cannot encode MP3
files by itself, because the MP3
encoding algorithm is patented and cannot legally be used in free programs. However, Audacity
has been programmed to recognize other existing MP3
encoders that you can download separately. All you have to do is obtain the appropriate MP3
encoder for your computer and then show Audacity
where it is located.
If you use... You need to...
Windows Download LAME and look for the file called lame_enc.dll
Linux/Unix Download LAME and compile it as a shared object, then look for the file called libmp3lame.so
Macintosh Download LAMELib (see our website for more info).
For links to these MP3
encoders, go to the Audacity
web page (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
) and go to the page for your operating system.
The first time you try to export an MP3
will ask you to locate your MP3
encoder. Locate the file indicated above. From then on, Audacity
will not need to ask you again and you will be able to export MP3
How do I compile Lame as a shared object for FC4 & locate it once Audacity
asks for it ? Thanks Joe48