Originally Posted by RAMBO180
theres also wav losless(600 HUGE!!) and mp3.. im confused. how can mathematically lossless 'wmp losless' have a smaller file size when it contains everthing?
which is better, i just want perfect audio quality.
think of it as a zip for music. Zipped files (binaries) are much smaller than originals and "contain everything" too.
For lossy compression you are stuck with whatever your player supports.
AAC is very good and so is WMA PRO (but only PRO not regular WAM).
mp3 is not the best option, pretty much a legacy codec, popular becasue it is so widespread. I usually strongly support ogg but doubt your player plays ogg files.
I am using WMA Lossless for lossless since my stationary DAP supports it but since it is so easy to trancode between lossless codes (check foobar2000 for that task) I am a big fan of each and every lossless codec
Notably Monkey and Flac being the most popular out there, however WMA Lossless support is included with each and every current Windows version so almost every PC in the world can play it and WM 10 and 11 can even rip straight to WMA Lossless
For ripping couple of freebies that are better than any paid soft out there:
tagging: mp3tag (supports more than MP3s: flac, ape, wma, aac etc)
PC playing/transcoding: foobar2000