Right now, my digital audio collection consumes a total of about 110 gigabytes. That number is a bit deceptive, as its really two identical collections—one ripped in Windows Media Lossless format, the other in Apple Lossless. The collection currently consists of 106 CDs ripped from my collection, with about another 60 or so to go. Given that I have disk space to burn, this isnt that onerous. Even ripping a CD twice doesnt really take much time.
Why rip into two competing formats? It does sound silly on the surface, but its my way of ensuring that somehow, Ill be able to play that content in full fidelity, on my home audio systems.
I wrote about the challenges of being an The iPod, the Audiophile and Thou, promising to follow up on suggestions given me by ExtremeTech readers. Along the way, I came across one or two other cool devices. I think Im almost there, though given my nature, I may never be completely satisfied.
Lets check out several ways to get music stored with lossless compression from a hard drive to a home audio system, with no strings…er…wires, attached.