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Is it really necessary to re-encode everything to the latest LAME vers
SonicBooom!
post Apr 8 2012, 00:22
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The title says it all. I have tons of FLACs and every one of them has a copy in MP3 encoded in LAME 3.98.4 and some are in 3.99.3. 3.99.5 is the new latest version now, should this mean I have to re-encode those FLACs to 3.99.5? I would gladly want to hear opinions of others.


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JJZolx
post Apr 8 2012, 23:48
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There could be few reasons why it would, literally, be "necessary". Perhaps if it was known that the version that had been used to encode your existing files introduced bugs or known sound quality problems, but that's not the case.

Then there's the question of whether or not it's desirable. That's debatable, but there arguably hasn't been much progress in sound quality from 3.98 to 3.99. A few members have even suggested the opposite.

For me, the main reasons for switching to 3.99 have been in usability. You can now embed artwork files larger than 128kB. You can now add TXXX Id3v2 frames when encoding. Since anything new that I transcode from FLAC will be done using 3.99.5, I chose to re-encode the entire existing FLAC library. On my server with about 35k tracks, it takes about 3 days running in the background, which isn't really any more work for me than if it took 3 minutes.

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- SonicBooom!   Is it really necessary to re-encode everything to the latest LAME vers   Apr 8 2012, 00:22
- - saratoga   No.   Apr 8 2012, 00:43
|- - indybrett   QUOTE (saratoga @ Apr 7 2012, 18:43) No. ...   Apr 8 2012, 07:29
- - SonicBooom!   May I ask WHY?   Apr 8 2012, 01:02
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (SonicBooom! @ Apr 7 2012, 21:0...   Apr 8 2012, 01:50
- - Remedial Sound   The goal of lossy compression like mp3 is to achie...   Apr 8 2012, 02:08
- - Porcus   QUOTE (SonicBooom! @ Apr 8 2012, 01:2...   Apr 8 2012, 02:22
|- - odious malefactor   QUOTE (Porcus @ Apr 7 2012, 17:22) From 3...   Apr 8 2012, 06:09
||- - db1989   QUOTE (odious malefactor @ Apr 8 2012, 06...   Apr 8 2012, 19:44
||- - skamp   QUOTE (db1989 @ Apr 8 2012, 20:44) …and…?...   Apr 8 2012, 19:57
||- - db1989   Oh, great point! My bad. Yeah, they’re just r...   Apr 8 2012, 20:02
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Porcus @ Apr 7 2012, 18:22) (Also,...   Apr 8 2012, 16:41
- - kornchild2002   Furthermore, the use of a higher bitrate setting m...   Apr 8 2012, 13:12
|- - Nessuno   If your goal is to reach the same sound quality wi...   Apr 8 2012, 16:46
- - JJZolx   There could be few reasons why it would, literally...   Apr 8 2012, 23:48
- - greynol   Personally I find such usage of electricity wastef...   Apr 8 2012, 23:57
|- - splice   QUOTE (greynol @ Apr 8 2012, 15:57) Perso...   Apr 9 2012, 01:03
|- - JJZolx   QUOTE (greynol @ Apr 8 2012, 15:57) Regar...   Apr 9 2012, 01:11
- - damoresh   I have several old mp3 with lame3.90 -lame 3.97 cb...   May 18 2012, 07:21
- - Apesbrain   @damoresh, see "Lossy-to-lossy transcoding...   May 18 2012, 12:44


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