Re: [orca-list] shri~nking mp3s

Yes, abcde is cool.  Also, if you want to do all this inside gnome and
orca, the Sound Juice Extracter is an excellent program too.  With
that, if ripping from a CD, just insert the disk and start up this
program.  You will see a list of tracks and possibly their titles if
available from Music Brainz.  Then there will be two buttons; one for
rip and one for play.  You can configure Sound juicer to ultimately
save the ripped tracks in whatever format you want.

I fully agree with Jason's comments below concerning degrading of
audio quality if you transcode or try to alter bit rates of existing
MP3 files - bad idea.

On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 03:45:13PM +1100, Jason White wrote:
michael weaver <weavermicha googlemail com> wrote:
is there an accessible way of shrinking mp3 files that is accessible
with orca?

If you compress audio with MP3, you will lose quality; the lower the bit-rate
of the MP3 file, the worse the quality is. If you take an existing MP3 file,
decode it, then encode it again as a smaller MP3 file, you'll seriously
degrade the quality of the audio.

The right way to do this is to compress first to a lossless format such as
Flac, store your audio in that format, then compress to Ogg Vorbis, MP3 or
whatever you need. If you're trying to convert audio from a CD, then you
should install cdparanoia. There are scripts available which automate this
sort of conversion, such as abcde, which is available as a Debian package and
it's probably in other distributions as well.

Note that conversion of audio from commercially produced CDs raises copyright
issues; it is your responsibility to make sure that whatever you're planning
to do is legal in your country.

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