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Once I get my RAID0 setup going (4x500GB) I want to start re-ripping my CDs in FLAC. I use 320kbps MP3 right now if you care. I've checked around some torrent sites to see how big an average CD is (not downloading anything) and I've seen some 300MB on average...so I wanted to see how I could compress the albums I'm not currently using. Would making it into a RAR archive with the compression at highest quality even be worth the time?

Second...would I see any increase in quality if I convert said FLAC files to MP3 (for my iPhone) than if I ripped straight to MP3? 320kbps of course

Random question: why can't MP3 encode higher than 320kbps?

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Heyo,

Once I get my RAID0 setup going (4x500GB) I want to start re-ripping my CDs in FLAC. I use 320kbps MP3 right now if you care. I've checked around some torrent sites to see how big an average CD is (not downloading anything) and I've seen some 300MB on average...so I wanted to see how I could compress the albums I'm not currently using. Would making it into a RAR archive with the compression at highest quality even be worth the time?

Second...would I see any increase in quality if I convert said FLAC files to MP3 (for my iPhone) than if I ripped straight to MP3? 320kbps of course

Random question: why can't MP3 encode higher than 320kbps?

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First question: I don't have first hand experience so I can only say this from a mathematical perspective - the amount of compression you get depends on how the compression algorithm corresponds to the data pattern. To put it simply - try .rar, .zip, .tar, .z, and whatever other compression methods you can use to get it as small as possible. They don't all work the same.

Second question: No, you'd end up with the same quality. If not less due to some random bit change along the way.

Third question: Because the data has to be read in chunks to be compressed. I guess they could go a bit higher, but at a certain point it gets to where the compression algorithm becomes very inefficient. Not just because it gives a bigger file size, but because it doesn't scale in a linear fashion anymore.
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