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Ripping to FLAC

2010-01-05 18:56:22.731993+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

With Charlene out of town for two months, I figure this may be my chance to re-rip all the CDs to FLAC and get us switched over to the Chumby as a player. So yesterday I went poking around for the easiest way to rip. The fastest machine here is a Windows Vista 64 box, it looked like the best way to do this was with WinAmp Pro, so I laid down my $20, got my download and my license key, copied and pasted same into the license box, and got...

"Invalid Registration Key"

So I sent off a support request and haven't heard back yet. Which leads to two questions:

  1. What's the easiest way to rip CDs to FLAC?
  2. Am I just as well off with 384k MP3s?

(Yeah, I know, I'd do Ogg Vorbis, but then I'd still end up transcoding them to something else and it'd all be a royal pain in the tuchus.)

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comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-07 07:04:26.592858+00 by: Gert


#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-07 05:32:49.229097+00 by: Dan Lyke

Given that nowadays I generally listen to music from the other room while I'm doing something else, or on the earplugs while I'm in the shop (and then, if it's music, it's probably something like Coverville), I went with 384k MP3s and will stuff the two boxes in the attic for a year or two. Copying 33.4GB from the ripping machine to the server now.

However I didn't stand in the front row of nearly enough punk shows, because the flyback transformers on CRTs still drive me nuts...

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-07 01:38:34.054748+00 by: TC

We went with 384k MP3 because they sound good enough and everything understands MP3 and when the next BIG format comes along there will most certainly be an easy transition tool to deal with our server library

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 05:53:20.776174+00 by: hananc

I use Jetaudio for all my listening and ripping.

The free "basic" version is very good


#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-06 04:12:09.482307+00 by: John Anderson

I was re-ripping everything to FLAC while fixing metadata, but dealing the transcoding required to get portable device playback was way too big a PITA, so I'm back to high bitrate MP3s. Standing up front at punk shows in your youth is just another way of saying no audio quality left to lose...

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-05 22:47:01.937161+00 by: ebradway

I like MediaMonkey. The free version does FLAC and OGG just fine. You can also plug in LAME manually to get 384K MP3s without buying the full version.

I recently tested some music in MP3, OGG and FLAC. I could actually detect a slight difference with the MP3s. They sounded "noisier". But I couldn't tell a difference between OGG and FLAC. But that may have been the music I was using for the test (2112 by Rush).

I played back all three versions on both my Sansa c250 running RockBox and through my desktop. The differences were less noticeable on the Sansa.

The other nice thing about MediaMonkey is you can configure it to automatically transcode while syncing to external devices.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-05 21:10:49.287185+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think my answer is 384k mp3 and don't worry about it. Thanks.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-01-05 20:25:26.80519+00 by: m

384kb mp3s and 256kb oggs are CD equivalent for me. If you want to know for sure, test a couple of compressed files against the originals on CD. Test CDs are available, but I suspect samples of your favorite music types would be better.