format for the long term use
by, 01-09-2012 at 11:10 PM (1195 Views)
I am planning to rip most of my CD collection. I am using Mac powerbooks now streaming to Devialet (need to use itunes at least presently). I assume that I need to devote a computer solely for audio soon but I am also thinking to set up a 2nd system. I am excluding anything Microsoft OS but I am tempted by a Linux system.
I consider ripping not an enjoyable enterprise - so I want to do it only once and I want to avoid to have to convert from one codec to another one in the future. I made a few ripping tests with Max, XLD and itunes (not quite sure yet what I prefer). As far I could gather:
FLAC quite universal also as high res. downloads but not for itunes (I found a Flac player for itunes but for phones and pads)
ALAC works with itunes but how about linux
AIFF again works with Mac but what about linux
WAV (try to avoid MS) and tag problems?
there a lot more (obscure) formats
Ideally I would rip into itunes with AIFF or ALAC and on an external drive with FLAC at the same time but as far I can see neither XLD nor Max can do that.
What is the best guess which format will survive more than a few years?