Don't fear compression

I'm going to return to lossy and lossless compression this week. A common concern I see about lossless audio is that it's a form of compression, and compression is bad because the original data is somehow lost.

Audio data is data like any other. It's important to remember that both lossy and lossless are types of compression. But, most importantly, compression can be achieved without loss of data. Therefore, lossless encoding audio can always be recovered to the original data.

Release 20180911

Spanner

This release by-and-large completes the new settings UI beta; it's functionally complete.

That isn't to say it's perfect, but now there's a larger button for existing users to enable the settings beta and send feedback about the new UI.

Release 20180828

Camels

In this build, work on the new settings page is continuing. Meanwhile, I've added a few fixes in the UI for the album oriented pages.

Which lossless format?

Lossless is best. Ensuring your music library is stored in as high a fidelity as possible is important to ensure playback quality, future flexibility and lower effort; never having to re-acquire music into a self stored collection.

There are costs: notably storage space. But when it comes to music files, storage capacity for large lossless libraries is well within the reach for most collectors, so it seems a no-brainer.

Perspectives

We're all familiar with things that are difficult to use, and I'd count music libraries as (potentially) one of the things. How is a music library used? Well, it's a combination of how easy it is to navigate, browse, search and play from a library.

Aside from the normal obvious stuff, like incomplete or inaccurate information, one reason a music library might be difficult to use is that it wasn't built for you.

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Dan Gravell

I'm Dan, the founder and programmer of bliss. I write bliss to solve my own problems with my digital music collection.