Re: new to windows, need help with software selections


You mean convert to wave from a compressed cformat and then compress the wave file in another compressed format?  That accomplishes nothing.  You lose sound quality regardless of whether you first convert to wave.  All you are doing is producing a wave file with the compression characteristics in terms of the sound that were in the first compressed format.  Then you are compressing that file to another compressed format.  You loose the same amount of quality as though you simply converted from one compressed format to another.  If you really care about the audio and listen on good or reasonably good reproduction equipment, you should leave compressed files in their original compressed format. 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:57 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] new to windows, need help with software selections

I would suggest extracting to wav first.
winlame at though quite old still works.
The codecs are not up to date but the conversion works for most things.

On 15/02/2017 5:09 p.m., Gene wrote:
> It appears you want to convert mp3 files into other formats.  If you convert mp3 into other compressed formats such as ogg, you are compressing one compressed format with another.  You will loose sound quality if you do so.
> Gene
> ----- Original Message -----
> hi all
> I'm a bit ashamed to say this, but I've just switched from linux,
> specifically sonar gnu linux,  to windows 10 full time. There are many
> reasons why  and I won't go into them hear since this is the wrong list,
> but the windows blind community is just friendlier and much much less
> prone to judge people based on what software they want to use, what
> speech voice they want to use and so on. I was hoping you guys could
> point me to some free as in price, and open source if possible, software
> to do the things I've gotten used to doing in linux. I'll provide a list.
> A cd ripper, preferably one that can look up info on cd databases, and
> if such a thing exists, one that can look up data on audiobook cd's,
> since the ones available for linux can't. It would be nice if it could
> rip to opus or ogg vorbis files, preferably both, since I don't care for
> mp3 and use free to use media formats like ogg or opus for everything.
> Something that can download videos from youtube, entire playlists if
> possible. I've found youtube dl gui for this, but it leaves the video
> and audio tracks separate, instead of combining them so I have to
> manuallt delete them. An audio converter, so I can convert mp3, m4b, etc
> files into the formats I prefer to use. I've come across format factory
> and already wrote about it hear, but it doesn't seem to handle opus so I
> may need to use something else. I've just discovered kodi, the htpc
> software. Can it handle using services such as spotify, pandora and
> I don't use any of these yet, but I'd like to start, assuming
> spotify and pandora are still free to use. Accessible torrent software.
> I've been usint q bittorrent, and it is usable but not very accessible.
> I want torrent software for legal things, not the pirate bay and such.
> Even though I'm no longer using sonar I still want to support it's
> torrent seeds, as well as other linux distro torrents such as vinux and
> fedora. Is there a good free program to keep drivers up to date? If
> these are still needed. My computer is experiencing frequent bugcheck
> screens from something called amdkfb.sys, and I thought maybe a free
> driver updater would download an updated driver that would fix it.
> Something that doesn't nag you to upgrade to a pro version would be
> nice, and that can be run portable would be even better, but I don't
> want to be picky. I'm only asking for all of these instead of doing my
> own research because I'm frequently lead around in circles. Sites that
> say a piece of software is free, when what they mean is free but comes
> with extra stuff, free trial, or not free at all and they want you to
> pay for it. Driver updaters that aren't accessible and often install
> extras, such as pc care, pc cleaners, and the chrome browser. Are there
> good ways of avoiding these kinds  of things? I'm new to windows after
> being in linux for five years so I might as well be a first time windows
> user. Thanks for any help, I'll try not to ask for this much help again.
> Thanks
> Kendell Clark

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