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Another Music Bit Rate Question

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by bobby_w, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. bobby_w

    bobby_w Alienigena Platinum Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    South of Houston
    I just ordered the new Creative Labs Zen Micro MP3 player. I do a lot of world travel and want to take some music with me. Mid-East radio is terrible.


    What bit rate should I be ripping my CD collection at for this device? I never listen to MP3's on my PC as I have a 300 CD Pioneer player for my home stereo. I want to rip just for the Zen Micro MP3 player only.

    I have about a terra byte of storage with my home PC's and servers so space is not a problem. I've been an IT nerd for 20 years, just not a music ripping nerd.

    I have Nero 5.5 and 6.6 to use as the ripper.

  2. Halo

    Halo Millennium Member

    Nov 2, 1999
    Charlotte, NC
    For your purposes on a portable player, somewhere between 128-192kbps should be fine.

  3. DragonRider


    Jun 6, 2002
    I generally rip at 160 or 192. I only plan on ripping a cd once and I keep a backup on my server, so I might as well make it a good copy. It does take up a bit more space.

    In your situation, I would rip once at the higher and resample at a lower bit rate to fit more music on the player since you are going to be out of contact with your computer possibly.

    Just an idea.

  4. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    Billings, Montana
    I'd recomend 64 or 96 bit rate WMA rather than MP3

    96kbps WMA sounds really quite good for the file size