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Best Overall Lossless Audio Compression for Archiving
jraneses
post Jan 9 2002, 19:59
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I've been encoding a lot of files lately with Lame, and instead of trashing the wav files afterwards I'm going to compress them with one of the available lossless encoders, either FLAC, LPAC, or WavPack. I've tried all 3 on well over 16 gigs of wav files. FLAC and WavPack both shrunk that 16 gigs down to 10 gigs on the hightest compression ratios. With LPAC, I got the size down to about 15.8 gigs, or roughly about 200 mb smaller.

If space is the only consideration, the smaller the file size, the better. However, being the perfectionist nut that I am, that is not enough. When I look ahead, I think about other things, like which of these encoders is open source, which is not, which seems to be more actively developed, etc. FLAC would seem to offer the best option for this line of thinking. I also dig WavPack's lossless and lossy modes, and the new beta is definately sweet. But at the same time, I don't want to encode all my files with a beta encoder...

I'd appreciate your thoughts on the matter, as I know a lot of you here have probably pondered the same thing sometime in the recent past. smile.gif

Cheers,

Jason
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- jraneses   Best Overall Lossless Audio Compression for Archiving   Jan 9 2002, 19:59
- - Jan S.   Have you tried monkeys audio? Should have best com...   Jan 9 2002, 21:05
- - Jon Ingram   You're looking to archive your audio files by loss...   Jan 9 2002, 21:31
- - jraneses   QUOTE Originally posted by Jon Ingram You're look...   Jan 9 2002, 22:47
- - Bigus Dickus   Of course, if you had to you could always reinstal...   Jan 9 2002, 23:06
- - bighouse   LPAC has a Linux decoder....You can use that too.   Jan 10 2002, 00:01
- - Jon Ingram   QUOTE LPAC has a Linux decoder....You can use that...   Jan 10 2002, 00:13
- - JohnV   QUOTE Originally posted by Bigus Dickus Of course...   Jan 10 2002, 00:13
- - Delirium   QUOTE Originally posted by JohnV I agree 100%. Th...   Jan 10 2002, 00:18
- - Jon Ingram   QUOTE I agree 100%. There's absolutely NO reason t...   Jan 10 2002, 01:11
- - JohnV   LOL. Lets say I want to use Monkey's Audio now. If...   Jan 10 2002, 01:25
- - layer3maniac   QUOTE Monkey's is out there in the Internet and is...   Jan 10 2002, 01:32
- - Jon Ingram   QUOTE So it's absolutely BS to try to frighten peo...   Jan 10 2002, 01:38
- - JohnV   QUOTE Originally posted by Jon Ingram I reserve m...   Jan 10 2002, 01:57
- - Dibrom   QUOTE Originally posted by Jon Ingram Secondly, y...   Jan 10 2002, 02:22
- - jraneses   Man, I did not exactly expect this kind of feedbac...   Jan 10 2002, 05:20
- - layer3maniac   QUOTE So you also believe that evil Matt "the sata...   Jan 10 2002, 05:27
- - Ardax   This really quickly becomes a matter of personal c...   Jan 10 2002, 05:39
- - tangent   Sigh.. why don't we just wait for Ogg Squish?   Jan 10 2002, 05:43
- - mikemikez   Using winrar at setting "good" and multimedia comp...   Jan 10 2002, 07:27
- - mikemikez   Oh, and I totally agree with Jon Ingram..... Open...   Jan 10 2002, 07:30
- - Dibrom   QUOTE Originally posted by mikemikez Oh, and I to...   Jan 10 2002, 09:15
- - Garf   QUOTE Originally posted by tangent Sigh.. why don...   Jan 10 2002, 09:37
- - Garf   QUOTE Originally posted by Dibrom Functionality ...   Jan 10 2002, 09:44
- - Jon Ingram   QUOTE This "best" software doesn't always happen t...   Jan 10 2002, 09:48
- - layer3maniac   QUOTE I certainly see the value in Open Source (an...   Jan 10 2002, 09:55
- - Gabriel   Just a personal comment: open source is different ...   Jan 10 2002, 09:59
- - layer3maniac   QUOTE As an example, Lame is open source, but not ...   Jan 10 2002, 10:08
- - Gabriel   Lame is only free in term of price, but not freedo...   Jan 10 2002, 10:34
- - Garf   QUOTE Originally posted by Jon Ingram MPC is in ...   Jan 10 2002, 10:37
- - Garf   QUOTE Originally posted by Gabriel Just a persona...   Jan 10 2002, 10:42
- - johnicon   (This is also the reason why LAME being GPL is 'qu...   Jan 10 2002, 12:06
- - Gabriel   You're right, and so Lame is LGPL. Remember that t...   Jan 10 2002, 14:57


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