[wplug] Minidisc and Linux

David Matthews dgm4+ at pitt.edu
Mon Nov 19 12:08:04 EST 2001

I'm not sure what the status of USB audio under Linux is; supposedly it 
works, because I've heard of people using USB speakers under Linux. 
Somewhere, you should be able to find out how to use the USB audio device - 
check the alsa-user mailing list (http://www.alsa-project.org has the list 
info).  Your computer doesn't need to know that it's sending audio to a 
minidisc recorder and not a pair of speakers; as long as it's sending audio 
over usb, you're cool.  Hit "record" on the minidisc, hit play on your 
favorite soundfile player, and you should be good to go.  Again, I've never 
tried audio over USB, but supposedly it works.  If not, your minidisc 
recorder probably has spdif inputs (atleast mine does); a lot of newer 
sound  cards have spdif out.  You might need an adaptor to go from the 
spdif outputs on the computer, but spdif is definitely better supported 
under Linux (using both the alsa and oss drivers).  Check out 
alsa-project.org and opensound.org.

--On Monday, November 19, 2001 8:01 AM -0500 J Aaron Farr 
<jaaron_farr at hotmail.com> wrote:r
> Has anyone here ever been able to download music from Linux to a minidisc
> recorder?  I've got a Sony minidisc recorder with all the PC-Link USB
> cables and whatnot.  I'm just not sure how to record to the USB device.
> Moreover, does anyone have any suggestions as to what media
> player/recorder program to use for this kind of recording?
> Thanks in advance,
> jaaron
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