How to enable CD ripping and mp3 encoding with Sound Juicer in Ubuntu 7.10

I’ve been using Sound Juicer in previous Ubuntu releases to rip my CD’s and encode them as CD quality mp3’s for a while now so I can retain my one legal backup copy of them. When I did a fresh install of Gutsy however, I suddenly could not rip CD’s to mp3 formats. This was critical for me to accomplish for two reasons. First, most of my music players only work with mp3’s and second, a friend was in desperate need of Vivaldi.

With so much at stake, I cracked my knuckles, hit my second brain and figured out how to get this working.