Why use lossless? 2002-08-23 03:35:31 I can't beleive that no one here has mentioned this yet. Or If they have I've missed it. I hear so much that people rip cds...encode to ape...and then burn back to cdr....to me this is pointless. I use lossless for the following reasons.1. I don't want to keep swapping cds in and out of the cdrom drive. With lossless compressed files I can keep 200 cds or more on my hardrive and play any song I want at any time. 2. There every bit as good as the original cd. I won't have to keep re encoding when some new snazzy codec comes out. And I don't have to worry about hearing artifacts when I upgrade to better equipment.3. Sharring: Pretty simple here; the smaller the file the better for trading in newsgoups and opennap hubs.4. It is much easier to batch transcode files into another format instead of re ripping and encoding from original cd.5. The backup is the original cd. So if the hardrive fails so what. Especially in raid 5 configuration.Disagreement:The windows only or closed source argument.This is absolutely silly. If you put them on a cd then just include the os as well on another cd. If you do like me and just put them on the hardrive then duh you already have the os on it. Besides there are millions of pcs with some form of windows on it....surley in the future you will be able to find some os that supports what you've encoded on.Besides...monkeys audio is now open source and has been compiled on linux...each new version is more and more non-windows friendly. Hell even optimfrog has linux support now. okay okay I'm done.