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Audacity – Audio Editor

DownloadThe Audacity software is a well known piece of software which not only allows you to rip your CD’s but also allows you to add additional music to the stream. Adding music effects can be added with this software and best of all the software is free and opensource. The software is easy to use and there is a user manual for the software. The portable version which is below you don’t need to add anything else as it does not install on your computer and you can run this off from a USB drive. See more information below for more information about the software as it can also be used with LAME encoder which is also on this website.

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CDex CD Ripper

DownloadCDex is one of the most used programs when it comes to ripping CD’s. The programs comes completely bundled with other encoders to ensure that you have all the options wrapped into one. The CDex comes bundled with the LAME MP3 Encoder, Ogg Vorbis as well as the Monkey’s Audio encoder. You can now simply download one file and use it with all these encoders already located in the bundle of software. There is no need to download anything else with the CDex. Many people do prefer to have a bundle to download.

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Audiograbber + LAME

DownloadThe Audiograbber which is at version 1.83.1 which was the last version made of the software. You can use Audiograbber to rip your CD’s while using LAME as the encoder for the software. Audiograbber is mainly a GUI for those who do not wish to use the command line of the Lame encoder. There area a number of GUI’s for the LAME encoder such as LameXPLameDropXPd or RazorLame. The LameXP is rather widely used in the open source world.

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RazorLame

DownloadRazorLame is another GUI interface for the LAME encoder which is on this website here. Not everyone like to use a command line software however the best software is still open source and mainly used on Linux. RazorLame much like other GUI interfaces for Lame makes the software usable for Windows users. You will need to download the software below as well as the LAME encoder. There a number of other GUI interfaces such as LameXP as well as LameDropXPd.

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LameFE

DownloadLameFE is another GUI for use with the LAME encoder which you can find here. LameFE is no longer being developed and you might want to consider a few other options. These are LameXP as well as LameDropXPd which is also on this website. The software was last updated in 2007 when Vista came out to market. The software has not been updated since then so it might not work on operating systems after the Vista release in 2007.

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LameDropXPd

DownloadThere are a number of GUI interfaces for LAME. You can run a GUI for LAME such as LameXP as well as the one listed below being LameDropXPd. This GUI has been been updated in many years however it still works very well. Note also that LameDropXPd 3.1 (x86 and x64) works well and is based on LAME 3.99.5 version of the software.  You can search this website for other windows type LAME GUI interfaces which are not as difficult to find if you try.

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LameXP

DownloadThe LameXP software is a GUI for the LAME encoder which you can find on this website. The GUI is very easy to use and it is used mainly by people who do not use Linux as it looks like your common Windows type software. The interface for the LAME encoder is a drag and drop type software so it is easy to rip your CD’s and change them into something else. You can also control all the usual LAME settings via the GUI. LAME XP supports a number of formats which you might find very useful.

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LAME MP3 Encoder

Download LAME has come a long way and the updated or update of LAME is now available. There has not been much work done on it over the years. LAME was originally developed under the acronym  LAME Ain’t an Mp3 Encoder. It originally started as a mere patch for the dist10 ISO demonstration source. After this it took on a life of its own as it was not able to produce an mp3 stream or even being compiled by itself. That all changed in the year 2000.

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CoreFlac Decoder

This is the latest version of the FLAC decoder and Encoder being version 0.4. If you want to play FLAC movies then you will need to have this small program on your computer. This file can be used by Media Player Classic or any media player based on DirectShow. This update was released in February 2005 and is the latest file for your movies.

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Media Player Classic MPC

Media Player Classic MPCThe popular Media Player Classic reminds one of the first versions of  the Windows Media Player 6.4. While Microsoft has moved to a more larger player both in size and CPU usage, everyone wanted to simply play their videos without much effort. Lighter in memory usage as it is small and more simply.

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Real Alternative Player

Real Alternative PlayerThe Real Player Alternative is one of the best players on the market to play real files with. The original Real Player has over the years become a problem with all the addon that they now have with the player. Free does not mean free when you have bloated software.

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Ogg Vorbis ACM Codec

logo2The Ogg Vorbis ACM is an audio compression format which has become very popular on the internet. You can compare the Ogg ACM codec to other formats such as  MP3, VQF, AAC, and other digital audio formats. Ogg Vorbis however has a much better quality than what MP3 is every going to have.

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Fraunhofer MPEG Layer-3 Audio Decoder

Fraunhofer MPEG Layer-3 Audio DecoderThe Fraunhofer MPEG codec is one that is needed when wanting to listen to MP3 files. The codec is norammly misisng when you get one of 2 messages : Tag 55 which means the codec is missing or Tag 85 which means the decoder is missing. This is a very popular codec as it is one of the most used audio codecs on the internet.

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