Re:Transferring CDs to MP3 vs. WMA vs. OGG ... etc....???
If you are backing up your entire music collection, then sound fidelity should be your top priority. everything else is secondary. Especially if you are going to be getting rid of your CDs, as you stated. I would suggest sticking with a lossless compression format (mp3, wma, ogg, etc. are all lossy compressors). here's a page, albeit slightly outdated, which reviews many of the different lossless codecs:
My personal favorite is FLAC : http://flac.sourceforge.net/features.html
besides being open-source, it's one of the few lossless audio compressors that has some hardware support. and, even if the hardware you have doesnt support flac, you can easily decode the flac files back to standard pcm wav files that are EXACTLY, bit-for-bit, the same as the originals. you can then convert the decoded file into anything your hardware does support (mp3, ogg, wma, etc.).
As far as longevity, there's no such thing. Hard drives die, CD-R's/DVD+-Rs become unreadable after several years, media formats get replaced with new ones, etc. You will most likely have to take your backups you create now and re-back them up sometime down the road. But if you have an identical copy of the original (via lossless codecs) your new back-ups will be starting off with all the original data.
Personally, i would never get rid of my CDs. What i do with all my CDs (i have close to 3000) is i immediately make a copy of the disc into mp3 format using EAC (card/freeware) on secure mode, and LAME 3.90 with its "--alt-preset standard" setting. See this forum : http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?showtopic=478&
for more information on LAME versions and advanced settings.
This gives me an extrmemly high quality vbr mp3. I then take the original CD and store it away where the kids, dogs, etc. cant get to it. I use the mp3s to listen to or make additional CD copies to play in the car or home theater. if i ever destroy or lose the mp3s, I've always got the original to go back to and make another copy. But because the original isnt flying around the floor of my car, I never have to worry about it getting scratched up beyond readability.
anyway, thats my 2...
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