Music is usually stored on audio CDs in an uncompressed format (requires a lot of space, e.g. 700MB for only 80 minutes of audio). Extracting the audio from the CD usually involves compressing it so that it requires less space using:
- quality, less space.
Lossy compressionlower quality
- much less space.
Most common formats to convert to are: APE and FLAC for lossless and MP3 and OGG for lossy.
Music File Formats
There are many different file formats available for you to store your music with, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. A small selection of popular formats which can be used with Ubuntu can be found below:
Ogg Vorbis – A lossy open audio format with excellent support in Ubuntu. See http://vorbis.com/ for more information.
FLAC – A popular lossless open audio format. See http://flac.sourceforge.net/ for more information.
MP3 – The most commonly-used music format, which is supported by most portable music players. MP3 is a patented format.
AAC – The format used by the popular Apple iPod music players. AAC is a patented format.
Two pictures displayed how you can use the CD/DVD burning application K3b to convert songs from an audio CD into MP3 or Ogg files that you can use on your MP3 player, for example (if you choose the Ogg format, your MP3 player must support it).
To selected appliaction install can use Apper too! If you don’t like the terminal based install method…