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If I'm going to rip cd's to my computer, what file type should I rip them as? (mp3, wma, wav etc.) I want the best sound quality so when I later burn them to CD, they sound as good as possible. And, what program should I use?

Also, if i'm going to rip mp3's to put on a mp3 player, what program gives the best sounds quality after its ripped. I've used WMP and AudioGrabber before and I think AG is better, but is there and even better program out there?
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mp3 at 192kbps. Use Freerip or itunes to rip. Itunes does a great job at putting all the info into the ID3 tags.
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mp3 at 192kbps. Use Freerip or itunes to rip. Itunes does a great job at putting all the info into the ID3 tags.
What file format should I be ripping to my computer to get the best sound quality. In terms of this: just listening to it from the computer on a daily basis, and burning to CD later on. And maybe even converting (if its not) to mp3 to later put on a mp3 player. I guess my question is...what's the best sound format?
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AAC is really good if youre willing to use iTunes.
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post #5 of 13
Very true. It is a proprietary format though and may not play on other MP3 players.

I stick with MP3 mainly because it's a more universal format. Like Steps, I rip at 192kbps, for me it has a nice balance of compression and quality.
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post #6 of 13
i have a little hdd and I rip mine at 128
but I play it thru my stereo and my dads expensive surround and it sounds great
playing with equalizer helps too

theres hardly a difference from the 128 and the 192
basically unoticeable
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post #7 of 13
wrong-o mp3 @ 320kbps as that is true CD quality, you dont want to degrade your music do you? for this task i reccomend jet audio.
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If you want maximum usuability with programs, file naming tools and MP3 players, use MP3. The bit-rate doens't really make a difference, but 192 is great for size issuses and the quality is decent for most people. If you want a better quality, use WMA. WMA is a great sounding format. If you want to burn back to a CD, using Easy CD Creator is best. I have tried to use other CD burning software and not all decodes WMA to re-burn it to a CD, so just make sure you have a CD burning software that will.

AAC is great, but its protected music format by Apple. It won't play on a lot of different devices. I wouldn't use it unless you have an Ipod and you iTunes regularly.

The choice is yours, just weight want you want/need.

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Quote:
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wrong-o mp3 @ 320kbps as that is true CD quality, you dont want to degrade your music do you? for this task i reccomend jet audio.
Yeah but if you're putting it on a MP3 player you need the best quality with the smallest size and your ear wont distinguish much between 128/192/320. 128kb/s is the best all around size for music. If you have it on your computer than 320 is better because space doesnt matter.

I'f I had space for 100 songs or whatever I'd rather have 100 at 128 than 30 at 320
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post #10 of 13
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So WMA is the best format to rip to the computer for storage and/or burning? That will give the best sound possible? And MP3 is best at around 192Kbps? I've always ripped my mp3's at 192 just for space purposes on my mp3 player. Is it KBps or Kbps?

And, what programs does anyone suggest for ripping MP3's to put on an mp3 player? I've use audoigrabber and I like that you can normalize while it rips...but is there a better program?
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