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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 22 2011, 14:51
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Lossy: Compatibility. I selected compatibility because I never have to worry about whether an MP3 will play somewhere. On the other hand, my collection is in FLAC so I can transcode to whatever is necessary; as such, I could transcode to whatever the best codec for the target device would be, but since I only use tools whose source code is available, and because my portable player doesn't support Vorbis, I use lame (I'd quite possibly use lame anyway, just because I know it's transparent to me).

Lossless: Other. I use FLAC for a few reasons. First off, it's totally free, meaning the specification is not secret, and source code is available. Also, momentum. I've been using it for years, and I don't really feel like converting it all to another format. It's simply not worth a few percent of compression. If I run out of space I'll just buy new drives. Compatibility is also a reason. Since flac is free and has been around forever, I'm more confident that it'll be supported if I switch players on my computer (I don't see myself using lossless on a portable device, at least not for a long while).

I do periodically think about switching to WavPack; in my tests it has slightly better compression than FLAC, and is licensed in the same way. Like FLAC, WavPack comes with a library that provides an easy API for adding support to a player that can't play WavPack (I wrote a WavPack plugin for a library of mine, and the entire source file, including comments and blank lines, is 145 lines of C code). There is also support for WavPack in TagLib, which is nice. The two downsides are: 1) decompression time slows down as the compression level increases and 2) the gains aren't so great that I want to re-encode my entire library.

Encode: ABX. My portable player's drive is large enough that I don't have to worry about filling it up, so why not what I can ABX? I'd bet, though, that I could go a lot smaller since I mainly use my player in the car and at the gym, neither of which demands the highest music quality.
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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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