Converting a HUGE collection Reply #50 – 2003-07-07 20:14:20 Freaky: Thanks for the specifics on this. After further reflection, I guess I came to a few conclusions on my own about WAV vs. lossless compression. Decoding speed, frankly, is not a big concern of mine. But using a format that will be accepted by any device in the future with certainty IS a big deal to me. For this reason alone, I hesitate to spend the time compressing WAVs if it only means I'll have to spend more time decompressing them in a few years (assuming some great hi-fi device only accepts WAV, or some lossless codec I didn't use). My long-term plan is to go the hi-fi route when prices for integrated digital audio receivers specifically designed for hi-fi systems become more reasonable. Also, the thought of simply ripping my 300 odd CDs turns my stomach. In the past, tagging snafus alone have consumed more of my time than I planned, nevermind encoding. Of course, I will (hopefully batch) encode a subset of my most relevant files for use on my iPod. But basically, given the relatively modest size of my CD library, I'd rather spend extra money on storage and save time and heartache with the ripping/encoding process.