Hi, I want to make an mp3 library so that I can load up my ipod shuffle . The library I will be converting from contains about 400 Gb of mainly flac files with some ape,ogg and mp3. The converter I need must be able to accept the whole directory and must be able to copy the file and folder structure so that I end up with a replica of my main library but in the mp3 bitrate of my choice. Oh , and it must be free. Does anyone have a suitable suggestion because I have searched high and low without finding the ideal match to my requirements. A bit like trying to find a partner really ! Regards Alex.
Even converted, the Shuffle is only 2 gb, so you'd need to load a small bit at a time and delete the existing tracks before loading.
What I ended up doing is making separate plain-text lists (per genre) of my tracks after mass-converting them in Foobar2000. Then I run a simple DOS program that copies the target tracks (one genre) from the main folder into a temp folder, then I load the iPod from the temp folder.
I know that Foobar will read a folder and subfolders, but I believe the output at conversion time is to a single folder. But, if you were making MP3s and you point the conversion to the same folder you read from, maybe Foobar would copy to the same tree (but I doubt it.) Even if it did, writing to MP3 from an MP3 file of the same name would generate a Windows error.
I simplify my life by using text files, named as '.BAT' (batch) files, which can move masses of files around quickly, so I can work all files in one folder, then move certain files where they go (destination) after the work is done. All at the touch of one button.
Hi, Thanks for that reply dalethorn, I will take a look at Foobar to see what I can do. I have used Switch Sound File Converter before and that has an option to copy the folder structure of the source files. However the free version will not convert ape files, of which I have a number scattered about my library and so it was not ideal. Thanks again for your time.