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Old 08-02-2010, 09:02 PM
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I just started purchasing a few .mp3's from Amazon. The files all seem to be a good quality, when run through EncSpot or Mr. QuestionMan. 4 of the 5 songs I purchased were encoded with LAME. The other was FhG. Is there any way to tell what it's encoded with before purchasing, or is it just a big crap shoot? If anyone can recommend to me a better place to buy than Amazon, I'm all ears. Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:32 PM
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A big crap shoot.

buy CDs!!
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:37 PM
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I don't like buying CD's, because I hate paying for the whole damn thing to get one or two songs I like.
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I don't like buying CD's, because I hate paying for the whole damn thing to get one or two songs I like.
Yeah that's a bummer. . . I just don't buy CDs in that case (sucks for me).

But at least this way you have a very high quality copy and you can encode mp3s the way they should be.

emusic maybe? idk what other mp3 sites use LAME at all. I think there is an article on abi about various download sites, maybe check that out.
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Yeah, pretty much a crapshoot from the few I have downloaded from Amazon. For me, all have been HQ LAME rips - I think the vast majority are LAME, but FhG is prevalent.

Have you tried emailing Amazon for answers?
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No, I never tried e-mailing them. I bought a Van Halen album, and 5 other separate songs last night. Only 1 was encoded in FhG. They are nice files though, all of them.
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