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audio software that will scan folder and reduce hi bitrate mp3s?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
hi,

with my new HTPC build, i'm going through the laborious task of organizing my entire mp3 library. i found some good software to tag the library and dl album art, but i can't find a good audio conversion program.

what i am looking for specifically is a program that will go through a folder (and all subfolders) and change the bit rate of mp3s, but only those that are above a bit rate i choose. i want the new bit rate file to replace the old one after conversion.

anyone have any suggestions? i'm going crazy looking for something that will do this.

thanks

edit: made my title more specific. i searched the htpc app thread before posting...couldn't find anything that would do this.
post #2 of 13
Why would you want to do this? Do your files sound TOO good?! You _have_ noticed storage space cost next to nothing? I could see for a small mp3 player or even the car but listening at home; it sounds like a major mistake to want to lower the quality of your existing files. At least KEEP the better files if you are crazy enough to actually do this. I predict you will regret doing this if you follow through.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
the reason is not important...just want to know if any software is capable of this.

i can't find any.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
the only thing i can think of is to do a explorer search for all my mp3 files, add the bit rate column, sort by that, then drag and drop all the ones i want into a converter that supports drap+drop. :/
post #5 of 13
Can be done with J. River Media Center. Use smartlists to select bitrate above a value, then convert into whatever format and bitrate you choose and replace the file. It's not freeware though if thats what you want.
post #6 of 13
The nearest thing that I can think of to that would be to use LAME (which is command line based) and then write a shell script (in VB or a batch file or whatever you're the most comfortable with) that scans through the files and picks which files need to be converted and then calls LAME to convert the file.
post #7 of 13
Reasons are alway IMPORTANT but you may not want to share yours. I will decide how important your reason is to ME. I can't really imagine any honest reason for doing this that one would not want to share but maybe you are just shy. At any rate it seems you have been given a decent idea of how to proceed.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by netman View Post

Reasons are alway IMPORTANT but you may not want to share yours. I will decide how important your reason is to ME. I can't really imagine any honest reason for doing this that one would not want to share but maybe you are just shy.

OCD.
post #9 of 13
I do not know the answer to your question, but will you share the software that you use for tagging and album art?
post #10 of 13
dBpoweramp Music Converter (dMC):
http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm

dMC might be your ticket. I use this program to batch convert my entire FLAC collection to MP3 format for use w/ my portables. The program supports many(most) formats to/from.
post #11 of 13
BTW, I have a similar issue of looking for an app that will batch convert a bunch of .bmp files to jpg.

All the apps I have right now require loading each bmp and then saving each file as a jpg. And to add insult to injury, the jpg settings aren't sticky so every save requires fixing all the jpg settings first.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mac The Knife View Post

BTW, I have a similar issue of looking for an app that will batch convert a bunch of .bmp files to jpg.

All the apps I have right now require loading each bmp and then saving each file as a jpg. And to add insult to injury, the jpg settings aren't sticky so every save requires fixing all the jpg settings first.


FYI...Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, ACDSee and many other apps can do batch conversions.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by netman View Post

Reasons are alway IMPORTANT but you may not want to share yours. I will decide how important your reason is to ME. I can't really imagine any honest reason for doing this that one would not want to share but maybe you are just shy. At any rate it seems you have been given a decent idea of how to proceed.

I think that he's playing a prank on someone who thinks that they can tell the difference!

96kbps4ever!

(lol)
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