Tuesday, February 3, 2009

need mp3 encoding advice/winLAME

What do you use to rip audio CDs to MP3? Any suggestions or advice?

I had heard that the "LAME encoder" was a better technology to "encode MP3s" than whatever Apple iTunes uses. This open source/free software winlame allows one to use that LAME format.

I downloaded this app & tried it. It seems to work good. I picked
Encoding Quality = High
Quality = 4 (0 = best/big file, 9 = worst/small file)
Variable Bit Rate Mode = Standard

The resulting files sound good to me, but I'm not an audiophile. The albums (1 jazz, 1 electronica, 1 world genre). They were all about 50 minutes & the albums created were about 50 MB in size, with mp3 files of about 150 kbps VBR.

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