Alternatives to LAME for all platforms with any license

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    FLAC

    FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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    Vorbis

    Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Opus Interactive Audio Codec

    Opus is a totally open, royalty-free, highly versatile audio codec. Opus is unmatched for interactive speech and music transmission...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Matroska

    The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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    WavPack

    WavPack is a completely open audio compression format providing lossless, high-quality lossy, and a unique hybrid compression mode....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Nero AAC Codec icon

    Nero AAC Codec

    Nero AAC reference quality MPEG-4 and 3GPP audio codec - Compression ratios ranging from Ultra High (58 CDs fit on one!) to...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

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    Apple Lossless

    Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music. Apple...

    Open Source Mac Windows

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    TAK

    »TAK – [T]om’s lossless [a]udio [k]ompressor / [T]oms verlustfreier [A]udio[k]ompressor – is, as the name already suggests, a...

    Free Windows Winamp foobar2000

LAME Comments

Recomended configuration

Comment by kn
about LAME and Banshee Jul 2011

I tried every possible configuration and ripped my CD collection over and over with different settings. After all this years I suddenly became aware that LAME is very easy to configure:

lame -V2 input.wav output.mp3

That's it. "-V2" produces ˜190 kbs with so much quality that its impossible to tell input from output. This is tantamount to Banshee's quality setting VBR 7.

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