Sound Juicer is an open source piece of software that provides users with a dedicated Audio-CD ripper, specifically designed to be deployed on the GNOME desktop environment.
Key features include a clean, straightforward and easy to use graphical user interface, Audio-CD playback, special character stripping, pre-defined folder hierarchy and file names, GNOME integration, support for a mainstream digital audio formats.
Lean, mean and clean interface
The graphical user interface is straightforward and can be used by anyone. It will automatically load an Audio-CD, if available on the CD/DVD-ROM device, allowing users to play it or rip it with a single click of a button.
From the Preferences dialog, users will be able to select the preferred CD/DVD drive, if multiple are available, choose to force the app to eject the medium after extracting the tracks, as well as to open the music folder when finished.
Additionally, users can choose the output folder where the tracks are ripped, select how the track name will be formatted, enable stripping of special characters, as well as to choose an output format (OGG Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, and AAC are supported at this time).
Under the hood and availability
The application depends on a few important open source libraries, such as the libao audio output library, libdiscid MusicBrainz DiscID creator library, and the libmusicbrainz5 MusicBrainz server access library.
In addition, it also depends on the Brasero CD/DVD burning software and the powerful GStreamer multimedia framework, which provides the built-in support for its digital audio formats.
It is available for download as a source archive, which can be configured, compiled and installed on any Linux distribution as long as all requirements are met. The program is usually distributed with the GNOME desktop environment, and can be installed from the default software channels of many Linux OSes.
Overall, Sound Juicer proves to be a very easy to use Audio-CD ripper, encoder and player application for the GNOME desktop environment. It is exactly what the doctor ordered, too bad that Audio-CDs are not so popular anymore.