LAME

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LAME
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LAME official logo
LAME v3.99.5.png
LAME v3.99.5 running under Linux
Developer(s)The LAME development team
Initial release1998
Stable release3.99.5 / 28 February 2012; 21 months ago (2012-02-28)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeCodec
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License
Websitelame.sourceforge.net
 
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LAME
Lamelogo.svg

LAME official logo
LAME v3.99.5.png
LAME v3.99.5 running under Linux
Developer(s)The LAME development team
Initial release1998
Stable release3.99.5 / 28 February 2012; 21 months ago (2012-02-28)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeCodec
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License
Websitelame.sourceforge.net

LAME is a free software codec used to encode/compress audio into the lossy MP3 file format.

History[edit]

The name LAME is a recursive acronym for "LAME Ain't an MP3 Encoder".[1] Around mid-1998, Mike Cheng created LAME 1.0 as a set of modifications against the "8Hz-MP3" encoder source code. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start again from scratch based on the "dist10" MPEG reference software sources. His goal was only to speed up the dist10 sources, and leave its quality untouched. That branch (a patch against the reference sources) became Lame 2.0. The project quickly became a team project. Mike Cheng eventually left leadership and started working on tooLAME (an MP2 encoder).

Mark Taylor then started pursuing increased quality in addition to better speed, and released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model he developed.

A few key improvements, in chronological order:

Patents and legal issues[edit]

Like all MP3 encoders, LAME implements some technology covered by patents owned by the Fraunhofer Society and other entities.[2] The developers of LAME do not themselves license the technology described by these patents. Distributing compiled binaries of LAME, its libraries, or programs that derive from LAME in countries that recognize those patents may be patent infringing.

The LAME developers state that, since their code is only released in source code form, it should only be considered as an educational description of an MP3 encoder, and thus does not infringe any patent by itself when released as source code only. At the same time, they advise users to obtain a patent license for any relevant technologies that LAME may implement before including a compiled version of the encoder in a product.[3] Some software is released using this strategy: companies use the LAME library, but obtain patent licenses.

In November 2005, there were reports that the Extended Copy Protection rootkit included on some Sony Compact Discs included portions of the LAME library without complying with the terms of the LGPL.[4][5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LAME MP3 Encoder :: About". Lame.sourceforge.net. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Home". mp3licensing.com. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  3. ^ http://lame.sourceforge.net/tech-FAQ.txt
  4. ^ Reuters (21 November 2005). "Sony BMG Software May Contain Open-Source Code". foxnews.com. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Is Sony in violation of the LGPL?". The-interweb.com. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  6. ^ Sony's XCP DRM[dead link]

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