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Hi all,

The harddisk in my new car doesn't swallow anything less compressed than MP3 320 kbps (which soundwise probably is not much of a problem in a car). Anyway, I'd have to rip my music to this format to play it in the car. So I'm looking for a good WAV to MP3 converter. Any ideas?

Thanks for any suggestion pray .

 

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RE: free and trustworthy MP3 converter

AVS Software has a range of video and audio programs which I have found to be superb. Not free (tho maybe a trial version) but very cheap for a lifetime of updates.

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RE: free and trustworthy MP3 converter

iTunes.

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RE: free and trustworthy MP3 converter

MajorFubar wrote:

iTunes.

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RE: free and trustworthy MP3 converter

MajorFubar wrote:

iTunes.

Thanks for the tip, major! And could you specify how I can set it on 320 kbps?

I know how to choose 128, 256 or 1440 (i.e. WAV), but can't find the 320 option.

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In 'import settings', choose 'mp3 encoder' and quality 'custom'.  You can choose 320k in there.

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RE: free and trustworthy MP3 converter

Making the assumption that you're on a PC and not a Mac because the two work a little differently...

You'll only need to do all this once:

Open iTunes and pick Edit > Preferences...

In the General tab, click the Import Settings button.

Change 'Import Using' to 'MP3 Encoder'

Underneath in the Settings box, pick Custom.

In the next window, pick '320 kbps' in the Stereo Bit Rate box and change Stereo Mode to normal.

Click OK (twice) to close the various setting boxes.

Click OK to close the Preferences.

 

Here's how to convert them if you're not sure:

 

Click File > Add File to Library

Navigate to where your WAVs are, highlight the ones you want to convert and click Open.

Click 'Music' (the musical note) in the left hand column. All your WAVs should show up.

Highlight them all, right-click and pick 'Create MP3 version'.

After a while MP3s of all the selected WAVs should appear in your iTunes library

 

 

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RE: free and trustworthy MP3 converter

Thanks, guys! That's all the information I need.

End of thread.

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