Depends on what player you use; whether it's something l33t like foobar or noobTunes.
... single files. It's still easy to play single files in album format (and do so gaplessly, if that's a reason you were thinking of going to single-album files). And you can also shuffle tracks, create playlists independent of album, etc.
If the purpose is exclusively archiving your CDs then it doesn't really matter which method you use.
But consider the various things you might want to do with your encoded audio now, and also consider what you might come to want in the future.
1: listening2: transferring to portable audio player3: transferring to home audio player4: transcoding5: streaming (home music server, web streaming etc)6: burning CD7: burning compilation CD8: mixing/sampling9: share/copy music with your family/friends
With cue+files you can do anything that can be done with cue+image but the reverse isn't true without some extra work.
... unless your aim is definitely only archiving and you are certain this will not change.
You can't edit after an hour, sorry.
that's a pity, because there are types of discussion which require editing the OP. This is thread is an example. There are multiple other cases (e.g. guy posts free audio tool here and wants to post updates or new download link to the OP, etc.)
I use separate files for all my albums.This allows me to easily create my own compilations of music, picking and choosing individual tracks as I wish.
......I'm not sure if I understand the premise. Yes, I want to archive my CDs (i.e. store them in lossless format on my HDD), but not "exclusively", as I collect music from other sources, too.1: YES5+8: no2+3+4+6+7+9: Yes, but I don't mind converting at all in these types of situation. I prefer a good solution for (1) (listening) and collecting my music and I'm ready to pay the price in terms of possible inconveniences for 2/3/4/6/7/9....................................
@greynol: thank you for the link and explanation.Quote from: WonderSlug on 07 February, 2010, 01:32:01 PMI use separate files for all my albums.This allows me to easily create my own compilations of music, picking and choosing individual tracks as I wish. cue sheet => songs added to player's media library => "easily create my own compilations of music, picking and choosing individual tracks as I wish"
And if you use the music with something that doesn't support cue sheets, what then?
Multi-file "images", typically involve using non-compliant cue sheets, which can be unfortunate depending on the software you use (fb2k).
weird solution, IMO
play hidden track zero (by playing the file without the cue).
An image need not just be a single file. Multiple files together can make up an image as well. When I use the term image in conjunction with a single file for all the audio I generally qualify it by saying single-file image.
Also, single-file images can allow you to play hidden track zero (by playing the file without the cue). Whereas with multiple-file "images" you either: [a] prepend hidden track zero (which forces you to listen to it each time you listen to track 1) separate it as it's own file (weird solution, IMO) or [c] discard the hidden track zero.
little gain of HDD space/reduction of fragmentation (little relevance to me, personally)