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

ftransc: convert audio files

If you want to crunch those large FLAC files to mp3 and are looking for a quality audio converter, try ftransc. The advantage to ftransc is its ease of use from the cmdline. There is no need to be an audio expert. Using presets make ftransc very simple to use. It comes with a Qt based GUI as well. And if you are a Rhythmbox fan then you also have a ftransc plugin. It integrates with Nautilus as well. Continue reading ftransc: convert audio files

Asunder: rip audio CDs

I had many old audio CDs lying around at home. Though I would want to listen to some of the tracks every now and then I wouldn’t have the CDs with me all the time. I decided t rip all of them as FLAC and save to my hard disk. Going through the options on Ubuntu I chose Asunder. I got flawless quality with the extracted audio. Asunder is lightweight, supports many output formats and is very easy to use. Once you insert an audio CD the tracks will be detected automatically and Asunder will fetch the album information from the internet. It then names the tracks with that information. You can optionally edit the names.

Asunder is a very old tool (the project started Jan 2005) and I might not have covered it but it’s a very useful tool and is still maintained and updated regularly.


  • Save audio tracks in WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Opus, Wavpack, Musepack, AAC, and Monkey’s formats
  • Set compression, quality or bitrate level
  • Uses CDDB (FreeDB) to name and tag each track
  • Creates M3U playlists
  • Can encode to multiple formats in one session
  • Simultaneous rip and encode
  • Allows for each track to be by a different artist
  • Does not require a specific desktop environment
  • Supports various formats for file name
  • Automatically eject disk when finished


To install on Ubuntu, run:

$ sudo apt-get install asunder

Webpage: Asunder

Qmmp: xmms clone for your music

Qmmp is a powerful XMMS or Winamp clone (visually) for Linux with an array of advanced capabilities. It is written in Qt and works on a plugin based architecture. While it has numerous features, some of the significant ones are:

  • Supports many audio file formats.
  • Plugins for DSP effects.
  • Plugins for visual effects.
  • Supports various audio outputs (pulseaudio, ALSA …).
  • 10 band equalizer.
  • MMS support.
  • Play audio streams over the internet.
  • Skinnable. Add skins with .wsz extension from 1001 Skins.
  • Lyrics support.
  • Cover art.
  • Multiple playlists support.
  • Audio format converter.
  • ReplayGain scanner.
  • External programs execution on track change.
  • As it is written in Qt it can run on multiple desktop environments.
  • Free and open source.

Run the following to install Qmmp on Ubuntu (instructions for other distros here):

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install qmmp
$ sudo apt-get install qmmp-plugin-pack

Webpage: Qmmp

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