Is there a tool I can use to convert my archive of music from AAC and MP3 to FLAC?
I've wanted to archive my music in an accessible (open source) format after reading Mark Pilgrim's blog post
about moving to open source technology. After extensively reading this Ask MeFi thread
, I think I've settled on encoding the music files I have now into FLAC files.
But, I am a lay person concerning matters of music, audio and encryption. Is FLAC the encoding I want? What KBPS would be good for CD quality music? Or do I want better than CD quality music? Also will FLAC lose the album information (song title, artist, composer, track 1 of *, &c.), lyrics and album art, or retain that information?
Before I jump into this project of reorganizing and archiving my music (which wasn't really organized or archived to begin with), I just wanted to get feedback from audiophile Mefites if this is the way to go. I don't want to dive into converting all these music files, only to realize I've degraded the music, &c.
And what tool could I use to do this? I'm running Mac OS X 10.4. Thanks for the advice.