Ripping Streams Directly to mp3?

Geoff Shang geoff at
Mon Apr 26 16:47:27 UTC 2010


I'm running MPlayer from the Debian package which doesn't include mencoder 
for some silly reason.  So I can't test this suggestion.

Couldn't you do:

mencoder <url> -o <filename>.mp3

You may need to use options like "-of rawaudio" and "-oac mp3lame", and 
you'll probably want to use "-lameopts" to specify MP3 encoder options 
("-lameopts help" apparently gives you help).

Possible example:

mencoder -of rawaudio -oac mp3lame -lameopts cbr:br=128 <url> -o 

Like I say, i'm not in a position to test this, I've just looked at the 
very comprehensive and sometimes daunting MPlayer man page.  Search for 
"GENERAL ENCODING OPTIONS" to get to the mencoder stuff.

Curious to know how you get on.


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