N/APosted on - 09/23/2014
I have been wanting to rip my CD library for ages but, since it is quite extensive, I would like to do it once and for all. I have been procrastinating because I cannot seem to decide on the best storage format. I do not want to lose the quality of the sound to compression, but storage memory space is also an issue.
What would be the best solution for this situation?
What is the best format to store my music?
Conversion of Analog Sound to Digital sound involves a process called sampling. In which the samples are taken at regular intervals to digitize the audio. Keeping the technicalities to a minimum, we can say that more the number of samples, the less is the error in the music reproduced. Now here is the difficult part, more number of samples translates to more data. So it is always a compromise between quality and size. But there is more to it. The quality of sound is merely not a function of the number of samples, but also depends upon many other factors such as the Recording Studio, the Artists, Your own Audio Player, etc. Lastly the ability of our ear to understand the fine differences should not be ruled out.
Going by the above discussion, I would suggest the following :
(a) Rip your favorite song in different formats.
(b) Listen to each one of them on all possible platforms (this is the toughest part)
(c) If you are able to differentiate the quality of the audio files, then you can choose the best, if not, take the middle path where the quality and disk size match. This would be the most ideal solution for you.