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KDE Dot News: Ripping Audio CDs Made Child's Play

Mar 13, 2001, 07:11 (47 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Matz)

"Last week, Michael Matz contributed some code to the audiocd:IO slave in KDE CVS to make ripping audio CDs child's play. When you browse an audio CD with this new code (using, for example, 'audiocd:/' in Konqueror), you will find two subdirectories: MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. Each subdirectory will list all the tracks on the audio CD with the appropriate extension (.mp3 and .ogg). Each track can then be dragged to any KDE drop location and be converted automatically into the MP3 or OGG compressed formats. In addition, if the track has a CDDB entry, the file is automatically named for you and the .MP3/.OGG tags are set appropriately. The obligatory screenies are linked in the text above. Expect rollout for KDE 2.2, currently scheduled for beta release on April 2. How's that for simplicity? A more complete explanation from Michael is available below."

"Audiocd:/ creates a virtual view (or better multiple views) of the content of audio CDs. These multiple views are collected in virtual directories which all (besides one exception) are subdirectories of the root directory. The actual set of views available to the user depends on how kio_audiocd was compiled, and if a network connection was possible (for the CDDB request). Most of these views consist of one file for each audio track. The difference inthe views is only the actual name of these files, and the content, when those (up to then virtual) files are read...."

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