Ripping CDs

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XBMC/Kodi has integrated Audio-CD (CDDA) ripping functionality. In order to use this feature, first configure the CD ripping settings (to set which encoder quality to use and where to store the files). To Rip the entire CD, highlight the Audio CD from the My Music root listing and choose Rip Audio CD from the context menu. To rip a single track, enter the Audio CD, highlight the desired track, and choose Rip Audio Track from the context menu.

XBMC/Kodi will automatically download the album-information (via freedb.org CDDB) and update the ID3-tags with the proper information.

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1 CD ripping settings

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Setting Description Setting level
Audio CD insert action
Lookup audio CD track names from freedb.org This will read the information belonging to a inserted audio CD from an internet database. Thus every song will get its correct name and artist displayed.
Saved music folder This option defines the location on your hard drive that ripped tracks will be saved to.
Track naming template Controls the way that your ripped songs will be named. For a list of options that can be used, see Tags Available for Audio Files
Encoder This option defines which audio encoder to use when ripping.
Note: Ubuntu users can download additional audio encoders via the Official Ubuntu PPA. See Adding audio encoders for Ubuntu for details. Kodi users for other OSes don't need to do anything, as all audio encoders are pre-installed in those builds.
-Quality
This option defines in which quality you want to rip your files.
-Bitrate
This option defines which bitrate to use for the specified audio encoder for audio compression.
-Compression level
For FLAC define compression level, default 5
Eject CDs when ripping is complete You'll never guess what this does.


2 Adding audio encoders for Ubuntu

Audio encoders are now binary add-ons, but in Ubuntu they are not packaged with Kodi. All other official Kodi versions have these add-ons included with the default install. For Ubuntu, they must be installed through apt-get, similar to how PVR add-ons are installed. In the future this will be something the user can manage from within the Kodi GUI, but for now they must be installed outside of Kodi.

Note: If you don't already have the Team Kodi (team-xbmc) PPA added, then you will need to do so in order to install the audio encoders (see here). If you're not sure, you probably already have it installed, as that is how you normally install Kodi in the first place.
  1. Quit Kodi if it is already running and open a terminal window
  2. Type in
    sudo apt-get update
    and enter your password when prompted
  3. Type in
    sudo apt-get install PACKAGENAMEHERE
    but replace PACKAGENAMEHERE with a package name from the table below.
    example: sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-flac

The audio encoder add-on should now be installed.

2.1 Audio encoder add-on packages

Package name Description
kodi-audioencoder-vorbis audio encoder for vorbis
kodi-audioencoder-flac audio encoder add-on for FLAC
kodi-audioencoder-lame audio encoder for MP3 (lame)


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