Nice guide 'locke.
Being a heavy supporter of FLAC and EAC, I might add this little tidbit -
|Buy the standard cd's and rip them yourself using Exact Audio Copy.
It's absurdly simple to setup and begin ripping if you use this guide.
It took me literally 5 minutes to get EAC setup for compressing to FLAC using this guide.
As for the difference between lossy and lossless, it is very much dependent on the listener and the equipment being used. With my soundcard/speakers, the format was irrelevant. With my DAC/amp/headphones, I ended up ignoring the large portion of my collection that was ripped in lossy. The improved transparency/detail was rather astounding. It is unfortunate that lossy has become such a popular medium for music, when it is generally rubbish compared to lossless redbooks and vinyl.Edited by Aura - 5/13/08 at 1:15pm