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LAME

LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL.

  • Mac OS X
    compiled binaries can be obtained with a converter app or downloaded directly at http://www.thalictrum.com/
  • Windows
    compiled binaries can be obtained with a converter app or downloaded directly at http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-bundle.php
  • Linux
    Provided by distribution
  • BSD
    Provided by distribution
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LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. It is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR. Both quality and speed improvements are still happening, probably making LAME the only MP3 encoder still being actively developed.

Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources. His goal was only to speed up the dist10 sources, and leave its quality untouched. That branch (a patch against the reference sources) became Lame 2.0, and only on Lame 3.81 did we replaced of all dist10 code, making LAME no more only a patch. More Info »

The project quickly became a team project. Mike Cheng eventually left leadership and started working on tooLame, an MP2 encoder. Mark Taylor became leader and started pursuing increased quality in addition to better speed. He can be considered the initiator of the LAME project in its current form. He released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model he developed.

In early 2003 Mark left project leadership, and since then the project has been lead through the cooperation of the active developers (currently 4 individuals).

Links where the latest compiled binaries are always available:
http://lame.sourceforge.net/links.php#Binaries
http://www.rarewares.org/mp3-lame-bundle.php
More Info »

Category

Audio & Music

Link to official LAME site

Official Website
LAME (sometimes referred to as LAME Aint an MP3 Encoder) was added by ruka_m in Mar 2011 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2014. There is a history of activites on LAME in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on LAME or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
 
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