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Music Preferred music format?

Discussion in 'General' started by Guest-16, 20 Aug 2007.

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Preferred Music format?

  1. Mp3 - compatible with everything!

    211 vote(s)
    56.7%
  2. Ogg - compressed, but open source

    21 vote(s)
    5.6%
  3. AAC - better compression for the noise

    15 vote(s)
    4.0%
  4. FLAC - open source and lossless

    53 vote(s)
    14.2%
  5. Other Lossless (eg Apple or Ape) - because you have a ton of space

    4 vote(s)
    1.1%
  6. CD - nothing like having physical media!

    31 vote(s)
    8.3%
  7. Vinyl - I'm a pure audio demon and my setup is probably worth more than your house!

    12 vote(s)
    3.2%
  8. Tape - old school chromium oxide rules.

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  9. Other compression - because I'm obscure for strange reasons

    2 vote(s)
    0.5%
  10. Other physical media - because nothing says unique like still using MDs.

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  11. WAV - pure and simple

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  12. WMA - Microsoft did something right for you?

    14 vote(s)
    3.8%
  13. AC3 - Dolby surround

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. DTS - Because you're a DTS fanboy and nothing else will do (Geoff)

    4 vote(s)
    1.1%
  15. DVD-A - It's HD/surround, don't you know.

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  16. SACD - Because it's uhh.. super.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Midi - It's never too old school.

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  1. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    Given that we're a whole load of audiophiles or just simply music lovers: what format do you keep your music in? Leave it on CD or Vinyl? Compress it beyond comprehension into mp3 but have it compatible with everything or use up plenty of space by keeping it lossless?
     
  2. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    Given my current setup CD is the best format I can play. Though if I had a turntable I would choose vinyl.
     
  3. Bogomip

    Bogomip ... Yo Momma

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    MP3 all the way for me at the moment but only because of the immense compatibility. I would probalbly go for ogg or AC3 otherwise.
     
  4. RTT

    RTT #parp

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    MP3 due to the compatibility. It's going to be a long while before stuff doesn't play MP3 anymore.
     
  5. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    all FLAC here, after upgrading both my PC speakers and sound card many average bitrate MP3s became virtually unlistenable in comparison :/
    may as well anyway, in the grand scheme of things it really doesn't take up all that much space
     
  6. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    MP3 for compatibility...

    But if there was a "I don't care as long as it plays" option, I'd go for that one.

    If FLAC would be more mainstream, I'd re-rip everything in FLAC, but for now it's a waste of space (and I'm not a audiophile)
     
  7. K

    K 528491

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    I voted for CD, since if someone offered me the choice between a physical copy or a download I'm gonna go with the physical one. But really I've only bought like two CDs this year yet I've obtained many many albums. It's terrible, but hey, I have about 700 CDs at my parent's place collecting dust.

    I'm not too fussed about all this lossless stuff though. I don't like low bit-rate MP3s but anything 192 and above sounds just fine to me. Even 128's ok sometimes. Beggars can't be choosers and all that.
     
  8. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg New Member

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    MP3 because i'm lazy. too lazy to recode every thing to ogg or flac.
     
  9. Hugo.B

    Hugo.B New Member

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    .ogg sooner die than use .mp3 or .wma again.
     
  10. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    Amen to that.
     
  11. Ramble

    Ramble Ginger Nut

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    FLAC, simply because it sounds the best and is open.
    Most of my library is mp3/ogg however since a lot of stuff was found as mp3 and so converting it to ogg or flac without some highyer quality source available would be pointless.
    I use Ogg because it's small, sounds great and more people can listen than flac.
     
  12. Spacecowboy92

    Spacecowboy92 Gettin' Lazy

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    DTS is prefered but I have many formats all over the place althought most of my stuff is mp3. I do have some vinyls lying around but not an impressive player system.
     
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  13. BioSniper

    BioSniper New Member

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    I use mp3 due to compatibility. Sometimes I rip in AAC though, generally when I forget to change the settings on iTunes and the like.
    I won't rip any less than 192k/s and prefer to just go the full whack at 320kbps just "cause I can" kinda thing.

    I will however buy CD's rather than downloads due to the price. More often than not I can get a proper CD with all the shiny album art for the same price as an iTunes download album and I prefer to be able to hold something for my money when it comes to stuff like movies or music.
    If downloads were cheaper, say £2 per album then I'd bother.
     
  14. Lee @ Scan

    Lee @ Scan Scan Computers

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    Same here with the mp3 for compatability as I stream them to a variety of devices round the house, mainly my 360 or the squeezebox 3 we have.

    Plus with an X-Fi soundcard the 3D crystaliser enabled does help improve the quality of most the mp3 files I have at home.
     
  15. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    I rip at a high quality WMA, usually 320kbp/s, as it's the best quality and compression I can use knowing it'll work on whatever MP3 player I finally get round to purchasing (and no, it won't be an iPod).

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  16. g3n3tiX

    g3n3tiX Active Member

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    mp3, but I also listen to .sc68 Atari/Amiga music files, so it could be Obscure.

    What about midi ? not in the poll ? ^^
     
  17. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    MIDI isn't really an audio compression standard- you can't (easily) rip music to MIDI, it's more for retaining individual track details for editing and listening to 80s-video-games-style-guitar-riffs.

    edit:having read all your post, MIDI seems entirely appropriate ;)

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  18. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    Vinyl for me! Nothing better then that. And DJing is just better then with CD/MP3....

    edit: Seems like I am the only one so far :)
     
  19. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    I've got a few vinyls, just nothing to play em on so far! I'm planning on getting a budgets seperates system at some point (around £600-700) which'll have a Pro-ject Debut to get some life out of em. I didn't actually notice the physical options on the list, so would have probably opted for CD; sure, it's not 1/2 as nice-sounding as vinyl, but I find it more practical on the whole, and seem to be buying music in bulk right now.

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  20. riggs

    riggs ^_^

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    MP3 @ =>192kbps
     
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