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download the stable versions until the beta versions replace them.This tutorial was written using the latest beta version, however, to keep it as up to date aspossible.
Download and install MP3 encoder
While the MP3 encoder is listed as an optional download, it is required in order to export MP3files. MP3 files are ubiquitous on the Web, and their small size with relatively low quality lossensures that it will be quick and easy to download. Installing an MP3 encoder is
. The MP3 encode Audacity uses is called
.Despite its name, LAME is a ubiquitous, open-source MP3 encoder that allows many softwareapplications to create MP3s from uncompressed audio files. LAME is a reverse acronym for
LAME ain't an MP3 encoder,
which is deceptive because it
an MP3 encoder. The name was areference to the early version of the software.From the downloads page on Audacity's Web site, you will see some "optional" downloads. Clickon the link for the
LAME MP3 encoder
, or follow this link:LAME MP3 Encoder.Follow the instructions for downloading the LAME MP3 Encoder package to your computer. Onceyou have extracted the package, open Audacity, and select
under the Audacitymenu (Mac) or Edit menu (PC).From the left menu, click on
(might be labeled differently in earlier versions of Audacity) then click on the
button. If you didn't download the LAME library yet,there is also a download button to do this here as well.