How to convert ape to MP3 in ubuntu

Written by kristen waters
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An APE (Monkey's audio) is a free lossless compression format for digital music. However, it is not supported on most portable media players. For that reason, many people prefer to convert their .ape files to .mp3 files. MP3 is a lossy compression file, which means it loses quality the more it is compressed.
To convert .ape files to .mp3 files under Ubuntu, you will have to have the ffmpeg utility. ffmpeg is used to record, convert and stream both audio and video.

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Things you need

  • ffmpeg
  • xine

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  1. 1

    Install ffmpeg. Either use the Synaptics package manager or the following command: sudo apt-get install ffmpeg

  2. 2

    Open a terminal window. The terminal window will be found under "Start'Utilities."

  3. 3

    Change to the directory where your .ape file is held. cd /home/Music

  4. 4

    Type the following command to convert the file: ffmpeg -i example.ape example.mp3 Of course, change "example.ape" and "example.mp3" to reflect your files.

  5. 5

    Test your .mp3. xine example.mp3

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