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3-2-2] How do I encode a CD track to MP3?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

3-2-2] How do I encode a CD track to MP3?

(2003/08/11)

Extract the audio from the CD, then encode it into an MP3 at a quality level
you like. Some programs combine the "rip" and "encode" into one easy step.

Higher quality settings result in larger MP3 files. Most people can't
tell the difference between an MP3 at 160Kbps and the original.

Some tutorial sites:
- http://www.chrismyden.com/DAE/
- http://www.mp3-faq.org/

Some software sites (mostly for Windows):
- Apple iTunes, http://www.apple.com/
- MusicMatch Jukebox, http://www.musicmatch.com/
- Xing AudioCatalyst, http://www.xingtech.com/
- Real Jukebox, http://www.real.com/jukebox/
- LAME, http://lame.sourceforge.net/
- BladeEnc, http://bladeenc.mp3.no/

There are others. The quality of the result depends greatly on the quality
of the encoder. There is no "best" encoder, but the Fraunhofer codec
and the LAME and Blade encoders usually do well. ("Codec" is short for
"encoder/decoder".)

If your MP3s have a static sound in them, you might be getting a bad "rip".
The all-in-one rip+encode programs don't always do a great job extracting
audio from the CD. You may want to "rip" the audio manually with EAC
(6-2-12) and then encode the WAV files. (Recent versions of EAC can
extract to MP3 if you have a codec installed.)


 

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