I recently purchased a Sonos system for use around the house, I'm loving it hence why I'm revisiting how I do things again.
For the last 10 years I've used iTunes, with my CD collection ripped directly to AAC. I sync my iPod with this and have nearly everything I own on my iPod. Simple enough.
With disk space having become cheaper and my demands higher I'm going to revisit and rip my collections in a lossless format, once and for all!
I have two obvious options, FLAC and ALAC, at the moment it doesn't really matter which as I understand I can convert them to and fro if need be however, being the way I am I'm after using EAC to transfer the media from the CD to the lossless format.
This brings about a few problems.
I don't have much time so would like to automate nearly everything if I can. I want the discs to be ripped with EAC, have front covers downloaded and embedded into each lossless track and then the lossless files made available in my existing iTunes library - iTunes should then reduce the bitrate/encode files if being copied to my iPod as and when I sync.
If I purchase a new CD I essentially want a one stop shop as I have with iTunes now where I can do EAC->WAV->Lossless->Music Library/iTunes->iPod.
I know it's demanding but I've literally driven myself insane this morning with the different combinations and possibilities! I'm open to ideas providing they'll help me accomplish what I'm trying to do!