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07-11-2006, 07:27 PM
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The highest quality is WAV because it's uncompressed. But you don't want that because the files will be too big.

WMA & MP3 are quite comparable, but MP3 is much more prevalent whereas WMA is proprietary to Microsoft. MP3 is a more universal format, so chose that.

Best way to extract and keep sound quality is using the free softwate EAC (Exact Audio Copy) along with the LAME mp3 encoder.

It's not very easy and takes some time to get over the initial hump, but it's well worth the effort in the end.

Here is a tutorial on how to use these software and where to get those free files:

You can find more resources on EAC & LAME on the web through Google should you get stuck somewhere (there are many tutorials).

The cool thing about this method is that you encode MP3s using variable bit rate (VBR). With VBR, the track is encoded using high bit rates for particularly sonically dense portions while using lower rates and not wasting space when not needed (the average is around 192 kbps). If you want constant bit rate, I suggest 256 kbps, but that will obviously take way more disk space.

Hope this helps.

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