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Not all MP3
encoders are the same! While most produce average quality MP3s,
some produce poor quality MP3s and some produce excellent quality
MP3s. Want to make the highest quality MP3s without having to research
all the different MP3 encoders and their technical specifications?
Then read on!
the average user who wants speed and ease of use while still being
able to make high quality MP3s:
here to download the latest version
MusicMatch utilizes the excellent Fraunhofer MP3 encoder.
The interface is easy to use and suitable for those
who might not know much at all about mp3 encoding. It
allows you to rip audio direct from your CDs and encode
them into MP3, all in one program. And last but not
least, it's free!
here to see what's new in Version 8.
"bit rate" of 128kbps is sufficient to produce
sound that an average listener would consider CD Quality.
For those with higher end computer sound systems and
pickier ears, a bit rate of 192kbps is a better choice.
Of course, the higher bit rate you choose, the larger
the resulting MP3 file will be. If you don't want
to sacrifice quality but disk space is a concern,
consider using VBR mode. VBR stands for Variable Bit
Rate, and what it does is vary the bit rate used throughout
the song based on the complexity of the audio and
the quality level that you choose. The end result
is a higher quality file at a smaller file size.
the more advanced user who wants the highest quality MP3s possible:
Exact Audio Copy (CD audio extraction)
+ LAME (mp3 encoder)
Audio Copy /
of Exact Audio Copy: Exact Audio Copy is
the best and most accurate Audio CD extractor available,
and it's free for you to download. It has a setup wizard
to help you configure your CD-ROM drives to extract
a digital copy of audio CD tracks onto your hard drive.
There are also plenty of other features in the program
you may find useful. While it has an option to let you
encode audio files into MP3, most will find it easier
to use the EasyLAME program (described below).
of the EasyLAME MP3 Encoder: LAME
is considered to be the finest MP3 encoder available.
The latest versions of LAME surpass the quality of the
reference Fraunhofer MP3 encoder, especially in Variable
Bit Rate (VBR) mode. As with Exact Audio Copy, LAME
is free as well. EasyLAME includes the LAME encoder
prepackaged with a Windows graphical interface and predefined
settings that will produce the highest quality VBR MP3s
possible. That means you don't have to worry about using
the right command line switches and other hassles! Just
install the program and start turning your audio files
into high quality MP3s!
free programs that, in combination, produce the highest
quality MP3s currently possible. What more could we
ask for. =)