I had a music album containing only a .cue file, a (big) .ape file and a .LOG file. I knew K3b is great for ripping separate tracks off cue + wav files, and I’ve also tried with FLAC and it worked. But Monkey’s Audio (APE) failed with a “File Format Not Supported” error.
After a little bit of Google-centered research, I found out that Monkey’s Audio is not packaged for Debian systems (on which K/Ubuntu is based on). So I downloaded it from the K3b download page (direct link to download). Here’s what I did next:
- Unpack the downloaded file:
tar -xjf k3bmonkeyaudioplugin-3.1.tar.bz2
The directory we
cdinto is created by
- Their configure script seems to be broken. It finishes OK although not all dependencies are found. I needed to install the following packages to get it to compile:
sudo aptitude install nasm libk3b-dev libhal-dev
- The remaining steps are easy (make sure you’re in the k3bmonkeyaudioplugin-3.1 directory):
sudo make install
If make spits out an error, look into it and see what other deps you may be missing. I’m on Kubuntu Edgy here.
After this, K3b recognises APEs easily. Start it, click ‘New Audio CD Project’, locate the CUE file in the browser pane and double-click it. You can play the tracks from within K3b and rip the files by clicking the blue arrow button. I strongly suggest that you use a free, open-source codec like OGG or FLAC, as they have better compression and speed than the proprietary ones like MP3 and APE itself.