his original question is about losing his ID3 tags when compressing mp3 files even further.
My reply is about a simpler/easier/faster way of dealing with the REAL issue.
The point you seem to have missed is his motivation for recompressing his mp3’s in the first place.
the perception that his mp3’s take up too much of his available space…
increasing his available space is just as valid a solution as making the files themselves smaller.
It’s a question of making the fish smaller, I’m just suggesting that a bigger aquarium is just as valid a solution to his “problem”
Now, if he has more storage space would he need to worry about how much space his mp3’s take up?
And if he spends ~$80 on a 300gb hard drive it would save him ALL the work of recompressing those files.
Try thinking “outside the box” a little.
It isn’t only about the goal, but the reason for the goal.
Like I said, smaller fish or bigger aquarium?
Smaller mp3 files or larger hardrive.
Frankly I think with the current price of 160-500gb drives the drive would be far cheaper than the time that will be spent “shrinking” the files to be stored on smaller drives.
Of course he could like wasting time in frivolous exercises
in bit shuffling…
Frankly I couldn’t imagine what I’d fill a 60Gb HDD with… until I’d done it… my reponse was NOT to make smaller mp3s
it was to trot my flabby ass out to a local computer show
to buy a 160gb drive…
And to be honest I regret the $50 I spent on it, because I could have gotten a 300gb drive for $85
HDD space is cheap and has likely gotten cheaper in the time
I spent typing this reply.
Ahhh… I remember well my first 40mb HDD…