I was looking for info about the best MP3 encoding methods and it seems like everyone has contradictory advice. Lots of people on the net say that iTunes' built in MP3 encoder is crappy, and that LAME is much better. But then other people say that that was true several years ago but iTunes has since upgraded its encoder and is now on par with LAME. Basically I want to keep my songs sounding as awesome as possible but also as compatible as possible. So I want to keep my library in high quality and high bitrate MP3 format only, not AAC or Apple Lossless. I know I can do test encodings and make a judgment of which encoder sounds best to me, but I don't have audiophile equipment here, so I may not be able to hear problems now which may be glaringly obvious on better equipment later. Someone who is well informed on the matter, please give me a straight answer - Which MP3 encoder is the best sounding at high bitrates, and what settings should I use with that encoder?