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Split Lossless is a Nautilus script created by WebUpd8 reader CokiDVD to split single lossless audio files (ape, flac, wavpack) by .cue file into flac or mp3 (320kbps or 192kbps). Further more, the script also adds tags to the new files so all the resulting flac or mp3 files will have the artist, album, title and genre tags set up automatically.

The latest Split Lossless version (released a couple of days ago) comes with two new features: track name editor and album information editor and improvements such as: show selected tracks on main window.

Split Lossless is available in a PPA so to install it in Ubuntu, use the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cokicd/split-lossless
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install split-lossless

In the future, a batch version might be released too. Using this version, you'll be able to load a bunch of cds and split them automatically without any user input.

For other Linux distributions, see: http://code.google.com/p/split-lossless/.

Flacon is a python tool to split lossless files like APE, FLAC, TTA, Wav or WavPack and automatically add tags to the resulting files. With Flacon, you are in total control of the output file which can be set to AAC, FLAC, MP3, Ogg and so on.

Flacon 0.6.0 has been released today and comes with the following changes:
  • support for AAC
  • improved error handling scheme
  • bug fixes
  • internal code optimizing

The GUI has also been tweaked in a way that it should be easy to use by both new and experienced users.

Please note that I haven't tested Flacon because I'm not currently using my main computer and don't have access to my files, etc.

Just like Split Lossless for Nautilus, Flacon is also available in a PPA for easy Ubuntu installation:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flacon/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flacon

Thanks to Alain-Olivier Breysse and CokiCD for the tips and images!