Whenever I do a backup of a CD I use .FLAC format since it uses less storage than a .WAV format file of the same sound and as far as I know, .FLAC is low loss and virtually indistinguishable from . WAV. Also, I am equating .WAV sound quality to that of an original commercial CD for purposes of this post since I understand that they are identical.
What I need information about is .MP3 vs .FLAC however. How different will an .MP3 file properly burned to a CD sound to the average person than the same file burned in .FLAC or than the same file on an original, commercial CD? Can most people really tell the difference from a practical standpoint?
Put another way, I am trying to determine whether to download the .MP3 version of an album and burning it to CD or to try and get the original CD instead. Is it worth paying more to get the original commercial CD of an album or will a downloaded .MP3 version properly burned to CD sound just as good from a practical standpoint?
Thanks for any input.