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Have a ginormous music library? Running out of space on your hard drive? Storage is cheap, but so is this app, which also means you can fit more music on your portable MP3 player.

Wired's article about it comes complete with comparison links. I'm not going to go full compression, but to be able to cram another 500 songs onto my mp3 player, I'll take the minor hit in quality. I'll just keep an uncompacted archive on my network hard drive for stereo listening.

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thecurlyboy
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
That's what I've ended up doing. While I'd prefer to use lossless codecs for the main archive, my hard drive isn't *that* big. So I have my archive with everything ripped as a 320 kbps mp3, and I have one library that I use for trying to cram as many songs as I can into 2GB and still keep halfway decent quality (not great sound, but the headphones I use with that player can't reproduce great sound anyways, so ...)

So many of the "high compression" codecs so seriously distort my music, that I've almost given up hope. I'll certainly give this one a whirl, though ... thanks for the link.
delascabezas
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
i was highly dubious until i saw the wired article
the samples chosen sounded pretty good. cranking the compression to max definitely creates some loss, but even on high quality setting, many of the mp3's i have in the mid-range get packed down way below a filesize i could attain with a crappier rip.

i do wish they allowed you to demo the proggie before buying it, but such is life on the internet.
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