[Wolves] kicking the windoze habit

Barry Humphries gassy_ass at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 11 00:18:36 GMT 2007

Thanks for the replies
The reason I wanted mp3 files is that i use a portable cd player that plays 
mp3 cd's. I know that ogg files may well sound better but to my ears (not as 
young as they once were) it really doesn't matter.
I will give gstreamer plugins etc a try
Dave T

>From: Adam Sweet <drinky76 at yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: Wolverhampton Linux User Group <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk>
>To: Wolverhampton Linux User Group <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk>
>Subject: Re: [Wolves] kicking the windoze habit
>Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 13:14:10 +0000 (GMT)
>--- Barry Humphries <gassy_ass at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi
> > Can anyone help me with advice for a linux app that
> > will
> >
> > 1. Rip cd's to a constant bit rate mp3, not average
> > or vbr
> > 2. Name the tracks with track number, artist, title
> > and hopefully tagging at
> > the same time
>Under Gnome in Ubuntu I use use Sound Juicer.
>As MP3 is non-Free and therefore isn't shipped or
>enabled by default, you have a bit of configuration to
>do, but it is easily done, as described here:
>For MP3 support for Gnome applications you need to
>install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, distributions
>other than Ubuntu might call it something slightly
>The next time you buy a portable audio player,
>consider one which also plays ogg files, which are the
>default format on most Linux distributions. Ogg files
>provide better audio quality for filesize than MP3s or
>AACs, but most mainstream audio players don't support
>it (such as hardware players iPods, Zunes, Creative
>etc or software like iTunes or Windows Media Player).
>On Windows or the Mac, use VLC to play ogg files.
>Whatever you have, you will still be able to play all
>of your old MP3s as almost all media players support
>it, including under Linux with the right codecs
>Recommendations here:
>I bought a Cowon iAudio X5 on a recommendation from
>Peter Oliver and Woo (other list members) and haven't
>looked back since. I also have a car stereo which has
>an aux input on the front so I can use it to play my
>ogg music in the car. I'm rather smug about being able
>to play high-quality audio using non-patent encumbered
>codecs as you can tell.
>Does anyone have a recommendation for an online
>retailer which sells audio/video content without any
>DRM or similar and preferably uses Free codecs?
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