I am looking at redoing my whole collection of music, about 70 gigs worth I am guessing(not at home to check). I have been using Music Match Jukebox(bought version) since about 00'. Overall I am quite happy with it. I have original CD's for most of the collection that I currently have on my computer.
Most CD's that I ripped I did in 160kbps. Some that I didn't have the original cd for were done in 128-256 depending on the quality my friends ripped his in. I haven't ripped my collection of cd's in about 5 1/2 years, and back then storage space was kinda expensive.
I have been doing a lot of reading on different site's, and so far I have found this one to be the most informational and fun to lurk in so I had to join!
I'd really like some GOOD feedback on software such as MusicMatch Jukebox, Nero, Winamp, Roxio(I use to have roxio with one of my dell computers from about 4-5 years ago).
I'd like to know the differences and Pro's & Cons's of MP3, MP3 Pro, WMA, WAV, VBR(variable bitrate), CBR(constant bitrate).
If nothing else I would think to go to 192-320kbps and redo the collection. I would like to be able to use all my music on home stereo, car stereo, mp3 players etc. I am not sure if VBR is the way to go for me or CBR. I personally think the songs that I have that are in 160-192kbps are pretty good sounding.
The computer I have them on is a 1 yr old Dell 9150 with a 3ghz Pentium D processor. 1 gig memory and a 160gig hard drive; and I just added yesterday a Western Digital 250 gig hard drive and also an internal Samsung DVD burner. I bought the extra hard drive to put all my music that has been reripped on to(and maybe a DVD or two).
I'll add more when I get home, need to get back to work. Thanks for any and all replies guys/gals. Appreciate it.
BTW- I did search, but didn't find anything that matched my personal needs for info.