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Ripping music CDs - program that is good with multiple optical drives



Hello Fedora Users I need some suggestions for ripping CDs.

I've got a few towers with lots of 5.25 bays, and lots of optical drives. I'd like to rip all of my CDs to .ogg Vorbis files, because freedom is awesome, and I don't want to be patent encumbered, or whatever I've been brainwashed to believe. I realize there's not a lot of portable player options, but I'll probably just end up getting some ultra-mobile PC that runs Linux rather than the iPod/Zune/PlayPtation Portable/Rio Karma/CD player that plays MP3s and WMA files that I've use in the past.

I've used iTunes and Windows Media Player a few times to do this task, and both work fine, but I'd love to have a Fedora/Linux-ish solution for this. I didn't keep all my proprietary formatted rips from before, so all I have is the CDs. I've got time to do it, but I want it to be automated as much as possible. I want to put a CD in as many drives as I can attach to the computer, have the CDs read, ripped, tagged, and ejected without intervention (other than changing the discs, of course). I'm not really tied to a structure or naming convention at this point.

Most of the problems I'm seeing are that lots of programs that will do this will only do it on one CD at a time. I've got a dual dual-core Opteron 2218 box (4 cores, 2.6 GHz) and 8 GB of RAM and at least 4 DVD+/-RW drives that I can throw at this, so I really don't want to waste effort going one disc at a time.

I've read a few blog posts that recommend shipping the CDs off to a service, but I don't really want to pay for that. I just want to get the media digitized, in a free format. I am thinking maybe about just doing a lossless format FLAC and maybe transcoding to .ogg/.mp3/.wma or whatever as necessary, but I'm not an audiophile, I just want to take my music with me, and not change CDs... maybe stream it through the house.

Suggestions? I'm a GNOME/GUI kind of person, but I am not averse to using a KDE application, like "Amarok", or a command line script like "abcde". Grip, Rythymbox, whatever... just something that is as hands-off as possible, and won't make me crazy because I have to poke at it to get it to use all the optical drives I have at my disposal. Is Banshee good a ripping from multiple drives?

If it came down to it, I could build a few old, slow machines in empty towers, and have them all dump files into networked storage, but I imagine that the quad box with 4 optical drives will do just fine. I am really just looking for a recently updated application that will use all the drives I can throw at it. If it sucks at playback and organization, that's fine, as long as it's good at ripping and using multiple drives.

Thanks in advance for all the suggestions and help. Just for reading, I'll treat you to this picture of a bunch of old, beige, slow drives that I won't be using, but would if I felt that ripping slow didn't matter.

http://photos.mvpittman.com/CD-ROM_drives/DCP_0386.JPG


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