On 02/03/2018 05:03 PM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Feb 2018, Jon LaBadie wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 05:29:40PM -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>>   one of my new year's resolutions was to digitize several hundred
>>> music CDs in preparation for figuring out what system to use in the
>>> domicile to play them, but regardless of how i decide to eventually
>>> play these CDs, i'm looking for recommendations for how to rip them to
>>> hard drive before i decide how i will end up using them.
>>>   given the cheapness of hard drives (and that i have a QNAP NAS
>>> anyway), i don't really care about disk usage, so i figured on ripping
>>> all of those CDs using (lossless) FLAC format, and i can decide down
>>> the road whether to convert them to a different format to save on
>>> space.
>>>   in short, any recommendations on simply ripping all these CDs to
>>> hard drive, while having no idea what i will eventually use to play
>>> them?
>> I only had about 60 CDs to rip, but like you was uncertain about
>> format.
>> I used "abcde" which let me save .wav, .flac, .oog, and .mp3 in 1
>> run.
>   for now, i was thinking of ripping just to .flac since that's
> lossless and i can always decide later what further format to rip to
> in order to save space. does that make sense? i just want to avoid
> having to go back and rip everything all over again.
> rday
That's exactly what I did five years ago, ripped all my CDs to FLAC
using the abcde tool.  After that I wrote scripts to put subsets of my
collection in various formats onto disks for my cars, onto my phone,
etc.  I use MPD to drive both an FM transmitter in my house and a stream
to the internet playing random songs from my collection.  Recently I
wrote an Alexa skill that does the same thing for the Echo devices in my
house, letting me ask the Echo to play specific artists or albums from
my collection.  (Originally I uploaded everything into Amazon Music for
this purpose but now they've announced that they'll be discontinuing the
part of their service which supports large collections like mine.)

So I really like the idea of using FLAC as the base and then doing
whatever conversions are needed to suit the particular device or service
that I'm using the music with.  It might be true that I'm incapable of
hearing the difference in quality but given that disk space is so cheap
these days, the space I'd save by using some compressed format really
isn't important.  I've got 14,954 songs in 292GB.

David King

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