Originally Posted by PsychLight
I've since been importing my CD collection to itunes as ALAC files instead of buying AAC files directly from itunes which are of lower quality (correct?).
Correct. Everything in the iTunes store is lossy.
I hear people say that a good vinyl is better than a CD,something to do with analog and digital but I won't pretend I actually understand any of that just yet.My question is is there a way of digitising(seems like right word?) records so they can be played on music players/computers.And if so will that file EVER be of a higher quality than the lossless files i've imported from my CD's,or is vinyl only better when played on a record player ?
It's complicated, because if you ignore the neverending analog vs. digital debate, there's still the big issue that CDs and vinyl are generally mastered to a different standard. CDs tend to be mastered with more dynamic compression than vinyl, so if all else was the same, the vinyl version would still be superior (in the ears of most audiophiles — though some people prefer the compressed sound, admittedly).
As for the analog vs. digital debate, my opinion is that you really need to sink some money into a high quality analog setup for it to be worth it, I consider digital setups inferior, but a better bang-for-the-buck.
I do think that the main motivation behind digitizing would be to have those better, less compressed masters. To this end, it's probably worth researching on an album-to-album basis to find out what peoples' opinions on the vinyl vs. CD releases are. Find some people who have done 'needle drop' recordings and posted samples of albums you enjoy, and see if the difference is worth it to you. If you go that route, be mindful that you'll want your records and your stylus squeaky clean before transferring them, and this will be additional cost and process.