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Re: Suggestions for cd ripper...mp3 or wav?

R. G. Newbury wrote:
I'm looking for suggestions for software to rip CD's..
I'm also looking for comments on the relative advantages of ripping to mp3 versus wav files and the 'best' software to play those files back from the harddrive. I am presently using aplay in a for loop script but I need something better. My present wav files were ripped with cdda2wav under OS/2. what is the equivalent for linux/Fedora?
Suggestions please.

R. Geoffrey Newbury Helping with the HTTP issue
<a href="http://www.w3.org/Protocols/";>HTTP</a>(I believe - on home computer)

If you have the disk space, use wav as it provides a true copy of the original. Next use flac as it is a lossless format and provides a decent way to backup your music without losing any quality. You can rebuild your CD's from the flac files. Mp3's are a lossy format. Ogg is a lossy format.

I use Grip to rip to flac. I rip to flac for use on my computers. I don't lose any of the quality or get compression distortion that I always end up with when using mp3 and depending on the song, with ogg as well.

My iRiver plays ogg files so when I want to use the file on my iRiver, I use soundconverter to change from flac to ogg. I always use the best quality as I cannot stand distortion. I can also use soundconverter to make mp3's for those times that I need to.

One song that I have never gotten a good compressed rip of is "Stairway to Heaven" and I am still trying.

Robin Laing

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