I feel kind of lucky getting to rip my CD collection after so many developments in digital audio, but after tons of searching, forum reading, and tutorials, I'm not sure I have one complete picture. I can find resources that appear to be very authoritative, but then I'll notice that it might be from 2003 or so, and I wonder if I'm looking at outdated material. Here's what I'm wondering. (I'm starting off with CDs kept in very good condition for the most part. Most CDs are several years old...I'm not sure if that matters, whether CD technology has changed.) Anyway: 1. Is it true (or at least a consensus) that the best lossless format for PCs is .flac? It's my understanding that if I ever want smaller files to play on an iPod or such, I can always convert down to an .mp3, but I can never do a return to lossless. I just want to know if .flac is the way to go...or do I use .wav files or some other format. 2. If ripping my original CDs to digital (.flac?) files, is dbpoweramp the best? Is "native" .flac support important? I found a tutorial here on dbpoweramp, but even this easy-to-understand tutorial left me with questions and not knowing what settings to use for some items. If dbpoweramp is the way to go, where would I find the best setup tutorial or forum to ask questions along the way, if I need to. (I imagine the answer is AD.com, but I'm just want to confirm. 3. I'm really wanting rips that are as perfect as possible. I'm having a really hard time understanding how to run rips through accurip or accuraterip or something like that. I've done a lot of searching, but am still confused. For example, how do I run individual files against accurip? Is the typical check against accurip done by the program that rips...dbpoweramp, etc? 4. I saw some great reviews about Music Bee. Is this a good way to go for playback? Does dbpoweramp have its own player? etc etc Any suggestions would be great. I know these questions are answered in different places, but I'm just having that problem with putting the elements all together and then wondering if I have the most current info. I really would appreciate any help I can get. I've used AD for years, but just registered recently. So, I know the knowledge is out there. I just hope someone out there isn't completely sick of newbies after all these years. Thanks!