ripping mp3s


macrumors 601
Original poster
How can I quickly rip an aiff to mp3?? I have QuickTime Pro. I know that I can take it into iTunes, burn it to a CD and re-import, but what other (Preferably free) mp3 rippin' programs are out there?


macrumors 65816
Jan 22, 2002
is there any other mp3 player other than itunes? maybe one that is faster (if that's even possible)?

*used to be a soundjam user*


macrumors regular
Apr 22, 2002
Rochester, NY
The finest aiff to mp3 encoder I have used is the LAME encoder. It is a command line program, but there is an applescript to run it from iTunes.

You can get LAME from

The applescript I use is available from

The encoder is fairly slow on my iBook 500, but is alright on my Dad's Quicksilver 733.

The quality is the best I have ever heard in an mp3 with decent bitrate as well, depending on the style of music.