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winLAME is an encoder for several audio formats, including mp3 (MPEG Layer 3), Ogg Vorbis and more. winLAME lets you set up the encoding process with an easy-to-use wizard-style user interface. It lets you set up the encoding process with an easy-to-use wizard-style user interface. You can either select files for encoding from CD or browse for the files from your PC. Once you have selected the files, you can select the output format and also the output location. There are quite a few options available in the convert menu.

  • Encoding and decoding of many audio formats, including:
    • .mp3 via LAME mp3 encoder (encoding) and MAD (decoding)
    • .ogg Ogg Vorbis
    • .aac via libfaac/libfaad
    • .wav, .aiff, .au, .voc and many more, via libsndfile
    • .wma via Windows Media Audio codec
    • .flac via FLAC library
  • Uses LAME features, including:
    • high quality and optimized mp3 encoding
    • nogap encoding of continuous-mix-cd's
    • optimized 3DNow! and SSE routines
    • ID3 v1 and v2 tagging
  • Easy-to-use wizard-like user interface style for easy encoding setup
  • CD Audio extraction (aka. CD ripping), including freedb support
  • Presets for fast settings setup
  • User interface translations to english and german language
  • Batch Processing
  • Detailed HTML Help File
  • Easy install- and uninstall process
  • Small size
The application has presets for people looking for no-brainer audio conversion in addition to custom settings for people looking for more control. It’s basically a four-step process: Select your input file(s), select your output settings, choose from one of the quality presets or customize the advanced settings, and then let it go to town. Take a look at some screen shots consisting of the entire encoding process:

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Encoding time obviously depends on your processor. On my AMD Sempron 2800+, it took about 2 minutes to convert quite a large FLAC song to mp3 (Hey You by Pink Floyd).

winLAME is free, open-source and work on all Windows systems starting with Win2000 (yes, this includes Windows 7).

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