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Author Topic: Split off from John's CD Storage - Ripping Recs  (Read 2415 times)
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« on: January 15, 2011, 06:39 AM »

. . . Better yet get a big external drive and get your PC interfaced to your TV/Stereo then digitize everything
Recommendations on software and settings for Ripping?

I am slowing making my way through my moving my CDs to Digital.  Every time I pull out a stack I ponder over what software to use to rip and what settings.  The last batch was with Windows Media Player at 256kps.  That is a jump from most of the previous batch using a much lower setting of either 128kps or 192.  As my MP3 players get larger I'm thinking better quality vs size.  Just got an iPhone so iTunes is on the PC for the first time.  Does it create a better quality file?

Everything so far is MP3 format so don't think I want to change from that now.

rip them all to a hard drive then throw away the media along with the jewel cases

Not expecting the license police to stop by BUT even after the CD is ripped don't I want to keep the original media since that is my legal right to have the ripped copy?

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 10:03 AM »

if you're talking about the process of building a digital library the best way (so far) is to use FLAC for your library and make a copy of that library in your device supported format, such as mp3.

the difference is FLAC is a lossless compression file format so you get a 1:1 copy of what's on the disc, meaning device formats can change or be upgraded and you don't have to re-rip the disc, just re-encode to the newer file format.

if you encode directly to mp3, regardless of rip settings, it's a lossy format, which doesn't represent the full information of the source disc.

so go lossless for your library, and lossy for convenient portability and playback.

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as for keeping your cd's once you've ripped them; you wouldn't throw out the picasso sketch just because you took a picture of it would you?

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 07:56 AM »

To be as legal as you can, yes you need to retain the original, still some gray areas in those laws.

I read a test on perceived sound quality while ripping my last batch (complete Beatles Remastered) and it found that the majority of people could not tell much if any difference above 128 so I went with 192 since it wasn't significantly larger then 128 but was significantly smaller then Windows Media Player's lossless alternatives. Of course using instuments to measure will show a big difference but I don't use ipods and earbuds and don't have my PC's interfaced to my entertainment center, if I did then I would probably look at a better alternative.

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011, 05:50 AM »

I have been using Roxio Creator 2010 pro, it lets me do just about whatever I need it to do, it has all I-Pod's settings, Plus I can convert to HD or even Blue-Ray, it also finds all media even if it is not formated to windows.

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