. But I've got a sort of micro studio with better than average converters (soundcard) and monitors (speakers). So the difference in quality is much more noticeable. Plus disk space is cheap these days. $100 for 500GB of space. That's more than 500 CDs uncompressed at less than $1 a disc, on a single device. And since you still have the CDs you can reclaim that space at will for other uses.
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Personally I never encode to mp3 if I plan on listening to it myself later on, because I can always notice a significant loss of quality no matter what options I use. I almost always use flac, but ogg and aac also produce significantly better quality audio, IMO (are less lossy), so I use them occasionally.
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blueteq, abcde is a bash script - no X dependencies. I know said "frontend to cdparanoia" but I didn't mean "GUI frontend". I use abcde+ivman on a headless box to rip CDs without user interaction - an appliance if you like. The details are in the blog post I linked to above.
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Thanks sudocode, apologies, I did assume frontend meant GUI.... I will look at the post.
Appreciate it, I think it would be a good solution.
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As blueteq says VortexBox is the best solution. It rips, tags, and shares out to your network automatically. And it rips to both FLAC and mp3 so you have loseless for your stereo and mp3s for your iPod. VOrtexBox runs completely headless with no X so you can run it on a low end machine. Plus it has a nice web interface and an iPod app to control playback.

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