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Wazaawolf
post Apr 25 2013, 13:18
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Hello,

I decided to back up all of my CDs, because some of them are getting old or scratched. I'm a newbie to ripping and burning Audio CDs, so some advice will be helpful.

- Which is the best format to use? Will mp3 320kbps do fine? Or can I use 16-bit FLAC or WAV too? Can Audio CDs consisting of FLAC or WAV files be read by CD players?

- I know high speeds increase the probability of errors, but does it affect sound quality?

- What is the difference between cheap, off-brand CD-Rs and more expensive CD-Rs? Is there a difference in chance of errors only, or is there a difference in sound quality too?

- On the internet I read something about Gold, Blue, Black and White CD-Rs. What does this mean, and what is the difference between those different types?

I've searched a lot on the internet to find information, but I this things remained unclear to me. Any answer or a link to an answer would be great!

Thanks in advance!
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DonP
post Apr 25 2013, 17:00
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QUOTE (Wazaawolf @ Apr 25 2013, 07:18) *
- Which is the best format to use? Will mp3 320kbps do fine? Or can I use 16-bit FLAC or WAV too? Can Audio CDs consisting of FLAC or WAV files be read by CD players?


As previously mentioned, the best backup medium would be hard drives. If you use 2 external hard drives (somewhat safer with 2 copies) then for about $200 you could get 2 drives each able to hold about 6000 albums (compressed with FLAC). You could also go with just 1 hard drive and put a "safety backup" on some cloud service like Google Music (which would be high rate mp3)

WAV will use 2 or more times the space, and doesn't do tags as well (track and album names etc)

High rate mp3 could be ok, but is lossy so no optimal if you want to make smaller files (mp3, aac, etc) from that to go on a portable player.

CDR's hold so little compared to a hard drive that at this point I would only consider them if you want to use them in a CD player, not as an backup format. If your cd/DVD player can play mp3's you can fit about 4 albums at 320 kb/s, or 10 at 128 kb/s VBR (depending on album length). If it can only play audio disks, then of course you only get one album per CD.
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