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Old 02-04-04, 01:20 PM
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What is your preferred sound file format, codec, bitrate, ripper, etc?

Just curious as to what everyone likes to rip their music into.

I still prefer mp3 format, due to its ability to be played on pretty much everything (unlike wma, aac, ogg, etc).

Lately I've been using EAC for ripping and encoding, with the Lame codec, into High Quality VBR.

I still mainly use WinAmp for playback.

So, what do you use, and why? (I'm always looking for improvements on my setup).
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I still rip everything with EAC and use lame with the
Code:
--alt preset standard
parameter.

I only have mp3s and while some other formats may sound better, or be smaller, or whatever, I want all my files to be the same.

I used to run Winamp up until version 3 was released, but after seeing how awful it was, I ended up switching to Foobar2000. It's a lot faster than Winamp, and uses a lot less resources, which is especially good on older systems. The app itself is very basic, focusing on performance and playback rather than style, but you can change the way it looks via formatting strings.
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I also use eac / lame combo with the alt present standard option. I do not my computer much for listening. I use a Creative Zen Xtra and an audiotron. It works for me. I agree with you sizdawn about mp3 being the most useful codex because of its exceptance.
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iTunes, 192, MP3.
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MP3: EAC / Lame --aps

Sometimes OGG.
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MP3 320bit
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44.1 KHz wav files.
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Wave files, if it is something I encoded myself.

At least 192 KBPS MP3's for downloads, with broadband more comon, it's easy to get at least that bitrate.

I still use Winamp, the latest 2.9 version. It's small profile, easy to make skins, and the thousands of plug ins available make it the best mp3 player. And from what I know, it can play even every video file I throw at it, something the other programs can't do.
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44.1 KHz wav files.
and lots of storage space. x, have you tried flac?
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Mp3 ... EAC/Lame using WinMediaPlayer (don't know which version ... yeah, I know - there are probably better ones out there but i'm not that much of an enthusiast ... yet)
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mostly FLAC now.. some SHN...
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LAME encoded VBR mp3s for my car. SHN and FLAC for my live music. I use a pre3 Winamp for listening on my PC.
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Tried some FLAC, but still sticking with -alt preset extreme for most of my ripping.
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Use EAC for ripping to mp3 and flac. Thanks to a program called MAREO I can do both operations and just rip the CD once. I like the mp3 format for its compatibility (plus I can CD's into it's own file) and flac for when I want to recreate a CD later without having to break out the original CD.
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Media Player 9, wma, VBR
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Originally posted by Shay
and lots of storage space. x, have you tried flac?
No, nor monkey's audio. I have plenty of storage so 50% compression doesn't really mean that much to me.

I also have no desire to have to add codecs to whatever player happens to be used on the network nor do I want to be constrained to use only players supporting a particular codec. When I want to burn a CD to play in the car or in a standalone player I don't have to go through any decompression gyrations either.
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PC: EAC + Lame. 192 CBR MP3. WinAmp.

Mac: iTunes. 192 AAC. iTunes.
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Okay, I've been playing around with FLAC on a couple albums, and I like it so far, but I have a question... If it is a lossless codec, why is there a Quality --- Speed slider? If it always creates a lossless output, what does the quality setting do?
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EAC with LAME. VBR.
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Anyone have a good howto for lame? I would like to rip some cd's in 256 bitrate but I haven't been successfull.
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VBR MP3 still ripping with musicmatch don't plan to change.

Listen with Itunes.
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EAC, LAME, VBR -alt-preset-extreme
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EAC with RazorLAME VBR 192-320. I used to just do everything at 320, but was running out of space on the 40 gig ipod too quick.
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I use iTunes and make 128kbps MP3 files.
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Everyone here using EAC 0.95 beta?

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