This is a script for iTunes on intel Macs. Decompress, and put it in your
~/Library/iTunes/Scripts folder (create that folder if you don’t have it!).
This will create a menu in iTunes that allows you to import MP3s using the
awesome LAME encoder, for top-quality MP3 encoding. This software differs from
the original in that it is mostly made of intel-native binaries, offering a
massive performance increase and better memory usage over running iTunes-LAME
The actual iTunes-LAME app is still compiled for PPC; however, the LAME and
AIFF-to-Quicktime binaries are now optimized for intel’s Core architecture.
If you are wondering why anyone would bother with iTunes-LAME, the answer is:
- iTunes’ MP3 encoder is focused on speed rather than sound quality
- LAME is as good as it gets in terms of sound quality; LAME is
state-of-the-art, and very fast on intel Core processors.