mp3 encoding with Winamp

Luis

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Hello

I want to use Winamp to encode MP3

But in the rip options appear various types of bitrate methods:

CBR
ABR
VBR default
VBR old
VBR new
VBR mtrh

which is the best method?
 

gothitbycar

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If you plan on putting the songs in any mp3 players or anything you should use CBR (constant bitrate) for best compatibility. CBR is chosen alot of times because of its predictable file sizes but it will encode at a constant rate, say 128kbps wether you need it or not. It's pretty ineffecient compared to VBR (variable bitrate) encoding. VBR is the way to go for high quality if space isn't an issue. The only problem is unpredictable file sizes. It will constantly change the bit rate which is needed for the song. This means one 3 minute song may be 5mb's while a different 3 minute song could be 12 mb's. ABR (average bitrate) trys to take the best of both worlds. The user selects a bit rate (say 128kbps) and it will only change a few kbps (say up to ~180kbps) to help keep the file size in check.

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