iTunes-LAME Encoder
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iTunes-LAME Encoder bridges the gap between iTunes and the LAME command line encoder. It joins the simple interface of iTunes with the higher quality of the LAME encoder.
What's New
Version 2.0.9-34:
  • ID3v1 Tags
  • Working Unicode support
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • iTunes 6 or later
  • LAME 3.97 (recommended; earlier versions should work though)



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daveghax reviewed on 04 Oct 2012
I've used/loved this for years. Just updated to Mountain Lion/iTunes 10. Now it hangs on "gathering information". Any help?
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Philips666 replied on 31 Dec 2012
iTunes LAME is still plugging away for me even in iTunes 11. If it hangs at *gathering information* it might not be able to find your source files. This has been the case with me in the past.
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OsloX reviewed on 01 Jan 2012
Any update on this? Doesnt work with iTunes 9 or 10.
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Caschreier replied on 01 Mar 2012
It does work with iTunes 10 under OSX Snow Leopard. May be not with Lion, I haven't made the switch yet because of some PPC applications I still use. But if you are not going to write a review, don't give a bad score, just write a comment. I still use this program and it works flawlessly.
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huzzam commented on 31 Jan 2008
Better with tags, but slower:

I'm glad to see they've worked out the tagging issues. Now all the tags seem to make it to the encoded files, though some Unicode still gets mangled (accented Greek characters, so far, in my experience). Still, a definite improvement over 2.0.8, which just lost ~75% of tags!

I do notice, though, that this version runs at about 40% the speed of 2.0.8 on my Core 2 Duo 2gHz Macbook. I thought maybe I had a PowerPC version, but Activity Monitor shows it as Intel. I used to get around 12x encoding with "--preset standard", and now I'm at 4.5x. Any ideas?
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cbx322 reviewed on 01 Dec 2007
SUPERB!!! Finally this version of iTunes-Lame is working flawlessly with iTunes > 7.02. No lost tags anymore, no need to rewrite tags. Tags are already written as v2.4. Still recognizes own compiled lame binary. Just perfect. Works in Tiger and Leopard. Thank you so much!
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itbjorn commented on 27 Oct 2007
where can I find the script that helps me open it from inside iTunes?
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Jean-Loup commented on 27 Oct 2007
You need to copy the app into ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ folder (~ means your Library folder, not the one at the root, but should work too)

If the Scripts folder does not exist, create it

And you access iTunes-LAME encoder from the scipt menu inside iTunes : Import with LAME…
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itbjorn replied on 28 Oct 2007
Did what you said, and nothing new shows in the sripts menu.
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dZp commented on 28 Oct 2007
There was never a script to launch the iTunes-Lame application, it used to be that placing the application in the ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ folder, it would be accessible from iTunes' script menubar item and "just work". This has changed since a few iTunes releases. You can no longer (with the current iTunes version at least) access an .app directly from the script menu, but a simple workaround is to write your own script as follows :

- Open Script Editor ( /Applications/Applescript/Script Editor ).

- Paste the following line :
tell application "iTunes-LAME" to launch

- Save the script as "iTunes-LAME" with File Format: Script.

- Place your new script in ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ and it'll show up in the iTunes' script menubar item. Clicking it will launch the iTunes-LAME application.

Note that the iTunes-LAME application itself can be left in the /Scripts/ folder or you can place it in your /Applications/ folder. Now it "just works" again. ;-)
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itbjorn replied on 28 Oct 2007
Thanks a lot!
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OSXpowerbook commented on 12 Oct 2007
iTunes-LAME is a fantastic program, but several months ago it started giving me problems. Would not import all of the tracks, or wouldn't put all the information (ID tags) into the tracks that would actually import.

I think because iTunes seems to have an update every couple of weeks, it has changed enough that there are now compatability bugs with the last version of iTune-LAME... if it were brought up to date with the LATEST version of iTunes, the problem would probably be resolved.

I MISS using LAME!
[Version 2.0.9b4]


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MarkOh commented on 02 Oct 2007
http://sbooth.org/Max/

you won't need anything else. I once used to use iTunes-LAME... when it used to work.
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canoeberry commented on 05 Jun 2007
I used iTunes-LAME for years but I am having trouble for the first time. The AIF tracks have all the track information in them, including now, for the first time, Album Art.

I am having trouble when the mp3 files are created, the ID3 tags are not making into most of the tracks. So the Album field is often blank, for example.

My current theory that I cannot quite test at the moment is that the album art in the AIF file (which is a new feature of iTunes) is causing problems.

Anybody else experienced this problem?
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g8tgod commented on 03 Aug 2006
Okay, I'm convinced. I had heard that the mp3 encoder for iTunes was not very good, and that LAME was essential. But I figured people were just being overly picky. Not so. I have one CD that is just not bearable using the iTunes encoder, even at 192.

But have you ever tried to use LAME? Not exactly user friendly. The iTunes-LAME script is simple and it works; it's great!

One question: this says it's v. 2.0.8, but when I open the script, it says v. 2.0.7. Am I missing something here?
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aka commented on 11 Mar 2006
This is an essential script. I would gladly donate to keep the author in business and to see updates incorporating the latest preferred LAME builds.
In the meantime, for those wishing to use iTunes-LAME 2.0.8 with LAME 3.97b2 (preferred build as of this writing), see:
http://alpharuin.blogspot.com/2006/01/guide-itunes-lame-correct-way.html
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Shock-J had trouble on 01 Dec 2007
This no longer works for me in iTunes 7.5 and Leopard on MacBook Pro. Not sure if it's an iTunes issue or a Leopard issue. Anyone got this working in these conditions?
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Shock-J commented on 01 Dec 2007
I got it working. I had a separate install of the LAME framework installed and I think it was conflicting with this one. As soon as I removed the extra framework, this encoder started working.
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mdewakanton replied on 25 Dec 2007
I too had this trouble updating iTunes to 7.5 under Tiger 10.4.9 and could solve it in a different way (Import with LAME didn't show up in Scripts menu): Show package contents > Contents > Resources > Import with LAME....scpt, I put a copy of this script in iTunes Scripts folder and then it correctly showed up in menu and launched iTunes-LAME Encoder.

Hope this helps.
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cbx322 had trouble on 30 Nov 2007
Are the tagging issues solved? (lost tag information with version 2.08 and iTunes > 7.02)
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License:Free
Date:26 Oct 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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