Old 23rd July 2006, 14:28   #1
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Compressed Audio? Bah.

Hard disks are getting ever larger and ever cheaper so the need to keep a PC based music collection small is no longer as important is it once was.
Why not have a plugin for Winamp that'll play Audio CD ISO images? It'll please the audiophiles who hate MP3s.

Winamp would be able to query internet based CD databases for all track names as well.

A four way shuffle could randomly select tracks across all CDs or play CDs sequentially but randomise within a CD and so on.

Obviously if you plan on sharing tracks between the PC and a portable MP3 player then it becomes a bit of waste of time. Unless Winamp caould do the PC/MP3 player synching and do some on the fly encoding. Might be a bit slow though.

What does everybody think?
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Old 23rd July 2006, 15:05   #2
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Pointless. I highly doubt that anybody can tell the difference between a mounted ISO image and losslessly-encoded music. Just record to FLAC (or if you're really anal, uncompressed audio).

(Not to mention the fact that most people couldn't ABX between an original and a well-encoded lossy file.)

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Old 23rd July 2006, 16:47   #3
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Oh well, it was just a thought.
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Old 23rd July 2006, 16:55   #4
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Pointless. I highly doubt that anybody can tell the difference between a mounted ISO image and losslessly-encoded music.
How should they be able to, playback from both is absolutely identical.

@KeithManiac: You can make lossless (FLAC, WavPack, Monkey's, OptimFrog etc.) images plus cuesheet with EAC and use in_cue (plus input plugin for your lossless format of choice) to play them in Winamp.
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Old 27th July 2006, 00:01   #5
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the reason its called lossless.. is cuz it doesnt lose any of the song info.. u can compress and uncompress using a lossless codec and the starting and ending files will be identical
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Old 28th July 2006, 15:37   #6
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Or in noob talk, lossless audio compression is just like compressing WAV songs with ZIP. No matter how many times you recompress it, it's still the very same exact song.
Just that these special lossless codecs have way better compression ratio than ZIP...
So if you're and audiophile you'll most probably use FLAC/APE or exact 1:1 CD images that are mounted using Daemon Tools and then played in WinAMP as any other physical Audio CD.
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