If you're like me, you've got terrabytes of space full of digitized media extracted from DVDs and audio CDs. If not, disk space is cheap and ripping audio is pretty easy.


There are hundreds of tools out there that will do it. They can rip your CDs into mp3s, oggs, flac, import them into your 'collection', automatically identify the files, give your media a proper structure, and more. Often, these tools have a GUI interface full of bells and whistles just screaming for attention. What format do you want? How do you want the files named? Should I do CDDB lookup? Musicbrainz? Variable bitrate encoding? Theora encoding quality? What sample rate?

Personally, I just want my music off of there in whatever is the best format. Over the last day or so, i've poured a few hours into a new project of mine. I call it 'rippit'. It rips your media. Thats it. Here's an example of me using it:

tdfischer@pluto$ rippit
Writing to Chipocrite - Positron.flac:
Writing to Chipocrite - I Quit.flac:
Writing to Chipocrite - Love Department.flac:
Writing to Chipocrite - Mr. Knight Is in the Building.flac:
Writing to Chipocrite - Divemaster.flac:
Writing to Chipocrite - Lemonade Stand Tycoon.flac:

You want frills? Bells and whistles? Don't use rippit.

If you want your media off of fragile optical storage as fast as you can and in lossless quality, use rippit. Rippit doesn't care how you've organized your music. Rippit doesn't care if you can tell the difference between a 128kbps and 32kbps mp3 file. Rippit loves you for who you are, and whats better than that?

You can download the 0.0.1 beta here:

Once I tidy things up and make the output a bit friendlier, I'll post about the real 0.0.1 release.

On a side note, the rippit frog is my first substantial piece of artwork made with my new Wacom Bamboo pen tablet, drawn in Krita.