In the realm of hi-res audio FAQs, the Q about CD conversion to digital is one of the most FA-est. Recently, a New York Times reader asked J.D. Biersdorfer, who handles the Real Newspaper of Record’s Tech Tips column in the Personal Tech section, the following Q: I want to convert more of my compact discs before moving them to long-term storage, but I find the MP3 format doesn’t make for very rich-sounding audio files. What other formats can I use instead?
“If you really want high-fidelity audio files, consider a format that uses lossless compression to maintain the sound quality of the original source,” counsels Biersdorfer, and we here at HRAC couldn’t agree more (as we’ve recommended doing so ourselves on numerous occasions). Among his (and our) lossless-centric citations/recommendations, based on your own personal audio needs/requirements: FLAC, Apple Lossless, Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. (Refreshers on what each one is/does, via their respective links.)
You can see all of the specifics behind Biersdorfer’s hi-res conversion logic here on the New York Times‘ site.