Lame is not a codec!

By erwin1978
Jan 9, 2003
  1. I don't know why some people call it a codec when it can't even decode. The settings for decoding aren't even present. So, what I'm asking is: is there a lame decoder available? I would like to see if it's better than the never changing Fanhaufer codec. Does winamp use this same system default mp3 codec?
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Lame is a codec, often used for encoding mp3's...
    (Lame stands for LAME Ain't an Mp3 Encoder)

    You can download it from here as a win32 command line binary file...

    You can grab a GUI from here...

    You can set which codec WinAmp should use for encoding/decoding mp'3s under it's options...
    Here is MPG123 which The Coaster Factory claims is a perfect decoder...

    I hope this answers some of your questions :)
    (If not, post back with a bit more precise Q...)
  3. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 185

    GO MR.!
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Codec = coder / decoder or compressor / decompressor (check from if you don't believe), so I wouldn't call LAME a codec either, it's just a good encoder. But what's the big deal?
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Well, since LAME does decode mp3's to wav, I'd say it is a codec...

    Here is a test where among many other decoders, lame is tested....

    Oh, and using the link you provided, I found this:
    Then sending "compression" through, I get the following result:
    And sending "module" trough I get this:
    Of this we can see that LAME does fit the description of a codec...

    Or I could just send "codec" through and get this:
    This too says LAME is a codec, so I think it's safe to concluded that
    LAME is indeed a codec

    And no, I didn't have anything better to do :D

    [EDIT]Typo's and grammar

    And thank you Nick :)
  6. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Posts: 104

    Lame want the radium codec...

    "Fhg Radium MP3 codec v1.263" it works better than lame, and is automatically detected by programs....

    Oh yeah, the DivX codec is good too (as is the AC3 codec) :D
    movies? what movies? ;)
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    Okay - nothing sucks - why did this thread start? Hehe, kinda funny if you ask me - you guys go on and on debating this, but please no one get upset at each other - please.

    btw - does that mean winzip is a codec? LoL

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