I've got an old and temperamental MP3 player which doesn't deal well with MP3s that have fancy things like a variable bit rate.
Is there a command line tool for Mac or Linux that I could use to re-encode MP3s so they have a fixed bitrate?
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For Linux, consider FFmpeg -- ffmpeg.org/
For Windows, Linux or OSX, use lame -- http://lame.sourceforge.net/
Check out MP3Packer http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=32379 it can change files from vbr to cbr.