Obviously it's lossless so I can backup my CD's in case I loose one, torch one, or someone decides to lift one. Better media player support than ape. Roughly the same file size as ape (half the size of wav files). I've got slow cd/dvd drives so I can convert to wma as fast as my drive can read the files.
I only use Monkeys Audio. The main reason I is for tagging. Otherwise I would use no compression. I just hate the limited tagging of wav files. And, what the hell, I'll take the extra 33% of hard drive space that Monkey gives me.
I use WMA9 Lossless for my HTPC and I use MP3 for my Nomad Jukebox 3 on the --alt-preset standard setting in lame.
I'm having problems with getting the WM9 command line encoder to work on a folder of files however and that is really annoying me at this point since the batch converter that I have tags in the wrong bitrate entirely which is also annoying.
I agree totally that we no longer need to have lossy audio on our computers. Drives are so much cheaper, and with USB/Firewire drives becoming much more affordable, why give up the quality? There is no compressed format that will compare to lossy.
But for Nomad's, MP3 is the way to go. Many swear by WMA, and I have not doubt it is more effiecient, but I can get just about every CD I own or would WANT to own on a Nomad 40gig. In fact, having that much music can make navigation a real chore.
yeah i just read that it was 128kbps which isn't exactly 256kbps mp3. more like 170kbps. but it's i'm guessing it's vbr which would certainly make it better than 99.9% of the songs that get swaped over kazaa.
I ended up choosing Ogg Vorbis to rip my collection of 300+ CDs. It seemed to get better quality than MP3 for the same size file, and I like the idea of using an open standard which is fairly well supported on both Linux and Windows.
It sounds like some of the new Microsoft codecs are technically superior choices (both audio and video), but I have a problem commiting to something that has such a stranglehold on licensing for applications that can process it's content.
Maybe I'm wrong, is WMA or the new media player content playable on any OS besides windows?
There will be an iTunes for PC coming out late this year according to an Interview with Steve Jobs on Fortune.com.
I look forward to this service taking off. It'll augment my collection well as I plan on trying to move to SACD/DVDA for "physical" purchases and downloads for songs that aren't necesarily the best format for High Rez.
Hey I'd love to see Apple eventually start offering Multichannel AAC files this would give the service a leg up on MP3 which will never be multichannel I believe.
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