Digitizing audio cassettes and extracting the contents of digital cartridges.
Linux for blind general discussion
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Thu Sep 7 17:34:36 UTC 2017
Ok, I know that there is a kind of cable that works with those digital
cartridges. I guess that the drives just have a regular file system on
them. The NLS digital book player is linux based and there should be no
reason for the file system to be different.
The files on there are .3gp files so you would have to have a program
that could play them. Just download a book from bard and look at the
kinds of files in that zip archive. If you want to test it, just unpack
the book in a dedicated folder on your machine and try to see if
anything other than protected.mp3 will play.
I have heard that there is some kind of encryption on these files but I
am not sure how simple it would be to crack if, indeed, it is there.
You can download the zip archive of the latest firmware from the bard
website and see if you can get it running on your computer. If so,
In the case of those cassettes, there is no way that I am familiar with
to get them on digital without using the full runtime of the source.
This is a bummer and a time consumer, but I have done some of them for
my parents and for my girlfriend, and I just recorded them with
something like sox or ecasound and let it go at that.
Hope this helps.
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