I'm thinking about spending some time re-ripping my CDs. The last time I did this was a while ago when I was somewhat limited in Hard Drive space. So I encoded all my music at a somewhat thrifty 160kb mp3 files.
I'm no longer worried about hard drive space but rather quality, so I want to re-import my music at higher bit rates and possibly better encoding formats, but I'm worried about interoperability - I don't want to be stuck only listening to my music from my computer with only one program.
In my current set up I can listen to my music:
- on my computers as well as on my 360 and ps3 through streaming with windows media player sharing/windows media center.
- on my TiVos through TiVo Desktop
- on my phone (a Blackjack II) when I sync to it through WMP.
This is one of the many reasons I've stuck with mp3, because the tivo desktop is the lowest common denominator that only plays mp3. But I'm curious about other possibilities (I've had some music shared to me in OGG format and have had success getting it to play in one computer but not streamed).
I'm also interested about what's the best way to encode if I do stick with MP3. Should I stick with high static bitrates (thinking about going with 320kb), or should I do VBR? Again, size is not an issue, only quality and interoperability - I remember some years ago some software and PMP's still had problems with VBR, is that still much of an issue today?