Guides to ripping and encoding music
Ars Technica has an excellent and detailed guide to ripping and encoding music. They cover everything from a basic explanation of the different formats, bitrates, a brief history of the encoders, lossy and lossless encoding, tools that can be used to rip music and a how-to on the actual ripping process itself. More information on sampling frequency amd how it affects a ripped file would have been welcome.
With the growing popularity of MP3 players and digital music, music is definitely moving from CD’s to hard disks and so, it’s great that such guides help in understanding the process and ensuring the best quality.