I have several CDs and other FLAC collections (classical music but not only). I want to add them to my iTunes library but I am looking for some recommendations regarding how I should encode them in order to keep the best sound quality and without running out of disk space.
I found Max conversion tool for converting them but there are too many formats and configurations to choose from.
Also I do want to use a format that is able to use keep tags, like MP3.
The winning response should contain a numbered list of formats compatible with iTunes and iOS, ordered descending by the sound quality:
- Apple Looseless
- format X, (extension), bitrate, vbr
- format Y, (extension), bitrate, ...
Please specify the format name clearly, preferably including the codec, like "MPEG-4 AAC", "Apple Looseless", "MPEG-4 HE-ACC", "LAME MP3", "AAC ADTS", "MPEG-4 Audio versus Apple MPEG-4 Audio",