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Ripping to a lossy format looks like a misguided optimization, I think. The hard labor-part is the ripping: you only want to (have your nephew) rip your CDs once in a lifetime and never again, so you want to get the most out of that manual process. If you let EAC rip to FLAC you loose nothing and can always batch-encode all songs to MP3 with whatever lossy settings that suits you and your player. I've ripped my entire CD-collection to Flac and use dbpoweramp to batch-transcode it from FLAC to MP3 for storing on my iDevices and it works really great - the entire library can be converted completely unattended overnight. And if a better format comes along in 10 years I'll just convert to that. Sweet. Let's look a a few numbers, based on my own FLAC-converted CD-collection: My 517 CDs takes up 169 GB. That is 0.33 GB/CD. A new 2TB harddrive costs $120. That is $0,06/GB. This means that storing a CD as FLAC costs $0.02. That's 2 cents for each album. You're paying your nephew $1 per album just to rip it. Does it really make sense not to rip it in a lossless format that adds 2% to that price? (Disregarding the admittedly extra hassle of storing both an archived format and also eg an iPod-friendly mp3 format)
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2012 on The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment at Coding Horror
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