And there inlays the problem. I don't have the storage space yet, and if the bitrate is going to be different depending on the complexity of the audio, simply doing a few albums might not be of much help to me. What I need to know is if there is a rule of thumb or something that will allow me to estimate how much space this project will take up.(Size of the equivalent uncompressed WAVs) / 2
They do support ALAC (Apple Lossless) though it is confusing because ALAC files have .M4a extensions just like the AAC files do. With dbPowerAmp it's easy enough to go from one to the other as you please.Your bone should be with Apple. I mean, they support AAC (the MP4 format designed to replace MP3), but not FLAC. Bah!
Well, first, FLAC is as good as having the CD. So I ripped all my CDs (actually to ALAC but they're interchangeable) and put them in storage. If I want to re-encode for my iPod, I have the lossless files which are as good as the CDs. Or I can listen to the original sources that are as good as listening to the original CD. (and yes I can hear the difference, I even listen to better-than-CD stuff and appreciate it).Why would anyone use FLAC? What's wrong with separate MP3s? [...] Unless you have few grand invested into your audio, you won't be able to tell the difference, and if someone is willing to spend a few grand on audio, they'd probably bought the real CD anyways.
True, true, but the iPod has become the defacto standard -- and it's easy to go back and forth to FLAC with dbPowerAmp. At least with the lossless formats there is no generational loss.Proprietary formats generally don't fare well in the long run. Though, apple has the installed user base to keep it alive, the trouble is going to be getting enough people in their user base to care enough about the quality of their music to use it. As things are now, people who are into music quality usually find non-apple products to meet their needs, so it's tough to say how the future of apple's lossless will be.
I've been using FLAC to rip my DVD-Audio collection which goes up to 192kHz in some cases (though it's more common at 96kHz). DVD-A Explorer FTW! FLAC also does multichannel (5.1).If you rip to FLAC from a CD, it's as good as a CD, but if you rip from a better source, it'll be, of course, better than the CD. A CD only goes up to 44.1 kHz (or is it 48 kHz) sampling rate, FLAC goes a lot higher and if you have a source of such quality, you will preserve it.
Thomas Dolby did this more than 10 years ago (I forget the name of the website, I think it's gone down). Various bands have experimented with it over the years -- Aerosmith released an album that had a few songs you could mix.I'm waiting for a format that would have the ability to separate instument tracks where you could turn down guitar track for example or have karaoke. I know it exists, from Japan I believe and they said the bitrate isnt even as high as expected.
I think technically vinyl is intended to be run through a standard equalization curve and not everybody does so...Why do ~all vinyl rips sound so grainy (distorted highs)? Is it a technological limitation of vinyl?
Well, first, to rip from a better source, you're talking about DVD-A, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.If you rip to FLAC from a CD, it's as good as a CD, but if you rip from a better source, it'll be, of course, better than the CD. A CD only goes up to 44.1 kHz (or is it 48 kHz) sampling rate, FLAC goes a lot higher and if you have a source of such quality, you will preserve it.
Too much to list here... Here's a list on Rapidshare...Oooh, I'd like to hear that. What you got?