I bought some 32GB USB drives from Amazon. I tried MediaMonkey and it worked great. I did the high-quality 300k MP3 recordings. Plus it shows the album artist and artwork on the Infotainment unit.
Burn your CD's to Flac. This is a lossless format, meaning you don't lose any info from your music. This is best for your home stereo when you get a network player with a built in DAC. At this point you'll never use your CD's again.
With your Flac files you can convert them to whatever you want, MP3, WAVE, AIFF, Apple lossless...etc. That way you'll always have your CD's in the best format for playback. I use dbpoweramp but your MediaMonkey should do the same things. You can try WAVE to see if you can tell the difference which is lossless and works in our Mazda's but it takes up much more room then MP3's. MP3's are good for car audios but try and burn them to 320kbps for the best results.
I would then have to burn it twice? Once from CD to Flac and then from Flac to MP3? So much work! (hide)
I will probably just do the MP3 in 320kbps
Defensive? I was not being defensive?
You said we shouldn't tell people to do that. I replied: I'm not.
Just having a convo.
Anyway.... I think last poster meant Audacity. That's an amazing program but for ripping CDs, WMP & MM are better.
And to beat the conversation into the ground, my music is actually on the SD Card in my phone. Since it's not on the phones internal memory it has a much better chance of surviving getting wet. [emoji38]
What the ****, Shado? NOW I'm getting annoyed (not really). I didn't take anything "personally". I was not getting defensive. Where you are seeing this is beyond me?!?
You said " I don't think it's good advice to give a less experienced user. " I said "I'm not telling anyone what to do".
I was talking about what I do. I wasn't angry, or defensive, or ... whatever. Maybe a little cocky? Maybe? I don't really see that either but trying to figure out what you're picking up on...
I've been accused of cocky before... lol
But defensive? Took anything personally? No, man. I didn't. You're reading it wrong.
It's all good.
Can we move on now?
Love ya man.
Not at all. You only have to rip once. How you do it depends on your priorities. If you want the best audio quality, rip to flac. For portable use, you can convert flac to mp3 almost effortlessly with a program like Switch Sound Converter [for example]. If you don't care about highest audio quality, just rip directly to mp3. If you keep your CDs, you can rip them again if you ever need higher quality later on.
I couldn't tell from your post if you're ripping directly to the flash drives, or to your computer and then copying to your flash drives. Be aware that if you rip to computer and then copy [NOT move], you will have made a backup that might save you from doing it all over again if something happens to a flash drive. A small investment of time for good protection.
But everybody should use the correct terminology: when you copy from CD to computer, that is RIPPING. When you make a CD-R from files on your computer, that is BURNING. When you copy from your computer to a flash drive or SD card, that's just plain old copying [or file transfer].
Lbear, once you get used to this, it won't seem like such a chore. You can rip them in the background while you're doing something else on the computer. And you can bulk convert as many flacs as you want to mp3 in one easy operation, also in the background.
Remember - our cars (and many others) don't support flac at this time. Maybe one day. So for now MP3 is the most universal standard. So if you are ripping with the goal of playing in your car, MP3 is the format you want. You could do Windows WMA, but not always portable to other devices.
I wouldn't call someone foolish to rip to flax if you're streaming from your phone. But overall I agree. Just do mp3.
I ripped a few albums to flax just to see ...err... Hear the difference. It wasn't very noticeable compared to 320 mp3.
The size difference isn't worth it imo.
Definitely, let's move on. But since you asked, it was just that you kept defending your backup routine, and I wasn't addressing that at all. I was talking about saving originals. But I can see how you took it the wrong way.
At least we got Lbear to start ripping! (drinks)
Yes, I did.
I bought a $10 USB drive with 32GB. I also got a portable USB CD player ($25) that I can connect to my laptop to do the ripping, I mean CD to MP3 copying. That way I save my CD player from running hot and overworking itself.