About.com: Free Rip and EncodeJan 06, 2001, 13:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)
"How would you like a piece of free, open-source software that can:
"The next of our three tools is LAME, which stands for "Lame Ain't an MP3 Encoder." Oddly enough, LAME is perhaps the best mp3 encoder available for any operating system anywhere. ... Repeated analysis from around the industry suggests that LAME is among the least distortive of mp3 encoders."