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  dBpowerAMP - the swiss army knife of music converters
Over the past few years, whenever someone asked me how to convert music file formats, I always referred them to dBpowerAMP. I recieved some bad news this week. It seems dBpowerAMP's music converter is no longer completely free. I saw that they now offer the mp3 codec on a trial license because of legal reasons. Never fear! I have found a link to the older completely free version. So go get it now, I don't know how much longer the link to this freeware version will last.
Update: The LastFreewareVersion website has now hosted this version of dBpowerAmp so you can always find it. Thanks mdm.

Website - Download - Freeware (now becoming Trialware)

Quote from the website -
*Rip digitally sound from Audio CDs  and store in a multitude of formats, dMC is the Fastest CD Ripper and now AccurateRip Compatible
*Convert from one format to another, just about every audio type is supported: mp3, mp4, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC and many others [Codec downloads], whilst preserving ID Tags,
*Volume Normalize audio files,
*Windows Explorer Integration - right click Convert To & popup useful information on audio files (such as bitrate, length). 
*ID tag editing [Power Pack Option],
*Record from LPs or anything [optional Auxiliary Input install],
*Fully compatible with Windows 95/98/ME NT4/2000, Windows XP and Linux (using Wine).
*100% Free (mp3 encoder on trial license), No nags, popups, hidden spyware or bundleware.
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