LAME gives you the best possible quality/compression, provides lots of function and works very fast. The original LAME mp3-encoder is aviable from the official homepage (www.mp3dev.org), but it's only aviable as a console-application. Such console-applications are very flexible, but most users prefer to work with GUI (graphical user interface) applications.
LameXP is a GUI for the LAME mp3-encoder, that makes it much more comfortable to use LAME. Using LameXP is very easy, because the user-interface has been desingned as simple as possible and it uses the new WindowsXP style. The Nero Encoder is not included in the download, it's available from the Nero Webseite as free download. Accepted input formats are: Wave, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC/MP4, FLAC, WavPack, Musepack, Speex and APE.
Features of LameXP: - Creates MP3 (MPEG 1.0 Audio-Layer III) files - Provides a graphical user-interface for Windows XP - Provides the highest possible MP3 quality/compression-rate - Supports PCM Wave-Audio files, MP3 files and raw PCM files - Supports bitrate-based and quality-based comapression - Supports variable bitrate MP3 files and avarge bitrate encoding - Supports Mono, Stereo, Joint Stereo and Dual Mono - Supports ID3 Tags (ID3v1 and ID3v2) - Supports Resampling and Stereo/Mono Downmixing - Supports varoius encoder quality/speed modes