Just a quick note to let folks out there know that an update has been released for the LAME MP3 encoder, version 3.98.2.
Any regular visitors I have know that I prefer the LAME encoder for creating MP3 files. If you're like me and you use Audiograbber (Exact Audio Copy is a good alternative, but is less intuitive), then the LAME encoder is absolutely essential if you want the highest quality. You can check out my posting Tutorial: Create MP3s Using Audiograbber with the LAME Encoder for more info on ripping CDs to MP3.
This is basically a minor bugfix update, but for those curious, here's the changelog:
o Fix for Bugtracker item [ 2031704 ] --id3v1-only didnt work in 3.98-final
o Fix for Bugtracker item [ 2022035 ] encoder_padding value and resampling
o Fix for Bugtracker item [ 2029282 ] Frequency filtering API broken in 3.98
o Fix for Bugtracker item [ 2039648 ] potential memory leak in parse_args() function in parse.c
o Fix for some tagging issues:
+ Made search for ID3v1 genres more sloppy, abbrevations may match more often as some simple typos. Examples:
# --tg "Alt. Rock" matches genre "Alternate Rock"
# --tg "acapela" matches genre "A Cappella"
+ New switch --pad-id3v2-size "n": adds ID3v2 tag with n padding bytes.
As usual, the best place to grab the latest LAME compile is from RareWares. You can get the 3.98.2 build (compiled with Intel Compiler 10.1) by clicking here.