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Sunday, September 15, 2013

How to Convert APE (cd images) in Linux

Sometimes when I download music, the format is in APE which isn't convenient in Linux.

To convert a single APE file to a single FLAC file:

ffmpeg -i inputaudio.ape outputaudio.flac
To rip the multiple tracks from an entire CD image (with a .cue file) from a single APE file:

1st, convert the entire large ape to flac.
ffmpeg -i inputaudio.ape outputaudio.flac
2nd, edit the .cue file: Look for the line which lists the file name of the .ape file.
FILE "The Shrimp Shack Shooters - The Album.ape" WAVE
Change this to the converted output flac file:
FILE "The Shrimp Shack Shooters - The Album.flac" WAVE
3rd, then open the .cue file in K3b
4th, switch K3b to Conversion mode, by going to the menu: Project -> Convert Tracks.

Now you can output the tracks from the flac file individually.


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