How Do I Burn MP3 onto an audio CD from Linux shell command prompt?

by on October 21, 2005 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED November 30, 2007

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Recently I decided to burn selected MP3 files on an audio CD from command prompt.

First, you need to convert your mp3 (myfile.mp3) into .wav (myfile.wav) file:
$ mpg123 -w myfile.wav myfile.mp3
Use above command to convert all files to mp3

Then burn all .wav file on to the CD
# cdrecord -dev=ATA:1,0,0 -eject speed=4 -pad -audio *.wav

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1 Rob December 7, 2005 at 10:58 am

You can use lame to encode the WAVs to MP3s. Once wav file created using cdparanoia you can use lame to encode the file wav to an MP3:

lame myfile.wav myfile.mp3

lame also supports bitrate option for example to use 256 kilobytes bitrate you can use:

lame -b 256 myfile.wav myfile.mp3

Read man page of lame for all supported options.


2 Kan June 15, 2007 at 11:30 pm

to convert all mp3 files at once, do:
for i in *.mp3; do mpg123 -v -w "${i%mp3}wav" "$i"; done


3 ANonymous July 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm



4 Jake April 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

To convert all mp3 files, accounting for spaces in names and correcting the “filename.mp3.wav” naming, try:

IFS=$'\n' ; for i in $(ls |grep mp3$) ; do echo $i ; mpg123 -w `basename $i .mp3`.wav $i ; done


5 El_Siurell April 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

You did not set back IFS:
add last command :
IFS=$’ \n\t’


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