I am actually quite surprised at the larger portion of this poll that is legitimate. Granted, its only 17 votes so far, but still. So, what program did you use to make your legitimate files from your audio CDs? Or are all the files from the iTunes Music Store?
Personally, for creating MP3s from scratch, I prefer the LAME MP3 encoder and Exact Audio Copy under Windows and the LAME plug-in for iTunes under OS X.
I ripped my legitimate mp3s through MusicMatch – something that I wish I knew more about at the time because now I find myself wanting to re-rip all of them at the maximum quality – instead of just 192kbps. I might be up for using the LAME iTunes plug-in, if you can convince me it’s the best way to go. Would it result in songs I could still move and use as easily as the mp3s I have now?
The songs I got from Kazaa I also plan to re-download via allofmp3 or eMusic for both the increased quality and to make my library legitimate.
At this point I rip everything with iTunes. The vast bulk of stuff that I have for which i don’t own CDs is from either Mp3.com, when it was still around, or epitonic.com, which still is.
I got it from P2P, but a lot of it was GNUFDL’ed
I bought it all from iTunes.
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