Audacity cannot encode MP3 files by itself, because the MP3 encoding algorithm is
patented and cannot legally be used in free programs. However, Audacity has been
programmed to recognize other existing MP3 encoders that you can download separately.
All you have to do is obtain the appropriate MP3 encoder for your computer and then show
Audacity where it is located.
For links to these MP3 encoders, go to the Audacity web page (http://audacity.sourceforge.
net/) and go to the page for your operating system.
||You need to...
||Download LAME and look for the file called lame_enc.dll
||Download LAME and compile it as a shared object, then look for the file called
||Download LAMELib (see our website for more info).
The first time you try to export an MP3 file, Audacity will ask you to locate your MP3
encoder. Locate the file indicated above. From then on, Audacity will not need to ask you
again and you will be able to export MP3 files easily.