fmedia: play, record, convert audio

musicWith the abundance of processing power, multimedia players have turned more and more resource hungry. While it may be reasonable while playing a H265 encoded video, playing an MP3 file should not take ~50MB resident memory. Unfortunately, SMPlayer uses memory in that range. In our hunt for a lighter audio player we found fmedia, which delivers much more than playing audio. Continue reading fmedia: play, record, convert audio

fre:ac: rip, convert and tag audio

freacfre:ac is a powerful open source multi-platform audio converter and audio tag editor. Various audio formats are supported and if you want to bring some order into into music collection you can download track information from services like CDDB or freedb. It can also rip music from CDs and utilizes multiple cores if available. You can also run it as a portable application. In summary, it is a very useful tool if you maintain a music collection. Continue reading fre:ac: rip, convert and tag audio

Audio Convert: convert audio on Linux

musicWeeks back I faced a problem with playing my WMA files on Android. Due to DRM related issues Android does not support WMA on the fly. The only app I could find to play them was PowerAmp. But I was reluctant to waste some MBs (~ 6MB) on my phone just to play WMA files. While searching for a good converter on Ubuntu I came across Audio Convert, a script which converts audio files using a GUI. I have tried converting only WMA to MP3 till now and it works like a charm. Uses lame in the background to convert to MP3. By default it converted at minimum 128 kbps bitrate which I tweaked to 64 kbps (modify the audio-convert file to add kbps as “quality” to pass to the lame converter. Open-source goodness!). Can be installed as a nautilus extension. Can convert a single file as well as a whole directory of audio files with the same options when used with a wildcard like “*” from the terminal. A great solution for my problem.

Audio Convert can handle convert wav, ogg, mp3, mpc, flac, ape or wma files into wav, ogg, mp3, mpc, flac or ape files.

Webpage: Audio Convert