I have a large collection of CDs that I want to rip to a lossless format for use with a Sonos wireless home music system. I am looking for some advice on the following:
1. My collection is primarily classical music which I am finding extremely tedious to rip myself. The metadata databases available for free suck and I don't want to spend money finding out that the subscription ones are crap as well. I am considering using ReadyToPlay who charges $1.30 per CD, but guarantees consistent and accurate metadata. They are also familiar with Sonos and its limitations so that they can format the metadata usefully. For example, since you are allowed only one artist listing, they use the primary performer or the conductor. The album title is prefaced with the composer's full name so that searching works by Bach can be accomplished. Track data is not given at all. Has anyone had experience with ripping classical CDs or ripping services?
2. The gentleman at ReadyToPlay recommended that I have my CDs ripped to Apples' lossless format, instead of Windows or FLAC. His problem with Windows was that Sonos will not play it. So be it, easy elimination. I explained that I own no Apple devices (iPod, iPad, i-whatever) nor do I use iTunes to purchase nor manage my music. My MP3 player, a 8GB Sansa, plays FLAC and Mp3 fine, however it has not seen the light of day since I purchased my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G). I don't know if the phone will play Apple or FLAC, but I know it does MP3. Anyway, the lossless formats are so big, that I would probably convert them to MP3 for use on my phone. ReadyToPlay will put the collection in an additional format for a small fee. So how do I choose? Apple Lossless or FLAC? iTunes works on a Windows O/S and has become an industry standard. Does anyone have advice in this regard?
3. Sonos is a wirless home music system. It operates on it's own wireless network and allows you to have several receiving devices that can all play the same music, or different music according to zone. Does anyone one have experience with Sonos? What about another solution? I have three zones in my house that I wish to support.