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Current wisdom about LAME/VBR Track Duration Issue, Is it recommended to use vbrfix.exe?
post Sep 28 2006, 21:42
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I am coming back to mp3 after having used ATRAC and Sony equipment for some time. The new iPods with gapless support have brought me back.

I'm figuring out what I need to do and how to use the tools before I go hog-wild encoding all of my CDs.

One thing I haven't sorted out is what the best/suggested way to handle the issue related to the track duration issue with VBR files created by LAME.

I wasn't surprised to see that iTunes displayed the durations incorrectly, but when foobar2000 did too, I was surprised.

I've done some reading and the usage of vbrfix.exe comes up again and again. I also see where this utility trashes the LAME tags in the file. It's not clear to me if this should be used.

So my questions are:
1) Should I use vbrfix.exe on all VBR mp3s I encode? I listen to a lot of electronic, jazz, and prog music so most of the music I encode will be above the 10 min. mark.
2) Will vbrfix.exe clobber gapless info?
3) Why does this happen and why can't it be fixed in the LAME encoder itself?
4) If proper duration information is really important, should I just use CBR?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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