Perl Audio Converter
Perl Audio Converter (PAC) is an open source, multiplatform, freely distributed and easy-to-use command-line software that has been designed from the offset to be used for converting multiple audio file types from one format to another.
Features at a glance
Key features include CD ripping functionality with CDDB (Compact Disc Database) support, tag preservation, playlist and batch conversion, independent tag reading and writing, and support for a wide range of audio file formats.
Furthermore, the software features a powerful audio tagger, recursive directory support, directory structure preservation, parallel processing functionality, as well as extensions for the Konqueror, Dolphin, Thunar and Nemo file managers.
Supported audio file formats
Perl Audio Converter supports a wide range of audio file formats, among which we can mention MP2, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, Monkey Audio, FAAC (AAC/M4A/MP4), Musepack (MPC), Wavpack (WV), OptimFrog (OFR/OFS), TTA, LPAC, Kexis (KXS), AIFF, AC3, Lossless Audio (LA), AU, SND, RAW, VOC, SMP, RealAudio (RA/RAM), WAV, and WMA.
In addition, the 3G2, 3GP, 8SVX, ADTS, AL, AMB, AMR, APE, AVR, BONK, CAF, CDR, CVU, DAT, DTS, DVMS, F32, F64, FAP, FLA, FSSD, GSRT, HCOM, IMA, IRCAM, MAT, MAUD, MAT4, MAT5, MPP, NIST, OFF, OPUS, OGA, PAF, PRC, PVF, RA, RF64, SD2, SF, SHN, SOU, SPX, SRN, TAK, TXW, VMS, VQF and W64 audio file formats are also supported.
Featuring a Nautilus script, the application is capable of extracting audio streams from a wide range of video formats, including AVI, MKV, RM, ASF, RV, DivX, MPG, MPEG, MOV, QT, OGM, VOB, VCD, WebM, M4V, NSV, PSP, SVCD, FLV, NUV, OGV, SMK and WMV.
Under the hood, availability and supported operating systems
As its name suggests, Perl Audio Converter is written entirely in the Perl programming language, which means that it is supported under all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as on various BSD flavors. It’s distributed as a source tarball, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.