| I’m creating a digital music library from CD’s, which audio file format should I use and why?

I’m creating a digital music library from CD’s, which audio file format should I use and why?

ILLUMINOVA asked:


Here is my dilemma, I want to consolidate all of my music to a huge hard drive. I have thousands of CD’s and want to know which file format will sound best (and at what kbps I should import) and be the most “universal” should I in the future want to get a portable digital player OR convert to another format. I don’t want to deal with a whole lot of hassle to do the following:
1.- Burn music to disc should I want to
2.- Transfer music to a portable player
3.- Create DVD’s with CD audio for importing into my car’s Hard Drive based audio system (I think it only accepts wav files)

Any opinions, thoughts, or “answers” to my current dilemma would be very appreciated.

Thanks for reading and your assistance.
Referencing my car stereo, I wanted to clearify, the Pioneer Avic-Z2 is what I’m using, and it plays a bunch of audio file formats but unfortunately it only “imports” to the hard drive WAV files (as far as I can tell).

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  1. josipmarks on September 29th, 2009 8:47 am

    I think high quality MP3 as this can be changed to any other format as required in the future and can be played on most modern players without a hitch. All my stuff is MP3 and I have a substantuial library and I have also burned cd’s for others and it has worked fine.