Audio CD Ripping and Burning in GNOME

In this article, Ken Vandine takes you through how to convert your audio CDs into music files using Sound Juicer and then follows that up by showing you how to burn an audio CD using GNOME Baker.



There are many great tools available for the GNOME Desktop, including audio ripping and burning tools. The goal of this article is to point out how simple it really is to rip and burn CDs and DVDs yourself. Let’s start with some definitions and then continue on to how the process is actually done.

Audio CD Ripping: Converting a traditional audio CD into digital formats, including mp3, ogg, etc.

Audio CD Burning: Creating a traditional audio CD from a digital music collection.

Audio CD ripping

Sound Juicer is a very simple tool for ripping CDs. Sound Juicer will automatically query song, artist, and album information off of the web (known as cddb) and embed that information in the music it rips.

Insert the Audio CD

Start out by inserting the Audio CD into your drive and fire up Sound Juicer, Applications->Sound & Video->Sound Juicer CD Ripper in most Linux Distributions.

Track selection

When Sound Juicer starts, all tracks will be selected by default. If you don’t wish to rip all tracks, de-select the unwanted tracks. When selection is done, simply hit the Extract button on the bottom right.

If you are unsure where the music files are being stored, check the preferences for Sound Juicer. You can also change the format for audio file naming and directory structure, which is outside the scope of this article.

Audio CD burning

GnomeBaker, a great tool for CD Burning projects. GnomeBaker can be used to make make both data CD/DVDs and audio CDs. This section will cover the process of using GnomeBaker to create Audio CDs that will play in any CD Player.

Beginning an Audio CD project

The first step is to start GnomeBaker which could vary based on your Linux Distribution. The usual place for running this application is Applications->System Tools->GnomeBaker. GnomeBaker defaults to Data Disk; you will need to select the Audio Disk tab below the file selector pane.

Music selection

In the top left pane, browse the filesystem selector to the directory of the songs that you wish to add to the CD. You will see the songs in the top right pane.

Add to project

Select all the songs that you wish to add, right click and select Add file(s). You will now see your songs in the bottom window pane, as part of your new CD project. You will also see the song information, like artist and album.

There is a bar along the bottom that shows how full the CD will be. There is also a drop down selector that allows you to choose the CD length. The default is usually good, however if you have a different length CD, you will need to adjust the selector.


Last step in the process is to burn the disk. When you are happy with the composition of your CD, click the Create Audio Disk button on the bottom right. A dialog will ask you to confirm your device and a couple of settings. Then click the Start button and sit back because it will take a bit to burn depending on the speed of your drive.


Now you can convert your music collection into a digital format and burn your own CDs. You are now in control of your music. You can import all your music onto your PC, play the music back from the convenience of your PC, and burn it back onto CDs that can be played in any traditional CD player. In a future article I will explain how to manage your music and work with portable music players like the iPod and iRiver.

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Posted on March 9, 2005, in March 2005. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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