How to Make
make MP3s, you have to "rip" the song from the CD into
a sound file and then "encode" it in the compressed
MP3 format. Commercial software does this in one step, but Mac
freeware does not.
Time Required: 2 hrs.
MP3 ripping/encoding software. For Windows, WinAmp is free. Others
retail for $30-$50. Mac users can buy SoundJam or MPegger for
a similar price.
users opting for freeware must rip, encode and play with separate
applications. Use Simple Text (yes, Simple Text) for ripping,
and Blade Enc for encoding.
software can be downloaded from links supplied on the "MP3"
Netlinks page. There you'll also find links to other sites to
do more research or get updates on what's out there.
encode songs, simply insert a CD or CDR into your disc drive
and follow the directions. Most apps are easy to use and default
to the standard internet format: 128 bit stereo, 44.1 Mhz.
users: To rip a song from a CD with Simple Text, make sure you
have at least 30-50 Megs free on your target drive. Sound files
are that big before you compress them.
Simple Text and choose "Open File" from the menu. Navigate
to the track on the CD you want to open and choose it.
box will offer you the choice to "Convert" Go ahead.
You can change the target directory but not the name of the file
at this point.
while Simple Text translates the track into a large sound file
- a few minutes.
Blade Enc software. Choose encode from menu and then use the
dialog box to navigate to and choose the newly created sound
file. Default is the standard 128 bit stereo, 44.1Khz.
while file is compressed. Make sure the filename has no spaces
and ends with the extension .mp3 so that all applications will
you're ready to upload your new MP3 files to the internet.
that idiots do this all the time.
that it is illegal to sell, give away or upload MP3s of other
people's copyrighted compositions.
always a good idea to test your MP3 files after you make them
to make sure there were no encoding errors.
Hugh Blumenfeld, Editor
© 2001 Hugh Blumenfeld/The Ballad Tree