Thanks for the tip on dbpoweramp; I've never looked at it. Does it have a built-in method for minimizing errors on badly scratched CDs like EAC does? (Aside from AccurateRip, which I would assume they both can use.)
I used EAC and REACT to rip to FLAC and LAME mp3s in the past. Worked perfectly.CK
Another reason to switch from MP3 to FLAC: it turns out my portable audio player, which is a Blackberry business phone, natively supports both FLAC and OGG files. Who knew?OK, a follow-up question: I'm still learning about all the commandline options etc. available with FLAC. Right now, I'm planning to use -8 (the strongest compression available), because I don't care how long the music takes to compress; I'd rather compress it as tightly as possible.But, I don't want to compress it so much that some players have trouble playing it. Is it possible to compress a FLAC so tightly that a system has trouble streaming it?
The difference in encode/decode time and the absolutely negligible difference between -8 and -5 compression makes -5 a no-brainer for me. You should definitely take a look at the comp ratio comparison charts.
Otherwise, as Gary suggested, Vorbis is the way to go for portable usage. Smaller files, fewer resources needed for decoding,
Do you have a cite for that?
Now Rockbox may not be the end-all-be-all of decoders, but Vorbis takes 2-3x as much CPU to decode as FLAC on ARM. I'm quite curious if you have better numbers.http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/CodecPerformanceComparison
(1) Is there a list somewhere of all the tag options (TOTALTRACKS, etc.) that FLAC supports? I haven't had any luck finding one.