If you have a very large CD collection, you might consider ripping it into a more manageable file format. In other words, you can convert your CDs into a digital format so that you will be able to make your entire collection much more portable. In fact, you can even miniaturize a 1500+ CD collection into a single memory stick that you can carry everywhere with you!
However, you have to be very careful to ensure that you only use a format that will be able to bring out the same playback quality as your original CD. This is the part where lossless audio files come into the picture.
Here, the term lossless denotes the fact that the compression of the audio data does not lead to a corresponding loss of audio clarity and quality. Lossy compression, on the other hand, prioritizes file size over quality. This means that you will be able to stuff massive amounts of data in the smallest file but at the cost of sacrificing the higher notes that are barely audible to the human ear.
This is all well and good if you don’t have the kind of speaker and playback system that can enable you to figure out the difference. That said, if you are a true audiophile and cherish the quality of your music collection, you will need to go the lossless audio compression way.
Let us check out the major reasons why you should opt for lossless compression:
Most people don’t realize it, but lossy compression is basically a one-way street. In other words, once you lose your data, it is lost, and you can’t really get it back in any way. If you purchase a player that does not support that specific format, you will have to change the player, since you won’t be able to change the format. However, a lossless format allows seamless conversion, irrespective of the player.
High-level encoding such as the kind utilized by the FLAC format will definitely sound a whole lot better than its MP3 lossy counterpart. If you have the right equipment, you will be able to enjoy your lossless files much more than your lossy ones.
However, it is important to understand that quality comes at a cost. In this case, the cost will be the amount of disk space used. For example, your average FLAC file uses three or four times the amount of space of even a high-quality MP3 file.
But this is not that big a deal because today’s increasingly smaller USB drives and memory cards have far more space as compared to before.
We at Progressive Labs have state of the art facilities to convert your CD collection into FLAC lossless format files. This way, you will be able to enjoy the original purity of your music by connecting your drive to your favorite player, anytime, anywhere.