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Old 23rd February 2014, 21:40   #109
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MP3 and AAC encoding is not free, sure there's certain levels which prevent having to necessarily pay it (assuming that the program has declared it's usage of such aspects), but Winamp is too well known and so has to cover such costs somehow (irrespective of the library being used e.g. MP3 encoding is done using LAME which the code is free, but that is not the same as encoding licensing). and the FhG AAC encoder was viewed as one of the better ones when it was last publically tested (should be easy enough to find that article).
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