mp3 bitrate converter

Mp3 bitrate converter anybody know a good program for changing the quality of mp3 audio?
I have an album that i want to convert to variable, from 320kbps,
As the whole album is taking up 100mb+ and i want to get it lower than 100mb

geek_ktown11, Jan 3, 12:15 am

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:16 am

Itunes? I know there are others, but that's what I use. If you don't have it downloaded it'd be a bit chunky just for one album.

geek_dunedin_ree, Jan 3, 12:16 am

itunes = bloatware. If you don't own an ipod, don't install this overblown music/video playlist manager

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:19 am

Http:// CDex is the shizzle. Check out the options in the LAME mp3 codec(included), it makes the best quality mp3's I know of - especially VBR.

geek_cybertao, Jan 3, 12:20 am

Just use winamp for your ipod now!

geek_2gd4ubb, Jan 3, 12:21 am

Yuck = transcoding.....YUCK DON'T DO sounds like shite seriously.

geek_puddleduck00, Jan 3, 12:22 am

Does winamp support ipods now? Glad to see a decent alternative to itunes finally.

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:22 am

320kbps constant vs. variable has negligible difference if any. The upside is the sufficient amount of space saved.

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:24 am

Ummif you read the first post, that's what they want to do...

geek_cybertao, Jan 3, 12:25 am

Yes I was responding to . Sorry, should have made that clear the first time.

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:29 am

320 vs variable when encoded from the lossless source, taking 320 to VBR is usually pretty bad since you already have all the filter decisions made by the first encoding process, so that any more done in the second will be additive to the first lot. 100Mb is nothing really, why the problem? I always get 320 or a v0 vbr since space is so cheap.

geek_richms, Jan 3, 12:29 am

Has been for quite a while now.. Not a lot of people know. Then again, heaps just tend to use whatever comes with the eye candy named 'ipod'.

geek_2gd4ubb, Jan 3, 12:31 am

Actually iTunes isn't supplied with iPods anymore. And some of us *like* it, because it fits our requirements.

geek_dunedin_ree, Jan 3, 12:32 am

Why cant ya just give an answeryou guys that are AUDIOPORNOSTARS need to get a grip that MOST are happy with the MP3 format and its apparent crappyness of compression. Puddle for one I think you have the best ears ever you need a Indian Tracker job eh.

geek_flewy, Jan 3, 12:34 am

OPuse a LAME mp3 converter to convert to variable then test the results in as many output sources you can find. I doubt you'd find any noticeable differences from the original & converted.

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:36 am

Seriously you must use the worst programs out or as i said have digital recievers in ya head, ( im not saying i can not tell the difference) home auido is not the studio.

geek_flewy, Jan 3, 12:38 am

Agree LOST

geek_flewy, Jan 3, 12:38 am

Lol flewy. Too right. Not everyone is an audiophile so I can safely speak for 90% of the population when I say No-one gives a rat's ass about the technical differences in audio quality. If it sounds good, then it's good enough LOL.

geek_lostdude, Jan 3, 12:43 am

I down wit you bro!

geek_flewy, Jan 3, 1:03 am

Can you guys really not hear it when you transcode an MP3? e.g. CBR 256kbps to VBR whatever? Honest question. I guess some people have become accustomed to the artifacts, sensory adaption perhaps. Or maybe I'm just a snob?

geek_puddleduck00, Jan 3, 2:00 am

Yes, you are. :-P Not all mp3s are created equal. I hear a lot of artifacts, such as cymbal splash, but in bad mp3s. Some are just poorly encoded, regardless of bitrate or vbr. I cringe when people talk of using media player and the like to make mp3s - they don't care about the quality, and MS would rather you used their format, so they probably ensure it's a poor quality conversion.

geek_cybertao, Jan 3, 2:21 am

2nd vote for LAME and another vote for 'don't use Windows Media Player'. Microsoft choose very poor parameters for mp3 encoding, possibly because they're just stupid but more likely because they wanted to perpetuate the myth that "wma at 64kbps is the same quality as mp3 at 128kbps" and thus you can fit twice as many songs using wma. Also there's a few idiots on p2p who seem to think they can make a low bitrate mp3 or video 'better' by re-encoding it at a higher bitrate. Thus 320kbps mp3's that sound like shit.

geek_little_egypt, Jan 3, 9:29 am

3rd vote for lame and agree with above Using audiograbber as a frontend for lame at the mo..

geek_kylestyle, Jan 3, 4:43 pm

CDex with Lame here. You can recode with CDex in a 2 step process if you wanteg. extract to WAV then recompress back to mp3. Not a big fan of recoding with loosy algoritms but with 320kbps mp3 that's OK imo.

geek_acura, Jan 3, 5:28 pm