I wish I had known more about some of the console tools for CD access, ripping and playback about six or eight years ago, when I actually still had CDs.
Mostly because some of them are better than their graphical counterparts.
abcde is one I did actually try out a few years ago, when I needed to rip out a sizeable stack of CDs from my former office. It’s still maintained, still available, and still working.
(Sorry for the crowded screenshot. It’s at the lower center of the image. 🙄 )
I liked abcde then and I like it now, mostly for subtleties that make it quick and straightforward to use.
It will scan a disc and search online for track data, without much prodding. If it can’t find what it wants, it can drop you into your $EDITOR and let you manage the information directly.
It keeps a progress bar on the screen with smiley faces to show status. No color, but that’s okay.
It can use cdparanoia or a couple other CD access tools. It can encode to ogg, mp3, flac and others.
And while it’s ripping, it will split out a process for encoding. On a fast machine, that might actualy save you some time. On this one … not much.
I suppose if you keep CDs then abcde might still be useful from time to time. And it’s always aptly named … “a better CD encoder.”