Someone handed me 4 of our music CDs and said, “How would you go about putting all these songs on one CD so that I can play them in my classroom?” I laughed and headed over to the computer. Since I was on Ubuntu 8.10 side of my computer, I decided to investigate what applications I could use. Of course, none immediately jumped out at me, so I went on the web and did a Google search on linux cd ripper.

One of the items that came up–the first one actually–was Grip. You can find their web site online . Grip describes itself in this way:

Grip is a cd-player and cd-ripper for the Gnome desktop [note that Kanotix uses KDE, but that Grip works in KDE GUI environment anyways]. It has the ripping capabilities of cdparanoia builtin, but can also use external rippers (such as cdda2wav). It also provides an automated frontend for MP3 (and other audio format) encoders, letting you take a disc and transform it easily straight into MP3s. Internet disc lookups are supported for retrieving track information from disc database servers.Grip works with DigitalDJ to provide a unified “computerized” version of your music collection.

So, to get a copy of Grip, I dropped into command line (although I could just have easily run Synaptic, the GUI for command line apt-get) and typed in the following:

sudo aptitude install grip

and 2 minutes later (no kidding) I had the program running and working. In the Tracks tab, your list of CD tracks pops up–with song names–and then you can select the ones you want, then go to the rip tab and save the encoded files. I always encode to OGG format now rather than MP3.

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