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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Creating MP3s with Your Jukebox Program

All of the jukebox programs covered in this book can create encoded files in MP3 and several other formats. With Media Jukebox, you can also install plug-ins for other MP3 encoders, such as LAME.

This section looks at the general process for creating MP3s and gives specifics for three popular jukebox programs. It also covers obtaining album artwork and incorporating the images into your MP3 files.

General process

These are the typical steps for creating MP3 files from a CD. The setup part only needs to be done once, unless you need to change the settings.

  1. Setup

    1. Choose the encoder (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, etc.) and configure the bit rate and other settings.

    2. Choose the folder where the MP3 files will be stored.

    3. Choose the method of creating subfolders and naming the files.

  2. Rip the tracks

    1. Insert the CD you want to convert.

    2. If a screen that lists the CD tracks doesn’t show up automatically, select the command for ripping.

    3. If you have an Internet connection, let your jukebox program get the track names (metadata) from a site such as the CDDB (http://www.gracenote.com).

    4. Choose the tracks to rip.

    5. Click the “go” button to rip the tracks.

  3. Add metadata and artwork

    1. Enter additional metadata if desired, such as tempo, situation, or rating.

    2. Add the album artwork.

Following are some tips for creating MP3 files with iTunes, Media Jukebox, and Musicmatch. These instructions assume you are creating MP3 files from audio CDs. To record directly to MP3, set the format and bit-rate as ...

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