I never could find a good comprehensive guide to turning CD's into MP3's with Linux, and I found out how recently, so I thought I'd post it for posterity. Note that I am legally entitled to translate my CD's into any audio format I choose, as long as I am not sharing them. [I am not a lawyer; this is not legal advice.]
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I'm using Debian. You're on your own if you're not. I install abcde and all of its prerequisites, of which the main one is cdparanoia. Now, I want to rip to MP3 (some day I'll probably go the OGG route), so I change OUTPUTTYPE in
The CD ROM appears to be
Then you just put the CD in and run abcde. It does a lot of nice things for you including naming the tracks.
I learned most of this the hard way. If there's an easy way I should have learned it, please post links.
Coming soon, or at least some day: actually getting your Debian GNU/Linux system to play sound. (In some ways RedHat really has a leg up, but I don't think I'd trade apt-get. Besides, having to figure this all out myself is educational.)