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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Better sound in CD ripping

A major advantage of the MP3 format is that songs can be compressed into smaller files that take up less room on your hard drive or portable music player.
For example, a CD track that normally takes about 40MB of space can be compressed into an MP3 file of about 4MB, making it possible to carry around hundreds of albums on a portable music player or squirrel them away on a computer without maxing out the hard drive.
The downside to this compression process is that the sound fidelity of the original music file is compromised as some of the audio data is discarded when the file is converted to MP3 or another compressed format like
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding).
Encoding CD tracks in formats that do not use this compression (like WAV or AIFF) with your audio player’s music-management software usually makes for better-sounding songs, but you will have larger files that may drain your portable player’s battery more quickly.
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iPod player and iTunes software can also encode songs in a format called Apple Lossless, which is said to offer CD-quality music in abut half the storage space needed by an uncompressed file.

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