I ripped a couple of CD’s for my son this evening. In the process, I decided to setup Kalarm and Korganizer on his computer so that he could set alarms to remind him to do various chores around the house. While doing all of this, I needed a .wav file so that he could use a song for his alarm. Of course, he wanted one of the songs I had just ripped from his CD. Since I had ripped his songs to .ogg format, I had to investigate which program could convert from .ogg to .wav this the easiest in KDE.
I’ve not used many of the whiz bang functions of KDE and desktop Linux…I’ve been more of a browser, mail, and RSS type of guy for many years. Now that I’ve been using Linux at work and at home, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to figure out how to do things that I’ve never done before. In this case, convert audio to .wav, .ogg, or .mp3 with ease. There is a tool called audiokonverter available in PCLinuxOS 2007 repositories that makes this a snap.
Open up Synaptic and do a search for Audiokonverter. Install it and accept all marked packages as well. Now, rip those CD’s or navigate to the audio files you want converted in Konqueror.
Once there, select all the files you want to convert and right click them. In the right click menu is a new option available for you…Actions >> Convert to. Select this option and convert to any format you so desire (ogg, mp3, aac, wav, and flac). Tell the pop up where to place the newly converted file and enjoy your music in its new format! What a fantastic tool that makes listening and managing music libraries so much easier.
Please note: There is only one caveat to this fantastic tool…it won’t convert music in your mounted samba shares. You’ll first have to copy the music to a local drive and convert it from there. Despite this limitation, it’s quite a fantastic tool!
UPDATE: Make sure you install the “lame” package in PCLinuxOS via Synaptic. This allows you to move from various formats of audio to mp3.
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