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How to re-code my MP3ses without paying!

StormwatcherStormwatcher BleghBlughRegistered User regular
So I wanna re-encode my bigger MP3 files in order to put them in the PSP and save some mega-octets.

But googling it gives me a mess of shareware and nagware with locked features, and it would take a loooong time to find out a free one that doesn't annoy me.

do you fine and intelligent fellows know of any quick, free re-enconder that could help me?

thanks!

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    JaninJanin Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Audacity can re-encode MP3s using LAME, but I don't know if it does batch mode. Anything you find is likely to be based on LAME, so take a look at their links.

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    Sky DemonSky Demon Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    CDex and dBpoweramp can do what you're asking and they're both free.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Alright, great! thanks a lot!

    EDIT: Argh, no, dBpoweramp will convert to WAVE only, without paying for LAME.
    God I hate LAME.

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    corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Alright, great! thanks a lot!

    EDIT: Argh, no, dBpoweramp will convert to WAVE only, without paying for LAME.
    God I hate LAME.

    I thought LAME, being open-source, etc, was supposed to be free?

    :?:

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    Epyon9283Epyon9283 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Alright, great! thanks a lot!

    EDIT: Argh, no, dBpoweramp will convert to WAVE only, without paying for LAME.
    God I hate LAME.

    Why would you pay for something thats free?
    http://lame.sourceforge.net/index.php

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    DrFrylockDrFrylock Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    dbPoweramp is stupid and won't encode to MP3 unless you buy the full version, even though it probably uses LAME or some other free library to do so.

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited November 2007
    DrFrylock wrote: »
    dbPoweramp is stupid and won't encode to MP3 unless you buy the full version, even though it probably uses LAME or some other free library to do so.

    Yeah, that's it, sorry.

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    RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    No, dbPoweramp is complying with the law. The mp3 patent holders require that you charge money for any program that will encode mp3s, so they cannot legally have mp3 encoding built in.

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    Recoil42Recoil42 Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Yeah, basically they got too popular, Fraunhofer noticed them, and threatened legal action, so all new versions of dbPowerAMP only have a trial period for the MP3 encoding.

    HOWEVER, old versions, of course, don't have that restriction, so they're still kosher. :D Search Google for "dbPowerAMP 10" (the last release to have free encoding enabled) and you'll find it. I have a copy around here too on one of my backup DVDs, (i thought I had it on the hard drive, but I just looked, no dice..) I'll try and dig it up. :)

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    JaninJanin Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    No, dbPoweramp is complying with the law. The mp3 patent holders require that you charge money for any program that will encode mp3s, so they cannot legally have mp3 encoding built in.

    It's possible to support MP3 encoding without paying a license fee. Audacity gets away with it by requiring the user to download LAME separately.

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    Sky DemonSky Demon Registered User regular
    edited November 2007
    Huh. My bad. I didn't know that dBpoweramp wasn't freeware anymore. The last version I used was 10 and it was still free. Heck, I thought part of what LAME turned into was to get around the Fraunhofer patents. If it helps any, I still have version 10 handy if anyone wants it.

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