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The Media Sucker
This program watches your CD/DVD drive.
When you put a CD or DVD in,
it will suck the content off,
eject the drive,
and then re-encode the content to a compressed format.
## What It Supports
At the time I'm writing this README, it will:
* Rip audio CDs, look them up in cddb, encode them to VBR MP3, then tag them.
* Rip video DVDs, transcode them to mkv
## How To Run This
You need a place to store your stuff.
Mine is `/srv/ext/incoming`.
docker run \
--name=sucker \
-d --restart=always \
-p 8080:8080 \
--device /dev/sr0 \
-v /srv/ext/incoming:/incoming \
I can't get it to work with docker swarm.
Presumably some magic is happening with `--device`.
It probably has something to do with selinux.
Stick a video DVD or audio CD in,
and the drive should spin up for a while,
then spit your media back out.
Then, eventually, you'll have a new `.mkv` file (for video)
or a new directory of `.mp3` files (for audio).
You can watch what it's doing at http://localhost:8080/
## A note on filenames and tags
This program does the absolute minimum to try and tag your media properly.
For DVDs, that means reading the "title" stored on the DVD,
which I've seen vary from very helpful (eg. "Barbie A Fashion Fairytale")
to ridiculously unhelpful (eg. "FBWTF2").
But at least it's usually unique for each DVD and at least somewhat
related to the DVD contents.
For CDs, the situation is even worse.
Audio CDs do not store any metadata,
so CDDB takes the length of every track in seconds and tries to match that
against something a user has uploaded in the past.
This is wrong a whole lot of the time.
If CDDB can't find a match for an audio CD,
this program will append the datestamp of the rip to the album name,
in the hopes that you can remember about what time you put each CD in the drive.
So for stuff like multi-CD audiobooks, that's pretty helpful.
But the end result in almost every case is that you're going to have to
manually edit the metadata.
## Answers
I'm skipping the part where I make up questions I think people might have.
### Why I Wrote This
The `automatic-ripping-machine` looks really badass.
But after multiple attempts across multiple months
to get it running,
I decided it would probably be faster just to write my own.
This isn't as cool as the aumomatic-ripping-machine.
But, at least for me,
it's a lot more functional,
in that it actually does something.
### Why You Should Run This
The only reason I can think of that anybody would want to use this is if they,
like me,
are too dumb to get the `automatic-ripping-machine` to work.
## What Kind Of Hardware I Use
I run it on a Raspberry Pi 4,
with a Samsung DVD drive from the stone age.