Friday, January 2, 2015

CD to FLAC (OS X, command-line) using abcde

The Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) is an lossless open-source format for music (cf. MP3 which is both lossy and proprietary). abcde is an open-source command line program to convert CDs to FLAC, and auotmatically add metadata (Artist name etc.). The OS X  version is available on MacPorts. Only one command needed:

abcde -o flac -d /dev/disk2

If you also want to eject the disk from the command line (rather than Finder):

diskutil eject -t  /dev/disk2

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