MPEG Suite 2001
Full user review
"Converts- no more, no less, but does it fast and right"
This program will decompress mp3s to .wavs and compress .wavs to mp3s. It will also decompress and recompress, converting bit rates. Though it does not convert to VBR, it can convert existing VBR mp3s to .wav. It supports bit rates from crappy 48 all the way to unholy 320 kb/s. It includes three choices of codecs; the default one sounds crisp, CD-like, and not watery or distorted at a bit rate of 128.
Available as both a Windows 2000 and a 98 version in the same install--be sure to choose the correct version. (For XP it is the Win2K. See also cons.) Be sure after installing to click the Configure tab.
And, I'm making it sound a lot harder than it is. It's really very point-and-shoot once you get past the Configure tab.
If running XP SP2, be sure to use the Win2K version, or else you'll end up like some of the one star reviewers.
I've run it successfully on four seperate computers, but on all four systems, the program has crashed when trying to drag and drop some mp3s from some folders. (You can always safely drag and drop from the desktop, so this glitch can be worked around with the extra step.)
Another reason why some of the one-star reviewers got nothing was that when the program is first installed, one must select an output directory for both encoder and decoder in the Configure tab. If you try to run it without choosing these first, the program will sit and twiddle its thumbs indefinitely.