Ubuntu 10.10, convert amr to mp3 using ffmpeg

In order to convert amr audio files to mp3 (or wav/ogg), one way is to use ffmpeg in combination with the lame encoder.

The easy way is to use synaptic, enable multiverse repositories, then install ffmpeg package and the ubuntu-restricted-extras package which will install a working lame encoder along with other “goodies” like Microsoft core fonts, unrar and various useful audio codecs and related apps. Be aware that installing lame with:

sudo apt-get install lame

didn’t work, the ffmpeg complaining about a non-existent mp3 encoder (lame).

I have converted an amr to mp3 file using (in terminal):

ffmpeg -i input_file.amr output_file.mp3
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