Ripping CDs On OSX with “abcde”
Yeah you can do it via ITunes, but what if you want to rip it to a .wav / .mp3 / or whatever?
I wanted a solution that was free and I settled on abcde.
“abcde” is a free command-line utility for ripping CDs. I’m sure a lot of people will close this article as soon as they read “command-line”. However, I would like to reassure you that it’s not hard to use. It is however a little bit tricky to install.
Open up terminal
brew install abcde
This will install abcde and *most* of the required libraries.
If you try running abcde from the command line by typing abcde and hitting return you may see this warning:
abcde: cd-discid is not in your path.
If you see that type in the following and hit return:
brew install cd-discid
Once you have abcde fully set up, you can rip from the command line easily.
Here’s a quick example:
abcde -o wav
The above will rip the inserted CD to .wav format
abcde -o mp3
The above will rip the inserted CD to .mp3 format. You get the idea.