OT Question on audio downloads from youtube

VeniVidiVideo venividivideoed at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 18:29:34 EDT 2020

As you suspect, there is no value in losslessly re-encoding something that is already lossy encoded.  If the re-encoding process is perfect you'll still just end up with a perfect copy of the original lossy recording.

Using youtube-dl with appropriate parameters should get you as good as you can get.  Same with JDownloader2.


> On Sep 21, 2020, at 5:56 PM, budge <ajebay at errichel.co.uk> wrote:
> Please forgive the OT question but I am seeking advice on sensible download format for saving the audio from youtube videos which are available to supplement specific items from my early music collection.
> My preferred solution is to download the audio using youtube-dl and I know I could then encode the file as a flac file but this creates huge files, albeit lossless, so my question is, is there any point in doing this if the initial audio quality is limited by the youtube video recording system bit rate?  Also, as a more senior citizen, I believe I am unlikely to be able to hear the difference between the flac and other options.
> I know there are members in this group who have significant knowledge and experience in these matters and I am hoping for suggestions for the best format for my purposes.
> Budge.
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