Lossless ripping & capacity usage - OUCH!
Hi all, sorry for the long post but bear with me
I've just spent a while ripping some stuff to my Itouch in Apple Lossless having read about the superior sound quality over the standard Apple rip rate and have been staggered by the capacity it has used up!
To give an example, I have one file ripped AAC which gives me 79 songs lasting 5hrs 6mins and uses 324.6MB.
I have ripped another file using lossless which gives me 73 songs lasting 4hrs 54mins and uses a whopping 2.01GB!
Is this typical?
As an ex DJ I have thousands of tracks I want to rip so I can store the originals away (7", 12", Vinyl Albums, CD Albums & Singles).
I was looking at buying 2, or maybe 3, Ipod Classic 120GB to do this.
Based on the above, if I rip everything lossless I'll only get about 4,400 tracks on each one whereas if I rip in AAC it will be in the region of 29,000 for each one!
So here's my question.
If my maths are right, and my experience of the additional capacity usage in lossless is normal, will I gain sufficient benefit in sound quality to offset the drastic reduction in tracks that can be recorded?
I listen mainly in my car and other relatively noisy environments like my clubhouse. Even at home there is always other noise going on - Kids, wife etc
Is there a way I can rip lossless but then get a copy in AAC for use on the Ipod?
I've searched Itunes but it only appears to give me an option to create a lossless version?
This seems to be my best option as I can always then get a better version if I wish but I can't see how to do it.
I will rip one of the tracks in AAC and compare them tomorrow but at this hour I'd be lynched!
Any thoughts, comments or advice appreciated [remember my typical listening environment ;)]