jac: From a bygone era

I feel bad sifting through my list of software sometimes, because I run up against programs that still work fine, but just aren’t practical any more.

I mentioned adcd a little while ago, and now I want to show jac — another command-line CD player, now drifting through an age where almost nobody uses audio CDs any more.

This time, just to test if it worked, I actually made an audio CD (yes, I know, an actual audio CD with, like, music on it) and spun it up. That’s dedication.


And voila! jac delivers.

I had to modify the configuration file in ~/.jac to redirect the output to /dev/snd and prevent the attempt to contact CDDB, but other than that* … just as good as the day it was released, way back in 2009.

But I still feel bad. jac works and probably will continue to work for a long time, but I still have to admit: it took me longer to actually scrounge up an audio CD, than to get jac working upright.

The times, they are a-changing. 😐

*Don’t forget to unmute your CD player. That took me a while to figure out. …

4 thoughts on “jac: From a bygone era

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  2. Mori

    I know this is a (slightly) old post, but I just can’t stand for this anymore. You hate on CD’s way to much. . .I personally buy (and use) them whenever I can. I also buy vinyls from time to time when a band I like releases an album on them, and shoot 35mm and 60mm film, and hate most every car made since ’72. I may just be to old fashioned.

    Oh yea great blog.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      My apologies, my intent was not to talk down about CDs. I only find them to be rare any more, but perhaps that’s just the company I keep.

      If it helps my credibility at all, a couple of years ago (during the bleak and postless years between this blog and the last) I strung up a turntable to a core duo machine, to take a turn (pun intended) at a flac encoding of the Rumors album. My friend and I wanted to see if it was worth the effort.

      Of course, I did a royal crap job of it, and ended up sticking with my ogg versions encoded from CD. But it was a learning experience. 😐

      1. Mori

        Oh I was getting on you in a more joking manner. Am serious about the cars and all though.

        Yea records can be a bit of a pain to transfer to a computer. I got so fed up with it once (of the USB types) that I got a normal turntable and a pro sound interface and hooked it up and let audacity run for the whole length of the record. Then split the tracks manually. Worked MUCH better.

        And like I said again great blog, also love your constant use of tmux, It’s allways on my screen as well.

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