BatchEncoder ~ An opensource freeware audio conversion frontend

BatchEncoder

BatchEncoder is an audio files conversion software. It supports most of popular audio file formats including lossy and lossless compression. The program is very simple to use. BatchEncoder is basically GUI front-end for command-line tools. All it does is create background processes and pass arguments to it with options set in presets/format menu and additionally adds input and output file paths.

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EAC – Ripping – Archiving Albums

EAC is often used to create an exact copy of a CD which can be stored in a digital media archive or library. The goal is to preserve all information from a CD, such that the CD can be recreated from an archive and or is playable from a library. With EAC, the original audio files and a .cue file, an exact copy can be made and with FLAC files, a lossless music library may be built. Creating a folder which contains the audio files and a cue file is done via the following method:

  1. Open EAC and insert the CD you wish to archive.
  2. If using the freedb plugin, select the correct cover art
  3. Verify that the downloaded information is complete and correct
  4. Convert all CD information to title case
    Ripping - Upper All First Characters - Cropped
  5. Remove any extra spaces
    Ripping - Remove Unwanted Spaces - Cropped
  6. Detect the CD’s gaps
    Ripping - Action - Detect Gaps
  7. Create the cue sheet and album folders
    Ripping - Create Cue Sheet - Current Gap Settings
  8. Rip the CD in Burst Mode, which creates the individual audio files
    ripping to FLAC
  9. Switch to Secure Mode and re-rip tracks any tracks that did not rip accurately

This process also creates an EAC log file in the same folder.

Mp3tag – Universal Tag Editor

Mp3tag is a powerful and easy-to-use tool used to edit the metadata of audio files. It supports batch tag-editing of ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE tags for multiple files at once, covering a variety of audio formats.

Furthermore, it supports online database lookups from Amazon, Discogs, MusicBrainz or freedb allowing you to automatically gather proper tags and download cover art for your music library.

You can rename files based on tag information, replace characters or words in tags and filenames, import / export tag information, create playlists and more.

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FLAC – Free Lossless Audio CODEC

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo just like you would an MP3 file.

FLAC stands out as the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec, and the only one that at once is non-proprietary, is unencumbered by patents, has an open-source reference implementation, has a well documented format and API, and has several other independent implementations.

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Winamp — Popular Extensible Music Player

Winamp — It really whips the llama’s ass!

The classic alternative to Window Media Player. Winamp is a cross platform, extensible, free and skinnable media player with a large community and a long past. Development has stopped, but may start again, meanwhile, the development community has largely moved to Foobar2000.

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