What is the best format, bit rate, etc. to encode CD tracks for digital storage?
Well, the answer depends on what you intend to do with the files. First of all, you should rip (take songs from a cd, and add to your computer’s HDD) everything @ 128kbps. This will give a high quality sound, without taking up too much space on your hard drive. You can encode at higher bit rates if you want to, the higher BR, the better it will sound. Don’t encode at anything lower than 128, as you will start to notice a deterioration in the sound at the lower levels. Now, the file format depends on how you will be using these files. If you have an MP3 player other than an Ipod, then you can either encode in MP3 or WMA, with MP3 probably being the better format, as they will play on most any player, while WMA (Windows Media) files will not play on the Ipod. Ipod actually uses a proprietary file format (ACC), but will also play MP3. Things are further complicated by the fact that any music you download (and pay for) will be protected. What this means is, if you were to download a song f