Managing Audio data in Linux

These days you can do just about anything in the Linux environment, including managing audio data.

‘Just about anything’ however does not equate to everything, as Adobe Photoshop users will attest to. What users of media files can do though, is quite extensive within the confines of Linux, and with these following examples, I can demonstrate a wide array of activity that you can manage, if you are a keen manager of audio and video files.

I will assume of course that readers of this article will know about obtaining media files from the Internet, whether by fair means or foul. That is a topic best left for another day (if ever). What we will focus on is what to do with these files once they have landed on your computer. For this article, I will focus mostly on the management of audio files rather than video.

Let us also assume that audio files do not land on your computer in the tidiest of fashion. Some (not all) people are lazy when it comes to file management. Naming conventions are weird, or non existent, cover art can be missing, there are spelling errors, capitalization is hit and miss etc. You get my drift. On other occasions, only single file FLAC or APE files are contained, which you wish to separate out to individual song files. All of this management takes time, but thankfully, Linux has everything you need to tidy things up. The following is my toolkit for the job at hand.

  • PyRenamer – for the bulk renaming of files within folders/directories.
  • EasyTag – for the naming management of tags within folders/directories, including adding cover art folders to every song.
  • Cover Thumbnailer – displays folder/cover art names for every album/folder within the Linux environment. Every folder icon becomes the album cover.
  • Flacon – file converter of single APE and FLAC files broken out into separate song files.
  • SoundConverter – utility used to convert across codecs (WMA, OGG, mp3, mp4 etc).
  • Audacity – used to break out large single mp3 files.

I use Linux Mint as my desktop of choice (at the time of writing I am using Serena 18.1, which is based on Ubuntu’s Xenial Release 16.04), but you can use any mainstream Linux distribution, so long as these applications can be sourced from your repository. You can go through these individually by clicking on each of the sub-page links (as above).



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