I notice that in WMP XP Tools > Options > "Copy Music At This Quality" allows setting between "smallest size" and "best quality". Why wouldn't I want to choose "best quality"? Or is this similar to the "what speed should I burn at" debate. Thanx for any info.
Firstly, it's got nothing to do with burning as thats the end of a process in which you have to determine what quality you want to rip...so not really relevant.
The whole deal is just what quality sound you want which is directly proportional to the average size of a file. Eg I'm currently going through the process of ripping every cd i own on to my puter at 64k(CD quality in WMA) and that means most albums will be 28 megs which is very good. If i did that in 192k quality each album would be 86megs....and that is almost 3 times the size....i don't need that cause 64k is good for me as it sounds fine and they are only their for convenience to play whilst on puter(eg own real cd's).
Whereas if i copied a cd that i don't own and might want to burn i would prolly do the best quality in wma....however, realistically if i wanted to do this i'd really just do a straight iso or something at full wav level......
So it's really up to you and depends on how much room you have, how important the quality level is and what you plan to do with it.
true 64 wma is not optimum for something you don't own, as i said i only do that for copies. However, winamp seems to play them just fine, but you are right in that a high quality mp3 would be a bit better..... personally i can't afford to buy 40 gig harddrives at the drop of a hat, so size is a problem depending on what you have on your puter.....for example.....at 64k i have taken up a few gig already and i've barely dented my cd collection, not to mention the higher quality mp3's of stuff i don't own i do have and plan to get. If they were highest quality most my harddrive would be full within a week.
So, just weigh up what each song is worth to you and what you plan to do with it.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS