I've always used WinLame to encode MP3's, but lately (since downloading and installing the prerelease 2) it's been acting really buggy. For single files it's great, but I decided to take all the files off my IPOD and recode them to a lower bitrate to save some space. To start with I tried to load all 200 or so files into WinLame at once and do on big batch conversion, but it errored out when I clicked "open" from the browse menu and I had to close/reopen the program. Next I tried about a third of the files and it opened those and encoded them with no problem. Since that first batch, it seems to have a mind of it's own as to how many files it will let me encode at once. Sometimes it'll allow 20 or 30 and sometimes is won't allow but 1 or 2. Most every time I try to encode multiple files it just craps out and gives me generic "winLAME has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience" and I have to close and try it again with fewer files. Anybody know what the problem could be or can you suggest a good encoder that doesn't have a problem with doing batches of files at once?