Allegedly, on or about 4 February 2018, Ed Greshko sent:
I've found that folks have a tendency to overvalue lossless
but in fact their ears aren't up to the task.
That's often true (but I frequently find MP3 encoding is noticeably
awful). And the converse is often true, that people rip down to a
really crappy bitrate, thinking that saving space is more important
than it is (producing what sounds like compact cassette recordings from
But if you rip to a lossless format that you use now (e.g. ogg vorbis),
and later on change players to one that doesn't support that lossless
format (e.g. mp3-only, particularly when it comes to hardware devices),
you have to re-encode from one lossy scheme to another, and that *does*
introduce audible artefacts.
I've faced that situation. I generally compress to ogg vorbis, because
it does the job well on almost everything I have, and I don't hear
disturbing audio artefacts that I continually hear with MP3 (direct
uncompressed WAV to MP3, I might add, too). But, from time to time,
find I want to play a file on something that doesn't support it.
Given sufficient storage space, I'd rip to a lossless format, like
flac. That gives you a good archive of the file. Then if you want to
export to a hardware device, you have the choice of doing it any way
that you like, without horrible degradation.
Another issue that crops up with various audio formats is an inability
to do gapless playback of albums. That can depend on the format *and*
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