My dedicated sound card is only for recording vinyl as it has a recording facility that allows it, It also sends a great signal to the amp from media player. I can also boost or eq using the soundcard but hardly ever bother especially when recording. If it sounded like it does on the record that's fine for me, as you've already said, old recording techniques were the sound that was recorded, why F**k with it.
Forgot to say I also encode CDs to WMA lossless for storage, not a bad format in my opinion for sound quality & saves you opening the Cd box all the time ha ha. Talk about lazy.
I really like Windows Media Player as a player, tried Winamp & a couple of others but MP is easier & does n extremely adequate job.
Totally agree with Itunes, made the mistake a long time back of having my music files re-organised into tracks & into folders I didn't even recognise by Itunes. Really fucked my collection up big style.
Give me good old Windows Explorer & a few hard drives, very easy indeed.
I used to have everything on WMA lossless myself, before I got the FLAC codec for WMP. At the time it was the best format built into WMP. Now FLAC is included in the version that comes with Win10. It is also the best format that can play in my Jeep with the UConnect system, which is actually Windows based.
And if I ever get my dream Maserati, it uses a tarted up version of the same UConnect system but with B&W speakers and a 900w Harmon Kardon amp so I can stay compatible.
I can dream...
I actually really like WMP as well, it's what I exclusively use, at first because of convenience because it cam with Windows, but still because it's actually really good for what I do. I too tried WinAmp and dbPowerAmp and a couple others that used lossless formats that seemed too obscure (like Orvis) so that they'd never be compatible with anything else but your own computer. The WMA interface is intuitive and easy. Ripping and organizing is a snap. I'm told dbPowerAmp has a much more accurate ability to rip lossless files but, to me, the interface is too much like needing to be an advanced user of MS Excel or Access. It's extremely powerful for organizing and editing metadata and such and can easily do batch conversion, it's best attribute. In fact if WMP could convert at all and especially batch convert, it would be extremely awesome.
I do lots of manual metadata editing in WMP. I'm always renaming files in a manner that allows them to play in order, important for concept albums such as The Wall, Operation Mindcrime, 6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulence so the tracks play in sequence. But I also make it so all the different artists' albums are organized by date of release and track numbers are changed to go from 1-250 if need be so I can listen to one artist, start to finish in chronological order. Takes a lot of time but I like listening and seeing the band progress through the years. Actually Neil Young and Bob Seger have so damn many albums that I have well over 200 files for each, nearly 250. 1-10 for the 1st album, 11-20 for the 2nd, 21-30 for the 3rd, etc.
And WMA is also the only format I know that allows multiple tags for genre. I can take a Jimi Hendrix file and tag it: Rock, Classic Rock, 60s, Acid Rock, American. Or a Bach file and tag it: Classical, Baroque. Or Tchaikovsky and tag him, Classical, Romantic. Or an Animals file and tag it: Rock, Classic Rock, 60s, British Invasion. Then I can opt to play only 60s music or only British Invasion music instead of making a monstrous living file for a playlist. I find it works great for playing specific moods I'm in, especially since the British Invasion spanned the 60s and 70s so I'm not stuck only listening to just 60s stuff. etc.