Rip and Backup Audio CD to FLAC or M4A for Maintaining Perfect Lossless Audio

March 2, 2010 | Filed under Audio


No one uses discman nowadays because we now have portable MP3 player such as iPod. Good thing about using discman is you are actually hearing the best untouched original quality of the CD. Unlike when you use a portable MP3 player, most of the time you will be hearing audio that is ripped from CD to MP3 with some quality loss. The pro about a portable MP3 player is that you don’t need to carry along the bulky disc anymore because it has a built in memory to store your audio files.

If you are an Apple iPod user, everything is much easier because the player itself can already support M4A format which is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple. You can use iTunes to rip the audio CD into .m4a format and then copy to your iPod. If you’re using other MP3 players, your only hope is that the Rockbox firmware supports your player so you can install the firmware to support FLAC.

Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) is a file format for lossless audio data compression, primarily authored by Josh Coalson. FLAC reduces bandwidth and storage requirements without sacrificing the integrity of the audio source. A digital audio recording (such as a CD track) encoded to FLAC can be decompressed into an identical copy of the audio data. Audio sources encoded to FLAC are typically reduced to 50–60% of their original size. During compression, FLAC does not lose quality from the audio stream.

Since FLAC and M4A provides original quality of the CD, you can backup your audio CD using either one of the two formats mentioned. dBpoweramp seems to be the only software that is able to rip and batch convert from FLAC to M4A and vice versa but the software is not free though…

dbpoweramp convert m4a to flac lossless

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