Flipping To FLAC
I’ve been mulling over this for a while now, but I’ve decided to take the plunge and start encoding my rips as FLACs rather than MP3s. It’s the best way of ensuring as flawless a copy as possible of the original source (within the restrictions of the kit I use). With a FLAC file you’re getting the full package, without the audio compression you get from MP3s. FLAC files can be converted back to WAV files (for burning CDs) to give you a perfect copy of the original audio. What’s more, you can compress FLACs to MP3s if you want smaller files for your pocket player, just as you would a normal CD.
The big drawback with FLAC files is their size – although they’re about 30% smaller than WAV files, they’re also around 4 times as big as MP3s. It’s worth the ‘trade-off’ when you play the music back on anything half-decent.
And not all audio players can handle FLAC files. Audacious and similar will do the job on Linux, while Foobar2000 is perfect for Windows users (and much better than pretty much any other audio player for that OS).
If you can’t work it out, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help.