GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Extracting Music From CDs
You may want to record your own audio CDs so that you can listen to them on your computer or to perhaps download them to your portable ogg-enabled mp3 player. This involves reading the WAV tracks from your audio CD. For a CD these will normally take up to 600MB, quite a bit of hard disk storage, especially if you have a large CD collection. This is where the mp3 and ogg formats come in. A 600MB audio CD can be encoded as a 50MB ogg file, allowing the storage of the equivalent of 12 WAV CDs in the space of a single DATA CD with ogg.
We focus on ogg because it is a free (libre) and has an edge over mp3 for sound quality (see, for example, http://www.digit-life.com/articles/oggvslame/). ogg encoders and players are freely available and mobile players supporting ogg are becoming popular.
Debian provides numerous packages to handle this process of generating ogg data from your CD, including the Gnome sound-juicer and the traditional grip.