||[Mar. 18th, 2001|09:33 pm]
I woke up at 4:30 today. Heh.
Woke up to tons of mail (what's new?) but the cool thing is that LJ's $10,000 fundraiser goal was reached... only 3 days. How cool is that? We still need $3,000 or so, then we'll buy the Alpha. *drool*
I've had a headache for the past 3 days, but it's going away now.
Working on getting freevote moved over to Marcus' servers.
Room's clean. Doing laundry. Working on a cddb+rip+encode program. There are tons out there, but I want to write my own (what's new?) because I want to. I assume most of the existing ones suck too, but if not--- let me know. Need something that'll query Freedb, then cdparanoia, then lame. There's a CDDB module for perl but it's being difficult. I think I'm going to write this in Perl-Gtk or even Python-Gtk... that'd be a project.
Update: grip is sexy. I'll use this instead.
tear has done me well (plenty of flexibility), but CDDB is being a bitch recently.
I'm also a command-line junkie, so no help about GUIs :)
2001-03-18 09:45 pm (UTC)
I really want to find a great rip+encode /w cddb support program. i keep on thinking i should just write one that would do everything. the big thing with all the one's i've tried is that there is little support for submitting cds that aren't listed yet. the ones that do support it don't do everything else very good. bah.
grip is good? i'll look at it.
2001-03-18 09:56 pm (UTC)
Considered Ogg Vorbis?
Dunno if you're interested at all, but have you considered, or tried, Ogg Vorbis
Ogg Vorbis is a high quality, patent free, open source digital audio format. It boasts higher sound quality and smaller file sizes than mp3's.
The software is mostly still 'beta', but it's gotten to the point where it's fairly usable, and with the little bit of playing around I've done so far. . . it's pretty impressive.
(And gaining support, plugins are available for WinAmp and FreeAmp on Win32, and XMMS and others, on *nix)
I'm considering going to it as a replacement for mp3 for anything I rip myself, soon. . . definitely an interesting (and very cool) project. ;-)
2001-03-18 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Considered Ogg Vorbis?
I jumped on the VQF band-wagon back in the day, but that never caught on.
I'll stick to VBR mp3s. I don't mind disk space. I care about things working. If I make Ogg files, then friends of mine can't listen to my stuff over the network.
2001-03-18 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Considered Ogg Vorbis?
Yeah, that's one of the main reasons I've stuck with mp3 so far, too.
I heard that RealPlayer is beta'ing support for Ogg Vorbis the other day though, which is what got me to give it another look.
Is grip painfully slow for you? I know using grip under linux on a 1GHz athlon was around half as fast as using MusicMatch under windoze on a 500 MHz P3 laptop - at least for me. It also used cpu cycles like no one's business.
I then tried it with the ogg encoder and after spending an annoyingly long amount of time it produced corrupted output files. D'oh! I just gave up and went back to MM on W98 after that, as it seemed to be pretty much better in every way possible. I had a pretty disappointing time with it, overall.
So, have you made up your mind about re-opening the sale of permanent accounts? I finally accept a job offer only to find out you shut down sales a few hours before. D'oh! I want mine. ;)
People are talking about having an ebay auction for a few dozen of them.
Not sure if it'll happen (perhaps if somebody sets it up), but also I should ask people if they're cool with that.
grip seems okay so far... no complaints about it. It does seem to be taking a lot of CPU, though... yeah.
I posted this to Patrick the other day. Autorip
. It's still what I'd consider beta. But a little bit of hacking and it'd rock. I rewrote portions of it at work and it's pretty solid.
Have you looked in Bladeenc for an MP3 encoder? It's my encoder of choice... If you're strictly in it for quality it's the way to go.
Anyway I ripped 9 gig of MP3s at work in a week with Autorip. Check it out.
2001-03-19 01:21 am (UTC)
I think you use the term "sexy" a little too much when referring to software. :)
...which may be an explaination behind the "butter-like" substance muting Mellow Gold...
2001-03-19 01:18 pm (UTC)
Watch out with grip-- it doesn't really understand when you change CDs. I've had it not rip whole albums because it didn't understand that since the CDDB data had changed, the CD had also changed?!?
Solution: shut it down in between rips.
I've almost written my own ripper, but I haven't because I thought you'd laugh at me. :P
Should be about 100 lines of Python-GTK.
It seems to support ripping one CD while one is still encoding, but maybe that's the problem I'm running into with it right now.... maybe it's using the times from one CD to find the boundaries. Could be why it's so fucked.
LJ CD Ripper;
LJ CD Burner:
LJ Zip Disk;