Mp3Make is a program that automates the ripping and encoding of CD audio to mp3 files. Since the programs commonly used in linux to do this are seperate, it made sense to make a glue program to make life easier. This is supplemented by downloading a cd track list from a cddb server, and using that to name the files being created.
BackPlay a program that plays music files from a folder in the background. At login, it scans a directory called "BackPlay" under the user's Music directory, and begins playing any music files it finds there in random order. BackPlay is independent from iTunes. It can be paused from an icon in the status area.