View Full Version : Format Quandry

Christian Pernegger
2005-03-03, 11:47
>I want uncompressed music for my system, but need
>light-weight versions for the kidsí wireless connections
>and iPods. The simple iTunes interface works for me.
>For now Iím using it to rip to wav, and then exporting
>the wav to aac in a parallel library that the kids use.
>Itís clunky to maintain both with iTunes, and space is
>becoming an issue. Iíd love to rip to a compressed
>lossless format with iTunesÖ and have it work with
>both slimserver (on the linkstation) and iTunes. I
>know that ainít an option.

iTunes is a burst-mode ripper, meaning it's fast but
will most likely not give you exact data that's on the CD.

The generally agreed upon ripping program for Windows
seems to be EAC (http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/),
which has to be setup specially for your drive but will
give perfect data. See the forums at the above page
and maybe at http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/ (The
leading forum for audio compression issues)

I recommend ripping to .flac with EAC and transcode
from there to .mp3 using the LAME encoder. The
..flac+.mp3 versions should not take more space than
the .wavs you have currently.

For transcoding and tagging I use foobar2000 but
it's not for everyone.