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Don Cox wrote:

In a plain WAV or AIFF file, if one bit is corrupt, it will just give a
small click (which can be repaired), and has no effect on any other
samples. In a compressed file, any fault can affect a whole sequence of
samples, or even make the file unreadable from that point to the end.

In a plain WAV or AIFF file, if one bit is corrupt the file will have a CRC error and be impossible to transfer to a player, another device, or anywhere else. In a sense, absence of that limitation is an *advantage* for CD-DA, though the greater probability of error and other factors more than compensate for that dubious benefit.

I use lossless compression in part to be able to maintain an accurate version of a CD-DA on a CD-ROM. Both the difference in size of the CD-DA stream and its WAV/AIFF image and the desire to include text, graphics and related material dictate reducing the size of the audio image. APE does that just fine.

Not all retained versions of audio files are on hard drives.


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