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EDIT: I'm using 16384 kb of padding with flac. Could you tell me if there's a limit for padding? I thought I read once 16 or 32 Kb as limit, but I didn't found the information again.
This standards war is already being fought out by Microsoft and Apple, two formidable players.
I find the emphasis on speed and compression somewhat odd, given the difference between the two seem pretty insignificant. Looking 5 years ahead, storage prices will be cheap enough to hold all your music in lossless format (in which case, why even have lossy?). The more important issue to me is a standards setting issue. - Will there be devices to support it on your home stereo?- Is the format supported by a portable player? Car?- Can you purchase music in that format?This standards war is already being fought out by Microsoft and Apple, two formidable players. I just hope that some non-drm technology will be available as well. But this will happen only if there is a big enough market for the lossless format, whether that be FLAC or WavPack. So right now, I believe FLAC is better in each of the departments above, so I use FLAC. If it ain't, someone let me know before I finish burning all my CD's to FLAC.
Can you purchase music in that format?
Is it pretty easy to convert from FLAC to Wavpack or vice versa or do you require to decode back to WAV first? Any programs that automate this process?
Is it pretty easy to convert from FLAC to Wavpack or vice versa or do you require to decode back to WAV first? Any programs that automate this process?A painless switch is always good when you are doing GIGs of data!
... but by far the easiest way would be foobar (or dbPowerAmp which I don't use), as it will copy over the tags at the same time. foobar would pipe to the encoder, so no temporary WAVE file required.
for %%i in (*.wv) do "C:\Program Files\WavPack\wvunpack.exe" "%%i" -dclsfor %%i in (*.flac) do "C:\Program Files\FLAC\flac.exe" "%%i" -d --delete-input-fileclsfor %%i in (*.ape) do "C:\Program Files\Monkey's Audio\mac.exe" "%%i" "%%i.wav" -ddel "%%i"clsfor %%i in (*.wav) do "C:\Program Files\WavPack\wavpack.exe" -h -m -w -d "CUESHEET=@*.cue" "%%i"
I use WavPack.(Yes I like the red foobar2000 wv icon)Unfortunately, I'm quite unhappy when I use Linux. There are few options then.Basically I just dislike XMMS.Quod Libet is a really nice piece of program but just refuses to play some of my wv files while other just play fine. Me being blind or something?
Hi, the problem I mentionned is maybe a consequence of a bad support of padding in several application. It was the case in the past at least. For example, it's only after I complained about it three years ago that Case introduced padding support in the dedicated diskwriter component of foobar2000.I complained for another reason: I was used to add several tagging fields inside lossless encodings. In a not-so-old past, my favorite hobby was to add EAC's extraction log file as a dedicated field. Nonetheless, as I reported it in fb2k forum 2 days ago, there's a common (I'd say) situation where 4Kb is not enough: it's flac+cue situation in where one single file must endure the charge of information usually splitted in multiple tracks.