[access-uk] Re: Music files

Hi Ray.

I think most of us pray the drive will last the distance and backup only 
after disaster strikes.

Drives are cheap but if you have a sizable media store it can still be 
costly to keep it backed up.

IDE drives have fallen through the roof, granted but not as far as i'd like. 
grins
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Subject: [access-uk] Re: Music files


As a short after-thought to my last post, fortunately I may be wrong 
regarding having to
uncompress lossless audio files before playing them.

Two useful links are as follows:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lossless_data_compression
http://www.bobulous.org.uk/misc/audioFormats.html

The second one is useful as there is comparison between lossless and lossy 
formats, the
lossy ones including MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.

It would seem to me that given the unbelievably low price of hard disks 
these days, lossless
formats can be used if you are a perfectionist, and the FLAC format does 
seem to be 'free'
or open source, or whatever.

I've never given thought to how one manages hard disk based storage over 
time as these do
give out eventually.  Constant backing up to more than one HD or other media 
I guess is what
you have to do.

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