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PC Jukebox/Playlist Software

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by scrapbook, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. scrapbook

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    I have a gap in my av rack unit that needs filling and am now thinking of going down the route of a mini PC to store music on etc.

    What software would you recommend that would store and index music with the ability to play playlists?

    Also can you give me some advice on the best format to store music in that produces the less loss of sound quality.

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    Xlobby (frontend incorporating Winamp), EAC (ripping CD's) and APE (lossless audio format).

    Next stage RME soundcard (fantastic quality), PDA (armchair control), RME expansion board (multi room audio). :clap:
     
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    Is the mini PC going to be connected to a Display/TV? or do you want to be able to select tracks and playlists & play them without a display attached?
     
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    It will be connected to a display.
     
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    You should go with a lossless format, you have few choices:

    WAV
    FLAC
    APE
    AIFF
    Windows Media Audio
    Apple Lossless

    All these codecs will produce perfect copies of your CDs (although I have heard a few people who say WMA normalizes) Remember with WAV you can't have tags, so it's not ideal. I'm using Apple Lossless for all my CD collection. It was a choice between that and flac and I went with it because:

    # It's built into iTunes, gracenote CDDB
    # It's really fast, especially compared to EAC/FLAC
    # It works with winamp & JRMC (the only other two players im interested in)
    # It will transcode to ACC easily for Ipod use
    # Filesize about half that of the original

    The only downside is it's not as widely supported as other formats & iTunes doesn't do all the legnthy checks that EAC does. But that didn't worry me at all.

    I know alot of people swear by EAC but for me it's just too slow & over complicated. I just wanna stick in a CD and have it rip a perfect copy within a couple minutes.
     
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    Ripper: Audiograbber (my choice), CDEX or Exact Audio Copy
    Player: Foobar 2000
    Codec: Wavpack (my choice) or Flac
     
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    JSW, I LIKE it!
     

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