I don't mean transparency or size/quality; I'm looking at it from a more technical point of view.
If I am going to use other lossy formats like AAC, , what is the generally recommended bit rate? Is it better to shoot for transparency or max out the bit rate?
Finally, I'm not a true hoarder, I believe less is more. However I've never really had a proper hardware set up; so I don't know if I would be able to tell the difference in quality between FLAC and mp3.
So the only real good reason to keep lossless atm is transcoding. How likely are we to see a new development in next 10 years where having a 1:1 copy would be important?
I would default to FLAC if not for the insane download bandwidth it takes and space/backup considerations.
1) Better compression, not better quality. In reality both are very similar.2) 128k-192k.3) If you are using mp3 or AAC, very unlikely.
Heck I know people encoding at 512kbps Ogg Vorbis because it sounds better.
A 3TB HD is like what, 80 bucks or so now?10 years ago it was a consideration. Now you get so much storage you can actually just FLAC everything and don't even bother encoding into AAC.
10 years ago it was a consideration. Now you get so much storage you can actually just FLAC everything and don't even bother encoding into AAC.
It matters to me a lot whether my audio library requires 200 GB or 1.2 TB - especially when I want to have backups. Also FLAC makes transferring files much slower and requires some clever on the fly encoding if you want to stream it over the web (there's tools for that of course). I'm very happy with my - to my ears - 100% transparent avg 140 kbit/s opus files: Small size, great quality, lightweight. Not to mention that It"s extremely convenient to just copy a bunch of files onto a mobile device, without having to worry about encoding into another format first.IMHO lossless is for archival and lossy for listening.
IMHO lossless is for archival and lossy for listening.
Well that's a bizarre conclusion to reach. My music is ripped to FLAC, why would I then encode it to lossy to listen to? The only reason it's in MP3 on my phone i because I can't get a 1TB microSD card and it'd be extorionate to do so. Even 200GB cards are rather expensive although that's what I ended up with for my phone.