After going through hoops to get my music from iTunes into my Media Center UI it got me thinking about music formats. When I started with my iPod, I chose M4A because it enabled me to save space on my iPod. iTunes now has a facility to transcode songs down to a smaller size when it syncs to save space. Media Player can also do that which is important for my Samsung YH-999 Portable Media Center (http://product.samsung.com/cgi-bin/nabc/product/b2c_product_detail.jsp?eUser=&prod_id=YH-999GS%2fXAA). That set me wondering whether I might just be better creating high quality MP3s for my server and then just letting them be transcoded down when I sync. Of course, I have to figure out exactly how I'm going to create those high quality MP3 files as well as what "high quality" really means. Maybe I could even go lossless?
I'll keep you posted.