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LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder

LAME development started around mid-1998. Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources. That branch (a patch against the reference sources) became LAME 2.0, and only in LAME 3.81 the developers got rid of all dist10 code, making the encoder no longer only a patch.

The project quickly became a team project. Mike Cheng eventually left leadership and started working on tooLame, an MP2 encoder. Mark Taylor became leader and released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model he developed.

LAME is meant to be a recursive acronym, in the GNU tradition, meaning LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder. But other allusions exist, for instance, "lame" is the French word for blade.

Nowadays LAME is considered the best MP3 encoder at variable and mid-high bitrates, mostly thanks to the dedicated work of talented developers like Takehiro Tominaga, Naoki Shibata, Gabriel Bouvigne, Robert Hegemann, etc. And development is still going on...

The LAME home page is located here.


Date: 2002-12-01
Version: 3.93.1
Interface: Command line
Platform: Win32
Download: lame3.93.1.zip - 190kB
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Date: 2002-11-16
Version: 3.93
Download: lame3.93.zip - 189kB
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Date: 2002-04-14
Version: 3.92
Download: lame3.92.zip - 188kB
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Date: 2001-12-29
Version: 3.91
Download: lame3.91.zip - 180kB
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Date: 2001-12-21
Version: 3.90
Download: lame3.90.zip - 367kB
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Date: 2001-12-24
Version: 3.90.1 - HydrogenAudio Fork
Download: lame3.90.1.zip - 367kB
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Date: 2001-07-05
Version: 3.89b
Download: lame3.89.zip - 171kB
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Date: 2001-03-25
Version: 3.88b
Download: lame3.88.zip - 363kB
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Date: 2000-09-25
Version: 3.87a
Download: lame3.87.zip - 188kB

Date: 2000-08-06
Version: 3.86b
Download: lame3.86.zip - 175kB

Date: 2000-07-03
Version: 3.85b
Download: lame3.85.zip - 111kB
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Date: 2000-06-30
Version: 3.84b
Download: lame3.84.zip - 166kB

Date: 2000-05-19
Version: 3.83b
Download: lame3.83.zip - 160kB

Date: 2000-05-11
Version: 3.82b
Download: lame3.82.zip - 107kB
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Date: 2000-05-08
Version: 3.81b
Download: lame3.81.zip - 140kB

Date: 2000-05-06
Version: 3.80b
Download: lame3.80.zip - 188kB

Date: 2000-04-06
Version: 3.70
Download: lame3.70.zip - 129kB

Date: 2000-04-06
Version: 3.69b
Download: lame3.69.zip - 129kB

Date: 2000-04-04
Version: 3.68b
Download: lame3.68.zip - 128kB

Date: 2000-03-27
Version: 3.67b
Download: lame3.67.zip - 128kB

Date: 2000-03-21
Version: 3.66b
Download: lame3.66.zip - 130kB

Date: 2000-03-17
Version: 3.65b
Download: lame3.65.zip - 129kB

Date: 2000-02-20
Version: 3.63b
Download: lame3.63.zip - 124kB

Date: 2000-02-09
Version: 3.62b
Download: lame3.62.zip - 124kB

Date: 2000-01-14
Version: 3.61b
Download: lame3.61.zip - 136kB

Date: 2000-01-09
Version: 3.60b
Download: lame3.60.zip - 133kB

Date: 2000-01-04
Version: 3.59b
Download: lame3.59.zip - 131kB

Date: 1999-12-13
Version: 3.58b
Download: lame3.58.zip - 99kB
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Date: 1999-11-22
Version: 3.57b
Download: lame3.57.zip - 96kB
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Date: 1999-11-19
Version: 3.56b
Download: lame3.56.zip - 98kB
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Date: 1999-11-11
Version: 3.55b
Download: lame3.55.zip - 96kB
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Date: 1999-11-01
Version: 3.50
Download: lame3.50.zip - 95kB
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Date: 1999-10-21
Version: 3.35b (DLL only)
Download: lame3.35.dll.zip - 104kB
Platform: IBM OS/2
Download: lame3.35.OS2.zip - 145kB
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Date: 1999-10-12
Version: 3.34b
Download: lame3.34.zip - 131kB
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Date: 1999-09-29
Version: 3.30b
Download: lame3.30.zip - 364kB
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Date: 1999-09-21
Version: 3.29b
Platform: IBM OS/2
Download: lame3.29.OS2.zip - 193kB
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Date: 1999-08-15
Version: 3.24b
Download: lame3.24.zip - 363kB
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Date: 1999-07-19
Version: 3.20
Download: lame3.20.zip - 81kB
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