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There are a lot of different music formats drifting around on the net, mainly developed to get around the patent encumbrance of MP3 - though some are designed to offer lossless compression, and can deliver excellent quality.

One of the more common formats is Musepack's derivative of MP2, MPC. While there are player plug-ins for XMMS and WinAmp, my regular player iTunes doesn't support MPC. I recently needed to convert a selection of MPC files to MP3, and had some difficulty tracking down an appropriate tool. After a while I came across Foobar 2000, which supports many of the more obscure formats - and (with the addition of a copy of LAME) will quickly and cleanly converth them to MP3, automatically transferring tagging information. It may not have the best UI of any music tool, but it certainly does exactly what I wanted.

It's a tool that turns what was a pig of a task, involving crafting command lines for Musepack's tools and moving from MPC to WAV and then to MP3 into a single click of the mouse.

Highly recommended. A Ronseal tool if there ever was one!

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micheinnz
Sep. 2nd, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
Another way is to use Wiretap, which records whatever is coming out of you speakers and saves it an .aiff file, which iTunes does support. Since .aiffs tend to be huge you can get iTunes to convert them to MP3 or AAC with ease.

Let me know if you'd like to try a copy; it's about 800K so I'd be happy to e-mail it to you.

(I'd just give you the URL of the download site if I had it, but I don't -- it's something d_h found.)
micheinnz
Sep. 3rd, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
DH says "go to sourceforge.net and search for Wiretap."
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