Turn CD Tracks Into MP3s With Sound Juicer [Linux]

Danny Stieben 03-01-2013

When you look around today, you’ll notice that virtually everyone now uses some digital device, whether it be an iPod or other generic MP3-capable device, to listen to their music. This is very different from a decade or two ago, where most people would carry around portable CD players to listen to their music on the go.


As the technology for MP3-playback and storage became dirt cheap, more and more people started adopting the new devices. However, despite the large number of digital devices, there’s still a good number of CDs that people have lying around that haven’t been converted  yet into their digital copies. Additionally, you still might have some friends who gift you CDs rather than gift cards to your favorite music store.

For those needs and many more, you’ll need to rip your CDs into MP3 format.

About Sound Juicer

Sound Juicer [No Longer Available] is a Linux application which allows you to do just that. Besides the interesting name, it is also extremely easy to use and makes ripping CDs a quick task. The application is written using the GTK framework and is therefore an easy installation for users of the Gnome desktop environment — as well as any other desktop environment which uses GTK such as Xfce XFCE: Your Lightweight, Speedy, Fully-Fledged Linux Desktop As far as Linux goes, customization is king. Not only that, but the customization options are so great it might make your head spin. I have previously mentioned the differences between the major desktop environments... Read More .

KDE users will need to install some additional dependencies, but they’re more than welcome to try out Sound Juicer for themselves.

Getting Started

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After first launching the application, you’ll see the main window of the application. It simply has a couple of text boxes at the top related to information about the CD, while the box in the lower portion of the window will list all of the tracks that are on the disc. All of this will be blank if you don’t have a music CD inserted into your drive – otherwise, you’ll see a lot of information filled out.

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The application uses a service to identify what CD you inserted, and it may ask you between a couple different discs if it’s uncertain. Otherwise, you’re pretty much good to go! You can select a track and click on “Play” if you want to listen to it again to make sure it’s what you think it is, or go ahead and select all the tracks you want to rip and click on “Extract“.


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There are a couple of different settings you can configure to effortlessly get the ripped contents exactly how you want them. Some of the settings which you can choose include where to save the ripped content, in what format they should be (such as MP3, OGG, FLAC, etc), what kind of folder hierarchy should be used for say multiple albums from the same artist, and the file name format of each file, such as an “Artist – Song” format. Otherwise, there’s not much else you can configure, keeping with the overall simplicity of the application.


You can install Sound Juicer by searching through your respective package manager for “sound juicer“. You can also install it via the command line in Ubuntu using the command sudo apt-get install sound-juicer, or in Fedora using sudo yum install sound-juicer.  The application itself is quite small, so if you don’t need to download a load of dependencies, then it should be a quick installation. You may also download the sources here.


I absolutely love Sound Juicer’s ease and simplicity for ripping CDs. There’s always a couple of CDs that I find here and there that I’d like to rip, so having Sound Juicer nearby is extremely handy. If you are looking for a solution or want to try something else, give Sound Juicer a try! Otherwise, if you are a Rhythmbox Play & Manage Your Music Collection With Rhythmbox [Linux] Music is a way of life for a lot of people, and their music collections often reflect that to a massive degree. We all enjoy our music, and should be able to keep tabs with... Read More user, you may also want to check out its own ripping functionality.

How do you rip your CDs on Linux? Why do you prefer your own solution? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. LameUser23423
    December 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Linux CAN rock, but the pitiful SoundJuicer application is not an example of how.

    Note - NO 'Quality Setting' for mp3. Unexcusable, and if you search for older screenshots, then you'll see that SoundJuicer USED TO support this. Then you'll see a bug here:

    Looks like instead of actually fixing the bug, they just worked around it in the most ridiculous way possible: by not letting the user select mp3 quality, when everyone knows that mp3 can sound worthlessly-poor if one doesn't rip it at HIGH quality.

    The fact that the author of this 'article' ignores this, is so utterly noob-ish (and I'm a big Linux noob myself, just not a deaf audio-quality-ignorant own-ears-hating noob like most tinny-speaker-toting three-times-recompressed-audio-listening young people these days appear to be).
    Get a clue.

    Linux sucks BADLY when all these negative factors come into play and the coders try to be as dumbed-down as Windows and Mac, yet without having it "just work" behind the scenes like at least Mac OS manages to, and even Windows offers more than this lame application called SoundJuicer.
    "Fun"? Only when the coders (and Distro packagers) have a clue. Often they appear not to. Wood for the trees kind of thing...

  2. David Commini
    January 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I can't remember the last time that I actually ripped music from a CD. I might have to give this a spin some time in the near future.

  3. Sashritha Peiris
    January 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I wonder why people use an OS like linux when windows and mac os x is available

    • Beirapadua Greaser
      January 28, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Its free and fun. Linux ROCKS

      • Sas
        January 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

        Oh ok. How is it fun. Altthough I agree being free is quite awesome.

        • Danny Stieben
          February 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

          There's way too much to say in a simple comment. All I can say is, do your online research on Linux for more information. :) There are plenty of highly valid reasons to use Linux.

  4. Anonymous
    January 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Asunder CD ripper... simple but does the job

    • DogPooDesign
      September 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Yeah, fuuuuck SoundJuicer.
      But the morons at Asunder (which is NICE apart from this following HUGE issue):
      Instead of ripping the whole CD in one rip action, to /tmp and THEN encoding, it encodes 'drip by drip' as it's read from the CD. Wasting LOADS of electricity and wear on the optical drive (plus making it impossible to free the optical drive for use on another task far quicker than if constantly reading at a snail's pace).
      Now you see why it matters? Which is highly-ignorant of the Asunder designers. Sometimes I just want to rip a CD to shove on my mp3 player in an offline scenario. This now becomes an hour+ task when it should take 15 minutes or something, TOTAL. That's not a trivial amount of time.
      They decided to rip each track as it is read (assumedly this takes place all in RAM). Considering 700MB or less of /tmp space + encoding space + destination file creation space at the destination folder is not a big ask, given the overall needs of ANY ripping application, I cannot understand why it was ever conceivable to design it so badly. Smells of being forced to use a back-end's way of doing things, instead of shove a boot up the ass of the broken back-end's way of doing things...
      Good lukc, Music Lovers.

  5. Greif
    January 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I used to like rubyripper. But these days I run ExactAudioCopy with wine.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

      With wine? That still works? I try to stay away from Wine as much as possible. Lol.