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aben4rent -> compressing mp3's (4/26/2005 4:53:46 AM)

hi guys. i have here a 256mb mp3 player (cant afford an expensive one) and im looking for a software (or a FREEware) that can compress mp3 without losing much quality so my player can accomodate more songs. any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. thank you!

MP3Mogul -> RE: compressing mp3's (4/26/2005 6:21:00 AM)

MP3's are already compressed, even zipping or using a program such as WinRAR will not offer any more compression. You'll need to encode them into MP3 in a bit rate that is probably around 96-128 to get radio sounding quality and maximum space. You can get a free copy of MusicMatch from them at their website and it works well. It also has an option to CONVERT files that were previously encoded and change their bit rate.

SwissTony -> RE: compressing mp3's (4/26/2005 7:57:36 AM)

Also have a look at this

it says it halfs the size of mp3's

SithTracy -> RE: compressing mp3's (4/26/2005 8:48:21 AM)


However, mp3PRO files sound like garbage through a standard MP3 decoder/player.

Go w/ MusicMatch, but keep in mind the product is going downhill since Yahoo invested in it (IMHO). If your device plays .wma files, try encoding with Windows Media Player at a lower bitrate. However, I do prefer .mp3 and .m4a sound quality...

Iggy -> RE: compressing mp3's (4/26/2005 10:00:06 AM)

DBpower is excellent.

Matthew -> RE: compressing mp3's (4/26/2005 4:51:53 PM)

DBPoweramp may be excellent
But go the 10.1 route if you want to avoid getting a TRIAL MP3 encoder

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Clint -> RE: compressing mp3's (5/3/2005 4:53:51 AM)

Use the free LAME MP3 encoder. It is the best MP3 compressor on the planet (in combination with appropriate software), and with bit rates in h/q of 128kb/s - you get CD quality sound, and fairly good space utilization. Around 50-80MB per CD, meaning you could squeeze at least 3 full CD's of high-quality CD music onto your 256MB player. Any higher bitrates of .mp3 is overkill (unless you use a different MP3 codec, which isn't of the output quality as LAME), and takes up more space for the same sound. Audiophiles claim at least 192kb/s, however my testing with the recommended LAME compile proves to me 128kb/s will suffice if set up correctly.

Iggy -> RE: compressing mp3's (5/3/2005 5:12:39 AM)

DBpower has the LAME MP3 encoder, at least this one I downloaded from, which is also free.[:)]

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