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Is this a good idea? You're going to lose quality:
- You compress to mp3 and discard info in the process.
- By converting the mp3 to wav you don't lose anything.
- By converting the wav to ogg you lose some more.
I'm using ogg but I haven't tried to convert my mp3 library to that format. I only rip new cds into ogg.
Everyone's always talking about xmms....try it, theres an option to change the input plug to LAME. You should be able to convert any audio file to mp3 within xmms. Thats what I do....but there are other open source techniques....
You may want to check out a program for your distro called soundconverter. There is another called soundconvert that is different. I've found it very useful in this sort of situation. Note though that converting lossy formats to lossy formats degrades the quality. If you could pull from the original media or some such lossless format instead you'd be in better shape.
Generally it's stupid to convert a compressed format to another. Consider this: if you have the originals, as you should have if they're not illegal (and I'm not sure if web-bought mp3s or other formats can legally be re-coded), and then you should use those originals or if they're wavs, then encode them. If you don't have the originals, consider if the files are legal, and anyway recoding them means recompressing which means losing quality as said already. The quality on most mp3 and ogg files is already compressed so low that it's just enough for a person who likes music, and recoding it over and over again makes it sound dull. I suggest you take the original discs where the sound is uncompressed, and recode from them.
K3B will also convert files well & quickly.
but only with a plugin; not all distributions ship with that plugin.
b0uncer, consider my situation where this process helpful and not illegal.
I have a collection of CDs ripped to ogg in another location. It took me many hours to convert them to ogg. This Christmas I received an MP3 player that doesn't support ogg so I'd like to have them in MP3 format. The CD media, because they take up space and are used infrequently are stored away in an inconvenient place. I can't access them at will. Until I can get them, it is helpful to simply convert what I need.
Next time I'm going to convert them to FLAC, a lossless format to remove this sort of hassle. (I hope).