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May 16, 2008

Mailing lists

Mailing lists for Paranoia/cdparanoia discussion ( and announcements (

Note that announcements (on the announce list) are automatically sent to the discussion and development lists. There is no reason to join the announce list if you subscribe to either/both of the other two.

Mailing list for Paranoia developers:

The developers list is intended for focused development discussion amongst the core Paranoia development team and outside groups developing their own applications using Paranoia. Of course, anyone is welcome to read.

List for general CDROM tools

There's also a general mailing list for those using/developing CDDA extraction and CD writing tools ( Assuming that the email preferences in your web browser are set up correctly, the following button sends a subscription request directly to the cdwrite list server (the submit button does not take you to another page):

Otherwise, subscribe by sending mail to containing only the word subscribe in the body. Do not send subscription requests directly to the main list.

Links to CD software

  • Pillage for OSX: Graphical Cdparanoia for MacOS

  • TCVP: a video and music player, among other things. It rips CDs.

  • dekagen: dekagen is a bourne shell script that automates the ripping, encoding, and naming of music data that comes from CD and will be saved in Ogg Vorbis files, using programs like cdparanoia, and oggenc.

  • grip: Grip is a gtk-based cd-player and cd-ripper. It has the ripping capabilities of cdparanoia builtin, but can also use external rippers (such as cdda2wav). It also provides an automated frontend for Ogg Vorbis encoders, letting you take a disc and transform it easily straight into Ogg Vorbis files. The CDDB protocol is supported for retrieving track information from disc database servers. Grip works with DigitalDJ to provide a unified "computerized" version of your music collection.

  • ripperX: An X front end for cdparanoia and the 8Hz-mp3 MPEG encoder. Rips directly from CD to MPEG layer 3.

  • X-CD-Roast: This is a version of the well known intergrated CD ripper and burner which uses cdparanoia as its ripping engine.

  • CDRDAO: The original disk-at-once burning tool for Linux/UNIX.

Links to other free CDDA resources


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