shrinkmusic: Shrink your music for your phone, car stereo, etc.
I love music. I have a rather large digital collection of it, hoarded over many years, and I intend to grow it indefinitely. There are a wide variety of formats, from FLAC, to Ogg Theora, to MP3, to (very poor) WMA.
Converting all the music at once, preserving the exact directory structure, is more of a challenge than it ought to be – ideally, a command should exist, like
rsync, that intelligently decides what to convert and what to just copy (converting 96kbps mp3 files to a different lossy format will not do it many favours).
That’s what shrinkmusic is. It takes an input directory, an output directory, computes a plan – what to convert, what to keep, what to skip due to already existing in the output directory, and what to ignore due to a user flag – and then executes it, in parallel, using as many jobs as you’d like.
- Add new music without re-converting an entire library
- Decides (albeit by pretty dumb heuristics) what is worth converting, and what is OK to just copy
- Parallel execution
- Dry run mode
- Can ignore specific files/directories (e.g., I don’t care to copy hoarded podcasts – readily available on the internet anyway – over)
Usage: shrinkmusic (-i|--input INPUT) (-o|--output OUTPUT) (-b|--bitrate BITRATE) (-j|--jobs JOBS) [-z|--ignore IGNORE] [-d|--dry-run] Available options: -h,--help Show this help text -i,--input INPUT Input directory -o,--output OUTPUT Output directory -b,--bitrate BITRATE bitrate for audio -j,--jobs JOBS Number of jobs to use -z,--ignore IGNORE Ignore this file -d,--dry-run Do nothing; just output the plan
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