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6. Beyond iTunes > 94. Manipulate Audio Using the Terminal

Manipulate Audio Using the Terminal

iTunes isn’t the only way to encode your CDs. With Mac OS X, you can get to the heart of Unix to rip in alternative encoders such as LAME.

One of the greatest advantages of Apple’s OS X operating system is its Unix core. Unix is a flexible environment (once you learn how to use it) that lets you get your hands dirty and solve problems when other applications fall short. While I love iTunes’ powerful “jukebox” environment, I wish it allowed more options when it comes to audio encoding. The LAME encoder (http://lame.sourceforge.net; free) is the Internet standard for quality MP3 encoding.

In the Usenet MP3 groups, you will find LAME in much wider use than any other codec, and your ears will hear the difference. Once I realized what I was missing by using the iTunes encoder, I set out to make using LAME easier.


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