Not that I think there's too much good to be said for the Shorten format, but in the naime of fairness, setting "hardware support" to "yes" for WavPack and "no" for Shorten in the table isn't (quite fair).
It'd be great if the table mentions whether the format supports Embedded Cue Sheet.
... FLAC is the best format for compatiblity and long term storage... Anyone have a different opinion? ...
I shouldn't have written about error recovery but about error robustness as Fandango did, cause errors aren't recovered with FLAC. The effect of an error is just more local using FLAC.
I wonder what's the point of good error robustness anyway... I mean if the lossless audio file was damaged, then it's not lossless anymore.The only practical way to make archiving really error robust is to use external error recovery systems like PAR2 or similar.
... That's the point of archiving: protecting your precious data so that you can recover as much as possible should a catastrophe happen. ...
Right, but in the catastrophy case (broken backup medium or so)
[Catastrophy could also be a CD scratch, specially when you use Monkey's... :B
As always, everything depends on what you expect. If your only concern is a tiny DVD scratch you are right.But if you are thinking about a scratch all over a DVD things are different similar to the case when the DVD isn't readable at all.A broken medium doesn't make the archiver happy, no matter whether using Monkey or FLAC.
yada yada. I don't know about you, but I never managed to accidentaly break a CD or DVD in two. Scratching, OTOH, is pretty much trivial.
I use MAC -c3000 which, like flac, can decode through errors (though how important is this really when you legally own the rights to your music?).
And for those who feel that one should consider both compression and speed, MAC -c3000 encodes *much* faster than flac when it is set to encode at a compression ratio that is competitive.
When using -c2000, the compression ratios are usually still better than anything flac can deliver AND the decoding speed is more comprable.
But I don't feel like getting into it with you today guruboolez.
I forget that in some places it is ok to have a lossles copy of a disc that you never purchased.
I thought you were above playing the troll, Roberto.
I hope you still don't think that MAC can't decode through errors as your table suggests.
haha, look who's speaking!
I did several tests, documented them and released the results. Where are your tests?
I suppose you didn't try a file compressed using the High setting using Winamp's Disc Writer?