Winamp seems to play the files fine, but it's just when I burn them and create an Audio CD is where the problem arises. Let me listen again to MP3 files that I know have encoder delay, etc. in Winamp tonight to make sure about that though. I'm still using Nero 6, but I doubt that's the problem.
EDIT: yes, you're right. The WAVs from Dark Side play fine in Winamp, but the MP3s I created from Audiograbber (set for 256kbit/s, joint stereo, normal quality, Lame) have a very slight glitch and it is most evident between tracks 1-2, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 and 8-9. The only thing I see extra in Winamp info is header at 242 bytes, but no other extra stuff. I know Winamp plays some MP3s all the way through without problems, so I wonder why this messes up. Hmmmmmmm..........
For instance, Rush - Different Stages LIVE has two songs that followed each other in the actual concert (Dreamline and Limelight, songs 1 and 2 on Disc 1-set one) and no pause at all between the MP3 tracks in Winamp. These have header, encoder delay and zero padding set at 2322 bytes, 576 and 1284/1872 (1284 for Dreamline and 1872 for Limelight), respectively.
This is interesting (read Part3: Audio, LayerIII/MP3): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-1
EDIT AGAIN: I'll get back to this once "real life" crap stops delaying me.
Funny I did a search for threads I started here and I asked some of the same questions 3-4 years ago.....hmmmmmm........last time I just wrote it off as a problem but this time I probed further and now know why it happens.
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