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By LameFE Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Partially based on code from CDex, LameFE is a simple and efficient open-source alternative for converting multiple types of audio files. It includes four major encoders--MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, Monkey Audio, and WAV--which can be selected from an easily accessible pull-down menu. Batch processing features, Paranoia mode extraction options, and the program's small footprint help make LameFE a bit more functional than your average audio encoder.

The LameFE interface is well organized and built for speed. Graphical toolbars swap in and out effortlessly, and clearly identifiable buttons allow for one-touch CD backup, multiple CD ripping, FreeDB lookup, and ID3 tag editing. While converting files, LameFE minimizes itself to the Windows system tray, so you may lose sight of the program in the taskbar. Some odd bits of German in the preferences may surprise a few users, but they don't limit LameFE's functionality.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.2.3


Release November 8, 2008
Date Added January 28, 2004
Version 2.2.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements - Adaptec ASPI drivers version 4.60 or later


Total Downloads 296,896
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Developer's Description

LameFE offers a simple GUI for LAME and other encoders, including Ogg/Vorbis, MP3, WAV, and Monkey Audio. LameFE features a fully automated batch mode (it can use all CD drives) and also supports CD backup, CDText, and CDPlayer.ini. A toggled ID3 tag editor allows quick edits to ID3 version 1 and 2 tags. Users can easily define filename format, create playlists, query FreeDB servers to access file and album information, and much more.