An Anonymous Coward writes:
MP3 decoding was already free and got recently included in Fedora. But now, encoding is also free according to Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS: "On April 23, 2017, Technicolor's mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated." The Wikipedia MP3 article confirms that.
So, do you still use an MP3 library or have you switched to another format or means of listening to music such as (spying built-in) streaming services?
> 2. Script the conversion from FLAC to Vob, rather than ripping twice. This way, if you end up deciding to have mp3 instead/as well (as I have had to do for my car), you can just run the conversion overnight for your music collection.
To save anyone the hassle of scripting it, systems already exist to do this for you. I use this one: https://github.com/ZivaVatra/flac2all [github.com]
It converts flac to mp3/aac/vorbis/opus/flac, with tagging, and supports multiple processes, so I can hammer my 12 core machine with batch conversion of my FLAC Collection when needed.