October 21, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Well, I'm back from beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I had an
incredible time, and I'm all refreshed and ready to get back down
to business again! When I get caught up with everything, I'll
share with you some of my family vacation photos, but for now,
let's tackle Ed's question on digitizing his CD collection.
For this week's question, there is no right or wrong answer, as
there are an overabundance of ways to rip or digitize CDs to the
computer. And with so many formats to choose from, it really
boils down to a matter of personal preference and what quality
you would like for your music. There were many detailed answers
submitted by our members; they ranged from personally recommended
ripping utilities to what members personally do to get their
music collections organized. So please check them all out. To get
you started off on the topic, here's Scott's winning answer. This
topic is open for discussion, so if any of you audiophiles would
like to chime and add to these answers and help Ed and others out
with this topic, please come on down and join us in this week's
discussion. Have a great weekend, and thank you for your
Member Question of the Week
I finally decided to digitize my huge CD collection, but I need a
little guidance. What do you think is the best format to rip CDs
(MP3, MP4, WAV, and so forth), what's a reasonable capture
setting (I don't have a huge hard drive, so I can't go too high
end), and what software would you suggest for not only ripping,
but organizing and playing my music?
There are several formats that digital audio tracks can be
encoded into. First, let's get some terminology straight. When
you say "ripping," what you are doing is extracting the digital audio
contents of a CD onto a computer into WAV format. WAV is an
uncompressed file format. It is also considered the closest match
to CD quality.
Now, let's introduce you to the term "encoding." Encoding is the
term used for converting an uncompressed WAV file into a
compressed format. Common compressed formats are...
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