GNAC, which is short for GNOME Audio Converter, is a Linux program that converts audio from one format to another. It consists of a minimalist user interface, and the procedure for using it is just as simple. To convert a file, one must simply click a button labeled Add, browse for the source file, choose an audio format for the conversion from a drop-down list and click a final button labeled Convert. The new audio file will be sitting there, waiting to be listened to, in the location specified in the Preferences menu. For a more detailed tutorial on GNAC’s use, please read this article at MakeUseOf.com: http://b1t.it/xkd
Earlier, I hinted at the amazing ability of this program to extract audio from video files. I have to admit that such a task just seems like it would be complicated, regardless of the tool employed. With GNAC, it could not be easier. All one must do is repeat the procedure detailed above with a video file as the source. In the end, the user will get the audio in a file format of their choice. Available for Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora and Gentoo, GNAC is designed to work best with the GNOME desktop environment. It comes with customizable preferences such as output file naming conventions and destination folder creation. It supports popular output formats such as MP3, WAV and M4A. For picky audiophiles with predilections towards open standards (like myself), it can convert to the OGA and FLAC formats too! Visit the GNAC website for further information, as well as download and installation instructions: http://b1t.it/xkg
I have been wanting to watch the Kevin Pollak Chat Show video podcast since I first heard about it. Alas, that would require me to sit still and watch it, and the length of the average episode is one hundred and fifty minutes! Thanks to GNAC, I can download an episode, extract the audio to a format of my choice, put it on my music player and listen to it on demand. If there is a scenario in which the ability to strip the sound from a video would benefit you, I encourage you to try GNAC for free.
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