Few questions on bitrates and future benefit of using FLAC 2017-12-14 22:06:03 Somewhat of a newbie, please bear with me on the following questions.My general understanding after doing some reading on the mp3 format is that V0 is regarded as superior to 320 CBR. Why is that? I don't mean transparency or size/quality; I'm looking at it from a more technical point of view. Why wouldn't constantly encoding info at 320 bits be equal if not superior to a variable rate that fluctuates (V0 220-260)? One is cramming as much info as possible (even empty zeros) and one will strip out data according to an algo.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.