Easy way to re-encode MP3 to lower bitrate?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Tumbleweed666, May 23, 2009.

  1. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    I have 500 mp3's I want to transfer to a limited capacity MP3 player and I need to encode them at a lower bit rate to get them to fit on it.

    Is there a utility that will let me do this? Ideally I'd just point it at a folder with the files and tell it what new bit rate I want. I dont even know what rate I need so I will need to experiment a few times probably. I'm sure I could do it in in 3 or 4 steps with iTunes per conversion, but that always insists on sucking anything you show it into the iTunes library even if it doesn't import the files, so I want to stay away from that if I can.

    p.s. I know I'll lose quality twice doing this (lower bit rate & conversion) but this is a phone I'm importing to and its just for listening on the train, so hifi isn't the order of the day in this case :)
     
  2. Tumbleweed666 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, its converting the 500 as I type this !
     
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Cool. Nice reference to have. :)
     
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    You're welcome. I usually use it to convert annoying FLAC files to MP3! Great little utility to have around. supports loads of odd formats and it's FREE!
     
  5. Tumbleweed666 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ...ahh ... spoke too soon 'the application max quit unexpectedly' :-(

    ... got about 50 tracks in and died, died again after another 2 or 3 tracks and then again .

    Any more ideas?

    UPDATE; After the 3rd or 4th try straight through no problems.
     
  6. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    That's Odd. Could it be an oddly encoded MP3?
     
  8. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    Maybe they ran out of bits :D
     
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