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What determines which encoders/settings you use. (2011)
2011 Reason Poll
The reason I use [blank] for lossy is:
Compatibility [ 103 ] ** [55.68%]
Quality [ 74 ] ** [40.00%]
Match Purchased Music [ 3 ] ** [1.62%]
Other [ 5 ] ** [2.70%]
I use [blank] for lossless because:
Compatibility [ 101 ] ** [54.59%]
Compression [ 29 ] ** [15.68%]
Features [ 27 ] ** [14.59%]
Other [ 28 ] ** [15.14%]
I encode everything lossy at [blank] because:
Highest Quality [ 54 ] ** [29.19%]
Based On What I Can ABX [ 85 ] ** [45.95%]
Absolutely Pack DAP [ 20 ] ** [10.81%]
Other [ 26 ] ** [14.05%]
Total Votes: 238
  
antman
post Jan 4 2011, 01:14
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Isn't this a new years tradition. smile.gif

I thought instead of doing yet another "which lossy/lossless/bitrate do you use" poll, we'd do something a little different. I'm more interested in the reason why people use which encoders and settings they do.

And to start:

Lossy: Compatibility, MP3 (AAC tags have given me problems in the past, mostly on cell phones).
Lossless: Compatibility, FLAC (if a media player doesn't support FLAC, there's a plugin somewhere that will make it).
Encode: Absolutely pack out whatever mp3 player/cell phone I got. I can't ABX for shiznit. V5 most of the time, V4 when I'm feelin fancy laugh.gif

Compatibility can also be read as: compatibility with the devices I own.

I know there's gonna be a firestorm for leaving a quality as an option on lossy, but we're adults here. Let's be civil.

And maybe this way we'll a trend not just within codecs but for everyone that's on here.
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post Jan 4 2011, 14:24
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The survey frames the questions with the assumption that you do everything the same way for the same reason, which sure doesn't apply to me.

Except for lossless. There I stick with Flac for compatibility. Mostly what I keep archived in Flac are rips from vinyl, live concert recordings, and albums purchased online (if available as lossless) as they are a PITA to replace compared to reripping a CD.

For lossy, it's mostly vorbis. That is the most compatible in my universe of computers and players. I make a point of getting mp3 decoders for my linux computers, but that has to be done every time I install a new release, while vorbis works right away. I also have a fair amount in musepack (plays on all the hardware, but not all player programs I might want to try out on PC), and mp3.

For bitrate, it depends on how much I like that album, and whether it's for the car, background music,etc, vs sitting in front of the living room stereo basking in the soundstage. For casual, generally in the q0 to q4 range, q6 if I don't want to worry about it.

For long voice recordings (like audio books, sometimes transcoded podcasts) I take the pack-the-dap option with speex, typically around 10 kb/s.

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- antman   What determines which encoders/settings you use. (2011)   Jan 4 2011, 01:14
- - mixminus1   Yay, a new year's poll! ...and I'm pr...   Jan 4 2011, 02:49
- - Cokemonkey11   I use MP3 for lossy because it's the most comp...   Jan 4 2011, 05:54
|- - TechVsLife   I now use AAC/M4A as lossy and apple lossless for ...   Jan 4 2011, 07:18
- - kornchild2002   1. I now use iTunes/QuickTime AAC for lossy encod...   Jan 4 2011, 12:33
- - DonP   The survey frames the questions with the assumptio...   Jan 4 2011, 14:24
- - Pri3st   Lossy: I use MP3 for compatibility - speed. Lossl...   Jan 4 2011, 15:25
- - lameboy   lossy: LAME MP3 lossless: FLAC lossy encode: V0 ...   Jan 4 2011, 15:42
- - zombiewerewolf   Lossy: Quality, AAC (Most electronic devices relea...   Jan 4 2011, 16:56
- - Notat   Lossy: MP3 for compatibility and because that...   Jan 4 2011, 17:07
- - dyneq   Agree with DonP that the poll is not well designed...   Jan 4 2011, 22:17
- - antman   QUOTE (dyneq @ Jan 4 2011, 15:17) Agree w...   Jan 4 2011, 22:40
|- - dyneq   QUOTE (antman @ Jan 4 2011, 17:40) I...   Jan 5 2011, 00:19
- - indybrett   Lossless FLAC 6 Lossy LAME v3 Both for hardware c...   Jan 4 2011, 22:45
- - DonP   wrt the choices on how I pick a rate, I've co...   Jan 4 2011, 23:15
- - Stephan37   Hi, y'all! Happy new year! I have jus...   Jan 4 2011, 23:46
- - UNHchabo   Lossy: Quality: I use Vorbis for my laptop and my ...   Jan 5 2011, 00:34
- - B7k   Flac for backups of my cd's lame mp3's @ ...   Jan 19 2011, 16:31
- - halb27   lossy: quality based best choice for me is lossyWA...   Jan 19 2011, 20:55
- - KFal   1. I use AAC. It is compatible with all devices I ...   Jan 20 2011, 08:41
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (KFal @ Jan 20 2011, 08:41) Apple l...   Jan 21 2011, 09:00
|- - KFal   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Jan 21 2011, 10:00) QUOT...   Jan 22 2011, 00:03
- - hlloyge   Well, I primarily use FLAC for archiving, but will...   Jan 20 2011, 09:05
- - Canar   FLAC usually for mastered (ie. 16-bit) material. W...   Jan 20 2011, 21:29
- - uncajesse   Lossy: Quality, Lame V0... I think the first ques...   Jan 21 2011, 07:44
- - FelixIvory   1. I use AAC. 2. flac. 3. I am using the newest N...   Jan 21 2011, 12:44
- - Angenial   Lossy: Compatibility. I selected compatibility bec...   Jan 22 2011, 14:51
- - serkan   Lossless: FLAC, compatibility Lossy: MP3 (LAME), c...   Jan 29 2011, 13:27
- - yourlord   I have multiple reasons for my choices, but I vote...   Mar 2 2011, 23:49
- - Meeko   To fill in these blanks: I use MP3 for lossy for ...   Jun 27 2011, 19:16


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