For as long as I can remember, Grip has been my choice for ripping audio CDs and encoding them as either Ogg Vorbis, flac or MP3. However, today (2011-09-06), I discovered taht grip was no longer available in Debian (my other machines still has it installed since it's a couple of years since I installed their OS afresh). Hence, I had to look for something else and ripit caught my eye.

After a bit of reading in its manual pages, I got it do do what I want: lower case file names, underscores instead of spaces, output in my desired folder where the album is a sub directory of the artist directory, easy ripping and encoding using the Ogg Vorbis codec.

I'll probably do some more experimenting with it, but this line got me what I wanted:

$ ripit -l \
  -u \
  -g Folk \
  -y 2011 \
  -o ~/music/ \
  --dirtemplate '"$artist/$album"'

As you might have guessed, the-g and -y options are only necessary when those music meta data cannot be fetched from CDDB, hence, you can normally omit those.

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