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Sound Juicer... Easy Music

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Jason Jones

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Posted: 9 Dec 2004

Creating a music library from your collection of CDs in Linux has never been easier.

Sound Juicer rips and encodes CDs as compressed music files, without requiring any complicated setup.

*note* If you get an error saying "The plugin necessary for CD access was not found" when you try to load the Sound Juicer, simply open a console and type in "gst-register" and press enter. That will fix the problem. Restart Sound Juicer and it should load without a hitch.

Here's how to do it:

Opening the program is a bit different in Gnome and KDE.


Follow: "N" -> Multimedia -> More Programs -> CD Ripper

In Gnome

Follow: Programs -> Multimedia -> More -> CD Ripper

Starting the program

When you click CD Ripper, the Sound Juicer program will open.

If you already have a CD in your CD-ROM drive, it automatically senses the CD and tries to find which CD it is through your Internet connection. With mine, it took less than a second to pull up the appropriate CD information. If you aren't connected to the Internet, you'll see "Track 01" "Track 02" etc...

You could click the Extract button right now and it would start ripping your CD. Pretty easy, right?

If you want to investigate the program a bit more, click on Edit -> Preferences

and it will bring up the preferences window.

The default settings for Sound Juicer on Novell Linux Desktop is set to rip in Ogg Vorbis format (click here for a tutorial on sound formats) to your home directory with the name of the Artist, followed by the name of the Album, with each song named "Track Number - Track Name.ogg". If this suits you, you're ready to rip!

If not, then simply change the preferences to your taste, close, then re-open the program - and you're good to go!

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