Originally Posted by Bremen Cole
Your DRM free digital song will play fine in 20 years,. A silly piece of plastic...... not so much....
Remember 78 RPM albums? Of course you don't.... that's my point.
Remember 33 1/3 RPM albums? Maybe, listen to any lately?
Remember 45 RPM singles? Maybe, listen to any lately?
Digital can be converted to whatever the next format is.... and thus played on future players. CD's are a wastedof money.... they wear out, warp, oxidize.... etc.
No, no, NO!
MP3 is a licensed format, so I would not expect companies to continue paying for the privilege of using an inferior codec forever. But besides that, MP3 and AAC, the two dominant formats for digital music, are lossy formats. You CANNOT convert these to another file and maintain the integrity of the music. It's like transferring analog tapes, the quality degrades with every successive copy.
CDs can be reripped to the new format whenever you take the box out of the basement, or you can rip to FLAC and transcode from there as others have stated.