The idea behind this thread was to hopefully make
a more beginner friendly guide to ripping quality audio,
and to offer more options for doing so.
Thanks to all who have supported this thread with their ideas.
All posts in this sticky are different users'
opinions/experiences with different ripping tools.
As it all boils down to personal preference,
it is up to you to decide whats best for you.
Why .mp3? Its the most compatable compressed audio format around.
(compression and compatability are key)
I've yet to see a media player that does not support .mp3 playback by default.
And compression is needed because CD audio and .wav files
are generally 7 to 10 times larger than .mp3 files.
n00b friendly, yet fast and reilable,
has multiple codec support (which are free at their site)
and can be tweaked to rip with the best
and its FREE, so no more excuses to try and share .wma or .ra!
intergrated into dbPoweramp
(some apps require that you add this separately)
and xing encoded songs suck ass compared to LAME
MINIMUM 192 kb/s CBR
(In tight communities such as Slsk, this is the bare minimum.)
128's suck, nobody wants em.
Lots of ppl are moving to VBR (variable bitrate) for better quality with less size.
Theres an explanation in Paul's sticky about the benefits of VBR.
And also further along in this thread is an explanation by summerlinda.