You just get a big file which sounds the same
37.2 MB (39,021,032 bytes) FLAC Normalized
9.38 MB (9,838,222 bytes) Mp3 before a FLAC was made
.WAV sucks. :P The cases in which an uncompressed file is needed for storage are almost negligible. Though most conversion programs seem to convert compressed files to WAV before converting to another format, at least the ones I use do.
IME WAV sounds every bit as good as FLAC and AIFF, and a bit better then ALAC at times (but I think that had more to do with the ripping software than the format). But I'd agree with the general disregard for that format, not because of SQ, but because it does not support metadata, and becomes a royal PITA to move around files or restore from backup, etc. I would definitely stay away from WAV for that reason alone. It also takes up a whole lot more space than other lossless options. Though storage is certainly cheap, I'm pushing 1.5tb currently (mix of FLAC, AIFF and ALAC) and that is growing, since I put more priority on music than on gear. If my stuff were in WAV I'd be pushing 3tb and probably be using multiple drives. As it stands I can get by with a 2TB RAID, but wonder how long that will last.
And I have 60+ in my closet that are deteriorating as we speak.
Imagine what a Redbox machine would look like.
I've found that mp3 files from albums recorded before 1990 are sometimes recorded from cassette tapes (particularly demo tapes, although that's pretty self explanatory). Buying CD's really is the best (and legal) way to go
Ah, gotta love good old laser rot The only Laserdiscs I've actually seen in person are in my high school physics classroom, and they look like they were probably made in the 1970s
It would probably be the size of Wal-Mart
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