Thanks all. What you say makes a lot of sense. Will be getting my cds back from storage in the uk soon anyway
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... is there any point in using converters to get the files from mp3 to flac ...Not really. MP3s are compressed lossy files, and data once discarded cannot later be recovered from the same file.
I haven’t done much with trying to convert mp3 back to lossless, but I did experiment with one program a few years ago and couldn’t perceive any difference after doing the “conversion”. My gut feeling is once you have stored the files as mp3 the missing 93% of bits that have been discarded can’t be resurrected with any algorithm.
My advice is to enjoy your new portable player streaming Amazon High Rez and listening to your mp3 files, which will probably sound pretty good on the player. Buy a few High Rez downloads as funds allow and then re rip your CDs to FLAC when you return home. If you keep trying to push the genie back in the bottle you will be frustrated and it will take some of the pleasure out of owning the new player