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

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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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Posted by: Vivek Gite

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  1. 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. 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

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