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11-07-2004, 16:50
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.


11-07-2004, 17:27
For your purposes on a portable player, somewhere between 128-192kbps should be fine.

11-07-2004, 19:22
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.


11-07-2004, 23:13
I'd recomend 64 or 96 bit rate WMA rather than MP3

96kbps WMA sounds really quite good for the file size