Music collection

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I currently use "abcde" for ripping CD's. It's doing most of what I need now thanks to careful tuning of the .abcde.conf file.

I started using "grip" to convert my discs to audio files a long time ago when it came with Ubuntu. They dropped it from Ubuntu but I still used it by compiling from source.

I experimented with using FLAC but found it was not working in the Logitech Mediaserver. Instead of continuing to fight with it I opted to bump up the quality on the rip for my CD's.

All my players handle FLAC. Oh well.

abcde

Read the wiki here http://abcde.einval.com/wiki/

Embedding cover art Fixing Genre tag Fixing Artist tag (removing "The")

If the image is big then resize down to 512x512

file cover.jpg
mv cover.jpg backup
convert backup -resize cover.jpg
for i in *mp3; do 
  eyeD3 --add-image=cover.jpg:FRONT_COVER --artist=Pentangle --genre=Folk "$i"
done

Or just add the image

for i in *mp3; do 
  eyeD3 --add-image=cover.jpg:FRONT_COVER "$i"
done



Grip

I use a locally compiled version of grip. Version 3.3.1 compiled on Ubuntu 14.10

Download from: http://sourceforge.net/projects/grip/

Build

sudo apt-get install  lame cdparanoia \
 libgnomeui-dev libghc-vte-dev curl libcurl4-openssl-dev
./configure
make -j 6
sudo make install

vte is a terminal widget

Configure

Currently I just keep all the files in a folder hierarchy. I tried keeping a MySQL database but found that I never used it.

Device is /dev/sr0

Encoder

MP3

I used to use these settings for MP3 encoding.

Encoder is "lame".

command line: -h -V 1

file extension is .mp3

file format: ~/music/%A/%d/%t-%n.%x

ID3

Uncheck "Add ID3 tags" -- lame is doing the tagging for us.

DiscDB

I use this: freedb.musicbrainz.org

See http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/FreeDBGateway?highlight=%28freedb%29

Misc

Email address

Do not lowercase filenames

Do not change spaces to underscores