Try Foobar or Omni Encoder.
For these reasons and others, I figured I'd ask the folks here what a good answer might be? I'm looking to use a format that serves an a good archive backup of my large CD collection. I don't want to rip to MP3 and forever be stuck with a library of less-than-optimal music. Should I desire to go back to full fidelity, I'd like that option. I'd like a solution that works with a decent array of hardware and software.
I like syncing my library to the 3 or 4 different players we have in the house, all with different formats and quality levels (however, this too is buggy in db). I like that it so easily converts anything to anything.
Lastly, is anyone aware of a really impressive playlist editor? I have several thousand songs (and I've yet to rip entire CD's as for now I've stuck just with the songs I care about most) and I'd like to be able to quickly and easily create an array of playlists for every occasion (APE format even limits me there). I'd like to be able to have any song belong to many types but without my having to manually place it in 100 different lists. It'd be great to be able to take a single song and define its types in one pass (it's upbeat, dance, rock, happy, My Favorite, Wife's Favorite, etc.) and then just create the lists based on those tags.
Boy there's some bad news.I looked at FLAC at the time but the dbpowerAMP author suggested APE was better. Easy enough to change thankfully.
Understand also that spoon is currently in "finishing off a release" mode, so he's not going to be spending time making changes to 11.5. I'd suggest withholding judgement, at least one more time, until v12 (or perhaps v12.0.1, heh) is finalized and released.
Plus the idea that MS can make WMA work fine but Spoon can't?
I don't think I would have recommended Ape over FLAC, there is not much between them (although I personally prefer ape-apev2 tags at the end of the file, as opposed to flac / ogg at the beginning).
I am about to re-rip my entire collection (with AccurateRip, Album Art and R12) and am moving from ape to wavpack.
WMA lossless has no error recovery or detection AFAIK (try to corrupt a wma file by writing bad data into the middle, no program as I am aware can detect this error).
QuoteWMA lossless has no error recovery or detection AFAIK (try to corrupt a wma file by writing bad data into the middle, no program as I am aware can detect this error).Yeah, expect that we all know that since it's MS, it gets nearly universal support with mainstream solutions providers. <grin> Damn them!
Not really. MS hasn't really promoted their lossless technology that much, and so extensive hardware support for it is lacking. Ironically, the lossless codec with the most standalone hardware support is FLAC by far.
However, what I talked about was its support with mainstream solutions providers. That includes software and all the mainstream players, and most of the minor ones, support it. Xbox and Xbox 360 support it. Several of the hardware streaming products support it.
Quote from: LANjackal on 29 December, 2006, 01:28:41 AMNot really. MS hasn't really promoted their lossless technology that much, and so extensive hardware support for it is lacking. Ironically, the lossless codec with the most standalone hardware support is FLAC by far.We're not talking apples-to-apples there. If we wanted to compare raw sales I could make the argument that Apple Lossless has the widest support by virtual of iPod's success.However, what I talked about was its support with mainstream solutions providers. That includes software and all the mainstream players, and most of the minor ones, support it. Xbox and Xbox 360 support it. Several of the hardware streaming products support it.
I've ripped thousands of CD's - first to LAME mp3, and now (later & wiser) to FLAC. I have never had a single missing tag - not even one.
I'm faced with the same choice: I use iPods and AirTunes, neither of which supports FLAC. So, if Apple does not introduce the rumored FLAC support later this month, I will clean up my FLAC tags, archive them to external disks, and then run a converting app to change the FLAC's into Apple Lossless.
I guess what I'm saying is this - rather than be dogmatic about a single format, take a long view.
Media Monkey can manage it all.
QuoteMedia Monkey can manage it all.Where'd that one even come from? Snuck up on me. It's a pretty nice tool. I think I'll be registering it shortly.
BTW, regarding these DirectShow Filters, there's still one hurdle. Does anyone know how to get Media Player to not just play songs via this but to allow them to add files of the filtered format type into its library? Without that, there's no way to play them on the Xbox 360.