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compressing mp3's - 4/26/2005 4:53:46 AM   


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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!

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RE: compressing mp3's - 4/26/2005 6:21:00 AM   

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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.


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RE: compressing mp3's - 4/26/2005 7:57:36 AM   


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Also have a look at this

it says it halfs the size of mp3's

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RE: compressing mp3's - 4/26/2005 8:48:21 AM   

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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...

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RE: compressing mp3's - 4/26/2005 10:00:06 AM   

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DBpower is excellent.

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RE: compressing mp3's - 4/26/2005 4:51:53 PM   


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

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RE: compressing mp3's - 5/3/2005 4:53:51 AM   

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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.

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RE: compressing mp3's - 5/3/2005 5:12:39 AM   

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

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