Looking for recommendations for new tools and format 2006-12-28 09:48:56 Guys,I've been a customer of dbpowerAMP's for several years. I'm starting to grow tired of an ever-growing list of trade-off's and compromises for sticking with its various products. It does some wonderful things but some things are missing and others never work right.For example, I had decided, for several competent reasons, to use WMA 9 Lossless as my format of choice. dbpowerAMP claims to support this. However, whenever I'd rip my CD's into my PC library, songs would be missing, tags would often be missing in droves necessitating more work than the product saved me. The author convinced me that the problems were Microsoft's and had me switch formats to APE.I still have many of the same problems I had before except now my music doesn't work on virtually any hardware I have and I'm extremely limited in choice of players, etc. My family is annoyed because they can't stream our nice collection to the Xbox 360 (or any hardware I have for that matter).For these reasons and others, I figured I'd ask the folks here what a good answer might be? I'm looking to use a format that serves an a good archive backup of my large CD collection. I don't want to rip to MP3 and forever be stuck with a library of less-than-optimal music. Should I desire to go back to full fidelity, I'd like that option. I'd like a solution that works with a decent array of hardware and software.I'd also like to know if there's anything out there that competes with dbpowerAMP. Is there anything out there that comes close to providing the depth of features their products provide? I like syncing my library to the 3 or 4 different players we have in the house, all with different formats and quality levels (however, this too is buggy in db). I like that it so easily converts anything to anything.What's out there for me to consider?Lastly, is anyone aware of a really impressive playlist editor? I have several thousand songs (and I've yet to rip entire CD's as for now I've stuck just with the songs I care about most) and I'd like to be able to quickly and easily create an array of playlists for every occasion (APE format even limits me there). I'd like to be able to have any song belong to many types but without my having to manually place it in 100 different lists. It'd be great to be able to take a single song and define its types in one pass (it's upbeat, dance, rock, happy, My Favorite, Wife's Favorite, etc.) and then just create the lists based on those tags. Any help greatly appreciated.