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2012 ripping/encoding general poll
What are your current choices for your own musical library?
What are your *main lossy* formats of choice?
MP3 [ 319 ] ** [45.38%]
AAC (M4A, MP4, AAC) [ 181 ] ** [25.75%]
Ogg Vorbis [ 108 ] ** [15.36%]
MPC [ 21 ] ** [2.99%]
LossyWAV + lossless [ 6 ] ** [0.85%]
WavPack lossy [ 4 ] ** [0.57%]
Opus (CELT) [ 20 ] ** [2.84%]
USAC [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
WMA Standard or PRO (lossy) [ 3 ] ** [0.43%]
I don't use lossy AT ALL! [ 41 ] ** [5.83%]
What are your *main lossless* formats of choice?
FLAC [ 397 ] ** [64.87%]
WavPack [ 68 ] ** [11.11%]
TAK [ 43 ] ** [7.03%]
Apple Lossless (ALAC) [ 46 ] ** [7.52%]
Monkey's Audio (APE) [ 22 ] ** [3.59%]
WMA Lossless [ 2 ] ** [0.33%]
OptimFrog [ 1 ] ** [0.16%]
other lossless format [ 6 ] ** [0.98%]
I don't use lossless compression. Only WAV [ 6 ] ** [0.98%]
I don't use lossless AT ALL! [ 21 ] ** [3.43%]
What's your favorite ripping mode {for your main, archive or most important library if you have several ones}?
one file per track [ 412 ] ** [78.18%]
one file per disc with cuesheet or chapters [ 80 ] ** [15.18%]
it depends: I mix both [ 35 ] ** [6.64%]
Total Votes: 605
  
IgorC
post Jan 1 2012, 17:38
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A traditional poll.
You can choose a few codecs. Like Codec A for mobile audio player and Codec B for PC or any other device.

Previous polls:

2011 ripping/encoding general poll

2009 ripping/encoding general poll

Happy New Year to All! beer.gif

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post Jan 5 2012, 17:20
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Disclaimer: Here comes a boring story that offers no definable answers to the poll! Hey, it was a lot longer before I pruned it. tongue.gif Posting in case someone might be vaguely entertained by it.

Way back when, I ripped to WavPack images with embedded cue sheets, transcoded (after tinkering with a few other formats) to LAME -V2 (what else? smile.gif), and eventually abandoned lossless. Then I got an iPod and ended up using AAC at 256 kbps (iTunes Plus) for new/other CDs. Concluding that CDs are mostly pointless in being ripped once then shelved forevermore (tenuous legality notwithstanding!), I moved to digital downloads: mostly on iTunes and thus AAC (256 or 128 kbps) again, eventually migrating towards Amazon MP3 once it finally reached the UK, and mixing in a few other MP3-based services (Play.com, some good small one whose name I canít recall, etc.).

In retrospect, I donít know why I moved to AAC there. Once I actually thought about it, I became concerned about compatibility with future DAPs. Iím not worried much nowadays, as it seems to be supported as standard by any decent device, but it would have made more sense to stick with MP3. If nothing else, I kinda liked the more DIY experience of ripping and encoding with LAME, yíknow? biggrin.gif

I very rarely buy music now. Iíd like change that, but I donít know in which form. Part of me might like to start picking up CDs againóalbeit more discerningly!óbut I have the same concerns. Standard inclusion of digital booklets with downloads would largely remove the question, but only a shrinking minority provide this. Still, a move back to physical media is unlikely. Iíll probably stick to buying MP3, at least until the advent of a store offering a large catalogue in lossless. As for lossless formats, Iím unconcerned about every last bit of compression, so Iíd probably chooe FLAC due to its relative dominance in terms of hardware support (not that Iíd rule out trying Rockbox). I might one day sort my library out and go back to a proper player like foobar2000 wink.gif (after going back to Windows, for the software library / convenience).
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post Jan 11 2012, 02:10
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QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 5 2012, 09:20) *
As for lossless formats, Iím unconcerned about every last bit of compression, so Iíd probably chooe FLAC due to its relative dominance in terms of hardware support (not that Iíd rule out trying Rockbox).


Maybe I misunderstood the last part, but Rockbox supports FLAC on all of the platforms that I've run it on. Of course Rockbox is primarily intended for use on portable devices, so you're back to the storage space challenge, which tends to favor the use of lossy formats.
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- IgorC   2012 ripping/encoding general poll   Jan 1 2012, 17:38
- - spoon   It would be interesting to learn what the split be...   Jan 1 2012, 18:33
|- - DARcode   QUOTE (spoon @ Jan 1 2012, 18:33) It woul...   Jan 3 2012, 11:42
|- - JJZolx   QUOTE (spoon @ Jan 1 2012, 10:33) It woul...   Jan 11 2012, 02:01
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (spoon @ Jan 1 2012, 14:33) It woul...   Dec 22 2012, 04:17
|- - DonP   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 21 2012, 22:17) QUOTE ...   Dec 22 2012, 13:04
- - derty2   What are your main lossy formats of choice? I don...   Jan 1 2012, 18:46
- - sauvage78   1- Voted "I don't use lossy at all",...   Jan 1 2012, 19:50
- - marc2003   same as last year: QUOTE lossless: tak -pMax. i...   Jan 1 2012, 21:14
- - dreamliner77   FLAC for lossless archiving. I'm still stuck ...   Jan 1 2012, 21:28
- - krafty   Main Lossy: I have some purchased 256 VBR AAC fil...   Jan 1 2012, 21:41
- - sPeziFisH   main lossy: mp3 @V2 - best compatibility with any ...   Jan 1 2012, 22:24
- - DigitalMan   @spoon - my collection is 50%/50% lossless/lossy. ...   Jan 2 2012, 01:44
- - kornchild2002   I don't think much has changed from my encodin...   Jan 2 2012, 03:08
- - antman   MP3/FLAC/Per Track. Same as last year. And the y...   Jan 2 2012, 04:11
|- - probedb   QUOTE (antman @ Jan 2 2012, 03:11) MP3/FL...   Jan 2 2012, 20:44
- - C.R.Helmrich   Although it would be nice, I doubt anyone will be ...   Jan 2 2012, 16:52
|- - tev777   QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Jan 2 2012, 11:52) ...   Jan 2 2012, 17:53
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (tev777 @ Jan 2 2012, 17:53) On the...   Jan 3 2012, 11:15
|- - Porcus   Lossless: FLAC -8 1.2.x only. Anything purchased i...   Jan 3 2012, 15:52
- - tev777   I broke my iPod touch yesterday and decided I am g...   Jan 2 2012, 17:45
- - Dario   Wow, I originally voted for Monkey's Audio as ...   Jan 2 2012, 20:11
- - CoRoNe   - Opus (although I'm currently using Vorbis, I...   Jan 2 2012, 21:38
- - Takla   Lossy: Ogg Vorbis Lossless: FLAC I like to use f...   Jan 2 2012, 22:53
- - anishbenji   I use TAK -pmax as my main archive format using an...   Jan 3 2012, 05:05
- - EastMushu   mp3 @ V2, FLAC -8, per track rip   Jan 3 2012, 05:55
- - Ron Jones   I mostly have ALAC in my iTunes library. They...   Jan 3 2012, 06:50
- - IgorC   Lossy: Apple AAC CVBR 192-256 kbps Lossless: FLAC ...   Jan 3 2012, 13:44
- - rudefyet   Lossy: LAME -V 0 or iTunes VBR 256kbps AAC That ...   Jan 3 2012, 18:21
- - GeSomeone   As usual my poll answers reflect the past year or ...   Jan 4 2012, 12:01
|- - user   I moved away from monkey's audio ape, to FLAC,...   Jan 4 2012, 13:13
- - Yaztromo   Archiving: Wavpack -hx - Better compression than F...   Jan 4 2012, 14:27
- - String Theory   2012 is the year I'm completely deleting my lo...   Jan 4 2012, 22:39
- - DonP   Flac and Vorbis, some mpc and speex. mp3 for thin...   Jan 5 2012, 00:20
- - db1989   Disclaimer: Here comes a boring story that offers ...   Jan 5 2012, 17:20
|- - JJZolx   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 5 2012, 09:20) As for...   Jan 11 2012, 02:10
|- - db1989   I meant the opposite: FLAC is much more widely sup...   Jan 11 2012, 20:02
- - bred   Lossy: My favourites formats are OGG and MP4, but ...   Jan 5 2012, 21:38
- - db1989   Split: USAC vs. HE- and LC-AAC   Jan 5 2012, 22:46
- - djchristian   Why woudn't you use cuesheets when ripping one...   Jan 6 2012, 01:48
|- - bred   QUOTE (djchristian @ Jan 6 2012, 01:48) W...   Jan 6 2012, 08:05
- - String Theory   A little change to the subject. I found out that m...   Jan 7 2012, 11:33
- - C.R.Helmrich   2009 poll: Total votes: 923 2011 poll: Total votes...   Jan 8 2012, 16:42
- - IgorC   Chris, Thank You for bump. As for me >200...   Jan 8 2012, 18:52
|- - C.R.Helmrich   QUOTE (IgorC @ Jan 8 2012, 19:52) The fir...   Jan 14 2012, 14:24
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Jan 14 2012, 10:24)...   Jan 14 2012, 17:02
|- - C.R.Helmrich   QUOTE (IgorC @ Jan 14 2012, 18:02) What I...   Jan 15 2012, 01:33
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Jan 14 2012, 21:33)...   Feb 3 2012, 17:55
- - user   probably ripping & encoding questions are a ki...   Jan 8 2012, 20:20
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (user @ Jan 8 2012, 16:20) if many ...   Jan 9 2012, 16:27
- - db1989   Split: Why the apparent low popularity/usage of WM...   Jan 11 2012, 20:47
- - Destroid   The title of this poll made it seem like the rippe...   Jan 12 2012, 11:21
- - Agent69   I started out using WAV+cue but I ended up using F...   Jan 12 2012, 16:38
- - m45t3r   Lossy: mainly OGG Vorbis -5 because both my Samsun...   Jan 14 2012, 18:26
- - shadowking   I've gone back and forth.. I figured transcod...   Jan 25 2012, 13:35
- - juandhaltrich   Im progressively getting rid of all the mp3 I got....   Feb 4 2012, 06:02
- - RobertoDomenico   Flac, Alac and all the other lossless formats are ...   Feb 4 2012, 12:00
- - LoFiYo   Lossy: LAME 3.97 -V 4 or 5 MP3 for compatibility f...   Feb 4 2012, 17:20
- - gameplaya15143   Lossy: Ogg Vorbis -q 0 --advanced-encode-option lo...   Feb 5 2012, 21:27
- - AllanP   Lossy: 256 kbps iTunes AAC music bought from iTun...   Feb 6 2012, 00:45
- - IgorC   Here's a nice graph (including current results...   Feb 9 2012, 00:52
- - Rogee   I was strictly an MP3 and FLAC guy until November ...   Feb 9 2012, 04:56
- - duss   Lossless: ALAC Iím moving away from FLAC to ALAC,...   Feb 13 2012, 08:44
- - temp1   my prefer lossy: AAC (qaac cbr 256) lossless: TAK ...   Mar 21 2012, 03:32
- - mwheelerk   I use exclusively AIFF. I rip to iTunes using XLD...   Mar 28 2012, 15:42
- - AliceWonder   I rip to flac, one file per trac. After tagging I...   Jul 14 2012, 12:10
- - Meeko   Lossless - FLAC Lossy - AAC (apple's encoder ...   Jul 24 2012, 14:59
- - MahFlac   lossy: 320 mp3 lossless: flac one track per file...   Jul 25 2012, 16:08
- - lesswire   Lossy: V3 using recommended LAME, but currently sw...   Jul 25 2012, 19:26
- - Nichtswisser   AAC (Nero Encoder @ 220kbps)/FLAC/Per Track For y...   Aug 21 2012, 01:52
- - Exposure   Lossless: TAK -p5m Lossy: Depends on the situatio...   Dec 1 2012, 19:14
- - Squeller   Library: flac plus embedded cue. TAK is great, but...   Dec 22 2012, 15:27
- - Venyos   After much wandering and awful lot of time investe...   Dec 23 2012, 08:42
- - jimijabble   Just found out about OPUS so using that for now as...   Jan 13 2013, 13:49
- - C.R.Helmrich   Btw, Moderators: shouldn't this poll be closed...   Jan 13 2013, 14:09
- - db1989   Of course; thanks. As an aside, I donít know whet...   Jan 13 2013, 15:23


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