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Unread 07-08-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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Lossless music storage

I have hundreds of CDs. I want to save copies of all my CDs in a lossless format on an external drive (via USB port).

I have the hardware. I use iTunes. I'm concerned about using Apples lossless format. The sound quality seems excellent, but I don't want to potentially limit myself by using a proprietary format.

Any suggestions on how to proceed? Is there some inexpensive (like free) software that would ease my task?

Eventually, I will connect my computer to my main sound system for music file playback. I will also use the lossless copies to make compressed copies for my iPod - until I have one with so much memory that I'll just use the uncompressed files.

I'm mostly dissatisfied with compressed MP3 formats. I think they sound inferior - especially in the higher frequencies.
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Unread 07-08-2008, 06:58 PM   #2
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Dan,
Ask and ye shall receive. Check out FLAC, it is an open source (free) lossless codec...

http://flac.sourceforge.net/
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BTW - I use Winamp Pro, paid for it once a couple of years ago and keep upgrading to the latest version for free. It has support for FLAC encoding and playback.
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Thanks for the FLAC link. I might just give that a try with another download of Winamp Pro.

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Just remember - using a lossless codec means your file sizes will be much larger than if you used a lossy codec like mp3. FLAC does compress the audio but not nearly as much. You will need 300MB-500MB per CD. For Dan's 200 CD collection he'd need approximately 80GB of space.
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Yep. I've got a 500G external drive.
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