Record audio to MP3 format and more with RIP Vinyl
RIP Vinyl now allows you to save to formats that take less disk space, like True Speech, CCITT, GSM, ADPCM, Ogg (when a codec becomes available) and MP3. The program can use any installed ACM (Audio compression manager) codecs (Coder-Decoders). So, as new recording formats become publicly available, RIP Vinyl is ready. Simply install the codec supplied by its manufacturer, and RIP Vinyl will automatically support it.
Why doesn't RIP Vinyl include an MP3 Codec?
Windows 95 and 98 shipped with an MP3 codec that could record to a 22,050 Hz format. Microsoft removed this from later versions of windows. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship an MP3 codec with RIP Vinyl, as the licensing it requires a minimum commitment of $15,000 per year, and a per copy surcharge of $5.00 for each copy of the program sold. This would make RIP Vinyl unviable. You may find that other software on your system already has licensed the codec. You can find out all the latest on MP3 licensing issues at www.mp3licensing.com
Microsoft now ship a compatible MP3 codec with Windows Media Player 10
Beginning with Media Player 10, Microsoft began shipping the Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec (Professional) codec. When you install RIP Vinyl, after Media Player 10, or if l3codecp.acm is found in your c:\windows\system32 folder, the codec will automatically be enabled and there is nothing more to buy.
Licensed MP3 Codec now available!
With the latest release of RIP Vinyl, we are now pleased to announce that we support an official MP3 Encoder, properly licensed and approved by Microsoft for Windows XP.
The encoder (Cyberlink PowerEncoder) can be purchased from CyberLink for only $9.95. We have tested RIP Vinyl with this product and are pleased with the results. We also know that the software also works with version 0.9 of the LAME Encoders ACM driver, but this driver is hard to find and also requires a license for MP3 encoding.
When you purchase from CyberLink with a credit card, you will be emailed a download link and an installation code almost immediately, so you can be up and running legally in just a few minutes.
Also, bear in mind that some codecs however will not work (notably Windows Media and VoxWare). This is because the manufacturers can require an additional key to unlock the codec, despite this breaking the rules of the codecs.