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[–] mr-deplorable 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

Make the MP5 free and I will be a happy man.

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[–] brucethemoose 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

MP5?

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[–] vuke69 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

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[–] vastrightwing 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Mp3 has no DRM. It's a great container. You can store anything in it. The codec is just OK, but good enough for most people. It's supported by every device. It's far from dead anymore than vinyl is dead.

The people trying to replace mp3 only want to trap us into another licensing nightmare. No thanks.

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[–] superesper 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

The people trying to replace mp3 only want to trap us into another licensing nightmare. No thanks.

This exactly. Anyone remember Niel Young's Pono farce? "Buy my snake oil player and then re-buy your entire music library in my special snake oil format! Look i got all these half retarded, famous musicians who can't even hear for shit anymore to say it sounds really great!"

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[–] Dark_Shroud 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

Sorry but I'm sticking with FLAC and Opus at this point.

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[–] brucethemoose 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Only problem with both is that some devices don't support em.

AAC is isn't bad, TBH. I've done a blind 384 AAC vs FLAC test myself, and couldn't tell the difference (though 256 makes busy/dense songs artifact).

CBR MP3 is terrible though.

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[–] superesper 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago  (edited ago)

CBR MP3 is terrible though.

I guarantee you can't reliably tell the difference between a well encoded 320kbps MP3 and uncompressed PCM. Almost no human can. And even if you're the way way way less than 1% who possibly could discern a difference in some kinds of material, it's extremely unlikely you also have a set up that reveals these details. Maybe I'm wrong and you're Matt Colton sitting in front of a 100k hifi system but I bet that's not the case.

This site provides an accurate blind abx test for all kinds of lossy formats against lossless if you want to try it for yourself: http://abx.digitalfeed.net/list.html

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I guess it depends on the device. My $30 Lumia 640 supports FLAC just fine with Windows 10 Mobile.

All of the budget players support AAC and now many support FLAC as well.

Sandisk makes the best budget players and both of the "clip" models support FLAC. The ancient Jam model doesn't support FLAC, but it does support AAC. https://www.sandisk.com/home/mp3-players

I use dBpoweramp to rip all of my CDs and I use the full lossless FLAC profile.

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[–] superesper 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago  (edited ago)

There's no reason to use lossless formats. There's no perceptible difference between a LAME encoded 320kbps MP3 and a lossless file. This has been established again and again through extensive tests by audio professionals with reference quality systems on just about every music production forum on the internet. I know for myself at least there's absolutely no way I can tell on my near field monitoring system or with any of my headphones, and I do a whole lot of critical listening on this system. Unless you've got an extremely high end system and golden ears better than the average mastering engineer, there's no way you're hearing a difference either. Do some blind tests with accurately level matched files if you really want to know.

This site provides an accurate blind abx test for all kinds of lossy formats against lossless: http://abx.digitalfeed.net/list.html

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[–] benoliver999 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

There are lots of reasons to use lossless formats. I don't know anyone who can tell the difference between FLAC and MP3 320/V0 but it doesn't mean you'd want to store all your stuff in a lossy format. You're effectively locked into it forever.

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[–] whatisbestinlife 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

if you care you do own some high end listening gear OR plan to some day. give me the best file possible.

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Several of my family members have quality stereo systems combined with a fair amount of my rips coming from Vinyl or SACD that I traded and borrowed. Here's hoping blu-ray audio takes off.

I rip to lossless FLAC as a master copy that I can then rip to something else if need be. Especially when I'm not keeping the physical copy.

I also like my music to not sound like crap, hissing & popping, on good speakers & head phones. I'm also planning to spend far more money than I should on a media room when I finally get my own place.

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[–] Wahaha 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Meh, who cares. MP3s are so 1998. FLAC is all I'm using since 2007.

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[–] rocket_robin_hood 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Didnt people say that cd's were dead a while ago? I've been buying them all along, and will probably continue buying them for another 20 years.

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[–] Morbo 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The mouse, the FAX machine, cable TV, land lines, email and the desktop computer have all been declared dead at some point yet continue on nevertheless. I'm with you on CDs and other physical media. I like discs and being able to put my music on a shelf.

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[–] Salbuchi_2019 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Desktop computers are dead only among normalfags. Any decent gamer/professional user will have a desktop computer.

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[–] solar_flare 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Saying certain things are dead when they're clearly not is often just a shaming tactic passed down by greedy social/economic manipulators.

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[–] knightwarrior41 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

mp3 ist frei!

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[–] Fragnostus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Been using Ogg Vorbis, it's been open and free since forever. I ain't switching.

EDIT: actually I may be switching to Opus, lol. Not transcoding my files of course, just for future ones.

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

dBpoweramp supports ripping to Opus.

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[–] wesmoc 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

MP3 is patent free, AAC is not. Of course they want to claim MP3 is dead ... there is no money in it. Encouraging everyone move to AAC is just following the money trail.

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