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Windows 7: WMA & mp3

13 Jul 2010   #1
falcons88

Windows 7
 
 
WMA & mp3

I am putting a lot of music on my hard drive. I really don't know if I should rip them as both wma and mp3 (which will take longer) or just download as one format. Not everything I own plays mp3 format. And also what about the bit rate. Should I always do best quality?

Any suggestions?


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13 Jul 2010   #2
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well wma will get you better compression at equal audio quality, mp3 is still THE universal format :/

So I still rip my music to 320VBR the highest bitrate and quality for mp3. And really it's pretty amazingly good quality. I did some side by side tests long ago and was not able to tell the differences (And I have a GOOD stereo system).

You may find yourself re-compressing to lower bitrates to pack onto an mp3 player though, but at least your masters are at high quality.

Also, HD space ois so vast these days, you might want to consoider merely storing at raw uncompressed wav files for your main use, 100% perfect quality, then compress to mp3 to put onto players as needed...

There are also some other lossless codecs out there that can save some space with no sacrifice in quality but they have even lesser compatibility than the above.
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13 Jul 2010   #3
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by falcons88 View Post
I am putting a lot of music on my hard drive. I really don't know if I should rip them as both wma and mp3 (which will take longer) or just download as one format. Not everything I own plays mp3 format. And also what about the bit rate. Should I always do best quality?

Any suggestions?
I think mp3 plays on everything....it's certainly more universal than wma is.

Most of us who are serious about our music rip to a lossless format, such as FLAC, and keep it on our hard drive, plus on an external hard drive as well, just in case. From there, you can do conversions of it to mp3 at different bitrates, and determine what size still sounds good to you, and then put that size on your portable players.

If I listen on my computer, I listen to the FLACs, but I use either mp3 or wma on my portable players.

Of course, another question is, what are you using to rip your CD's with?
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