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Same file as if I ripped it into AIFF?

Discussion in 'Ripping, Converting, Files & Formats' started by coke, May 1, 2017.

  1. coke

    coke New Member

    Looking at your “Everything you need to know about digital audio files,” I know that AIFF is uncompressed. I am still converting my CD collection to ALAC. I am about halfway through, so before I go start my many Prince CDs, I skipped about and did my five U2 albums. I found the “One” CD single, which has about 4 songs. Instead of ripping it, I just decided to keep it as is and copied the songs straight from the CD in AIFF format. I did this because in total the songs only came to about 325 MB in AIFF, and unless they re-release it, I won’t buy it again. Did I end up with the same file as if I ripped it into AIFF?
     
  2. kirk

    kirk Administrator Staff Member

    You can convert ALAC to AIFF without losing any quality; ALAC is just a way of having the same audio quality in about half the space.
     
  3. coke

    coke New Member

    Since they are in AIFF from the CD itself, and since the EPs are only a few songs, I don't care that much about the space. I am wondering if it is better to rip to AIFF from the CD using XLD or just drag them off the disc? I used bandcamp a couple of times, and to get the best quality, I normally download the AIFF files.
     
  4. kirk

    kirk Administrator Staff Member

    It's a good question; dragging vs ripping. If you use error correction, then ripping should fix any glitches. However, if you drag, theoretically, the operating system should do a file check to ensure that the file is bit-perfect. I'm not sure, however, if anyone has ever tested the to to compare them.
     

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