Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
With my speakers, I'd never notice a difference. They're the things Best Buy bundles at a discount when you get a new computer. However, I've never quite understood what the various compression terms means. Is there actually a noticeable difference for the various kinds of files and is it really worth ten times the drive space?
Back to the topic, yes HDDs aren't as durable due to the mechanical parts. And SSDs only have a finite number of writes. But you shouldn't reach that write limit nor should you get the click of death as long as you take care of the hardware and there aren't any defects. The big advantage that HDDs have is when it comes to failure since data can be recovered from the platters themselves (but it will cost a pretty penny or ten).
Lossy = the compression algorithm does not keep all the data. It removes data that it calculates to be not important. In case of music lossy compression, it might remove sound in frequencies that are not in the human hearing range.
Lossless = the original data is still be able to be derived. All lossless audio sound EXACTLY the same as the original (since 100% of data is there). The compression rate is of course lower than lossy.
The recoverable of SSDs vs HDDs is really moot though. How many people pay for recovery services? Any important data should NEVER rely on a single disk location in the first place.