Converting audio CDs into digital files How we store our music has changed somewhat over the years. Photograph: Thomas McAvoy/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image You wrote in another column: 'My preferred strategy for scanning things (or ripping CDs), is to do the job so well that it never has to be done again.' Please could you share your thoughts on the best way to do this?Michael Stevens Converting or "ripping" an audio CD into a digital file is a time-consuming process, and there are at least two sensible options. FLAC captures all the information in the recording, but it has two significant disadvantages: it produces large files, and not all portable music players can handle it. I could have used a lower bit rate than 320kbps (actually VBR: variable bit rate), and I can't reliably hear the difference between lossless and 196kbps MP3 files. I could also have used a lower bit rate with the AAC file format, because it is more efficient than MP3. So, what's the best way to rip your files?
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