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I remember reading a long time ago how you can rip the audio (music) from a DVD and convert it to a usable/readable format.

I can't find that article any more. Can anybody help me?

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Here's what you're looking for: Handbrake.

It's a fairly useful tool for what you're trying to do. To install, add the ppa ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases to your software sources (here's how to do that) and install handbrake from the Software Center.

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It don't seem to have x64 version. If I try to install x32 -- I'm suggested to remove tons of x64 libs. –  Adobe Feb 16 '13 at 6:29
Sorry, but see the Handbrake FAQ: Handbrake can't extract only audio. –  Martin Schröder Oct 6 '13 at 15:49
@MartinSchröder yes, and no. If you get this, then you can export it using VLC or something. –  jrg Oct 6 '13 at 20:26
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For a proper Ubuntu approach I'd suggest to have a look into ffmpeg (command line). Example:

ffmpeg -i infile.wmv -vn -acodec copy outfile.wma

Or, if you want an MP3 file:

ffmpeg -i infile.avi -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 192 -f mp3 outfile.mp3

Also there is another PPA software called Gnac; it's a GNOME software that uses the Gstreamer media framework and has a GUI.

Launchpad PPA: https://launchpad.net/~gnac-team/+archive/ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnac-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnac
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Use K3B to rip audios from DVD. Search on ubuntu software center, there you will find many apps regarding ripping audio/video data from dvds. –  Curious Apprentice Feb 16 '13 at 6:51
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To rip audio from DVD videos, you can try leawo dvd ripper. It can rip and convert dvd video to other formats, like mp4,mkv,etc. And it also can rip it out of audio file of mp3. I found it helpful. Good luck. :)

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Just to note: it costs pay. –  Adobe Feb 16 '13 at 6:30
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I've successfully used dvd::rip together with these tips.

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Use VLC's "open media" menu option to open the DVD, set the title to the one you want (you may have to explore the DVD by actually starting to view it, to get the title number).

Then instead of telling VLC to play it, tell it to stream it to a file.

Works great - you may have to use audacity to trim the results, as VLC will go back to the menu after playing the title you selected... so you'll get the menu track on infinite repeat at the end of your file :)

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