[QUOTE=AllanDeGroot;2688230]My Issue with using FLAC is that for the limited number of CD’s that I want to archive for various reasons (typically because they are borrowed OR I’m doing compression and tagging for a clueless customer) it simply doesn’t save enough space to bother using FLAC over WAV.
I still maintain that HDD space is cheap…
When I’m using EAC to rip I want to feed discs into the drive like a mortar crew feeds shells to their tube, the extra time creating an mp3 or FLAC disrupts my rhythm…
I do my compression as a separate run with a program that will grab every
wave file in a given folder(and all included subfolders) and convert them as part of a batch… often several hundred files as a group… that takes me 60 seconds to set up and start running and allows me to walk away…
The object is o spend the minimum amount of time feeding the discs to be ripped to the machine then let my automation work automatically… which is kinda the point.[/QUOTE]
HD space is cheap now. Back when I started digitizing my collection 8 years ago it was somewhat of a different tune. I think I was happy to get a 250Gb external at Staples for $100. Now look at how much you get for $100.
If you have a larger collection its still worth it. I’ve got roughly 800Gb of music in FLAC. Saving roughly another 800Gb is worth it to me.
Also,it’s a lot easier to tag FLAC files than WAV’s.
And as far as compressing to FLAC or mp3 taking time, that used to be the case back in my Pentium 4 days when I used FLAC frontend to compress. Now that I have an i5 with dB Poweramp, I can use 3 cores to compress 3 different tracks to FLAC while ripping with another. So what would have taken me 17-20 minutes a CD now takes 3-6 minutes.