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LAME is a Loss-Less MP3 Encoder and an Alternative to iTunes For CD Ripping

Not Lame at All: How to Import CDs Without Losing Any Quality

Audiophiles, take note: Did you know that there is a world outside of iTunes when it comes to ripping your CDs? Instead of simply using iTunes to import your music, you can download LAME (the worst name for the coolest download). I can't say I've ever noticed, but apparently you lose a bit of the sound quality when you rip to iTunes, whereas LAME is a "loss-less" encoder, so you retain the sound quality when you convert your tunes to MP3s.

Available for Linux, Windows, Mac, after you download LAME, you'll have to open it when you want to rip a CD, but you will still be able to use iTunes to listen to it. Sit back with your favorite album and a glass of wine to enjoy this generation's version of snaps, crackles, and pops!

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LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Thanks for the tip nidgood.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
too bad i ripped all my CDs years ago and haven't bought one in about 4 years. this is cool though, for when i get an album from Folk Fest next month.
nidgood nidgood 9 years
If you are really concerned about backing up the music with the highest quality (think classical music, rare etc), you should use FLAC -- Free Lossless Audio Codec. You could use any of the umpteen CD ripping tools to get the raw wav out and then encode them to FLAC -- save space and not lose quality. If you want to learn more --
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I'm lame! LOL I downloaded this a long time ago and never figured out how to use it!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 9 years
dude i always forget to do this, i always do cruddy aac or mp3. looks like i need to re-encode liza minelli's greatest hits.
neko neko 9 years
Downloaded, will try it out. :)
mokomok mokomok 9 years
FYI, LAME is *not* lossless. In order to be lossless compression, it has to be able to be converted back to an uncompressed file identical to what you started with. That leaves Apple Lossless and FLAC (for the most part). LAME is an MP3 encoder, and all MP3 files are lossy compression. However, the virtues of LAME are that it seems to do a much better job not getting rid of things you want to keep and still shrinking file size. In other words, a great MP3 encoder - but not lossless by any means. MP3 is roughly 5:1 lossy, FLAC and ALAC are roughly 2:1 lossless. For a LAME MP3, you'll get smaller file size but lose some of the original quality permanently. FLAC and ALAC will retain all of the original quality, but the file size will shrink only by half instead of 80%. Hope that is helpful...
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i've heard about LAME. i'll give it a try, not that i have any CDs to rip. but whatever.
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