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post #16 of 17
Just like to throw in my $0.02 here.

The bitrate doesn't have anything to do with how "busy" the music is. In fact, the higher the bitrate, the worse the recording is. This is because of loudness alterations that are done during remastering.

Trust me, I have about 300 CD's at the moment, all ripped to FLAC. My best recordings have relatively low bitrates - from 350-600 kbps. Anything over that has been subjected to loudness mastering.

Recordings pushing 1000 kbps sound very loud and smoothed over; anyone can hear it immediately. All my pop and electronic albums sit around these bitrates. They are certainly less busy than some of my very fine classical albums, which usually don't break 500 kbps.
post #17 of 17
I tried ripping in flac but the music randomly cuts out sometimes for a split second on my sansa clip and ogg files sound just as good anyway but use much less space.
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