A guide to ripping and encoding music
"Audio formats are roughly divided into two groups: lossy and lossless. The words are relatively self-explanatory. Lossy formats are those codecs that approximate the audio you hear rather than actually storing the complete audio data. Lossless audio uses codecs that compress the audio without losing any quality. You might compare a lossless encode to a zip file: smaller than the original, but no data loss."
(Submitted by Noel Tue Jan 11, 2005 )
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