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That PC Guy in the Mac Ads

  • Dec. 20th, 2006 at 3:04 AM
Grant-Lee Phillips Eskimo
Dear Everyone:

For a limited time only, John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise is available absolutely free as an audio book download at the iTunes store. Here is the link.

You need this book with every fiber of your being. Trust me on this like you have never trusted anyone or any false god before!

Go now, my children, and download with impunity!


epi_lj wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
There are a number of methods. Rumour has it that AAC copy protection is easy to defeat. If that's true, then your best bet is to go that route. However, I will assume here that it's not, because I don't know how. The next method usually recommended is to burn a CD then rip it, but that obviously doesn't work for files too long to fit on a CD. So what's left? Well, you can do essentially what you're doing by burning a CD and ripping it, but skip the CD middleman.

Using Audio Hijack on Mac OS X if you're using a Mac, or some other comparable tool for whatever platform you're using (there are a few competing ones for OS X even), you can record the audio as you play it in a player. This is realtime -- i.e. if the file is two hours long, it's going to take you two hours to do this -- but you'll wind up with a pristine file in some non-DRMed format when you're done.

Then you just use your favourite audio editor to hack it in half. You could use Audacity if you don't have one. I use Peak, personally.

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