So I just recently got into this lossless audio thing and mostly buy my music from beatport, bandcamp, qobuz etc. Most of these stores have the option to download as FLAC file but beatport only offers MP3, WAV and AIFF.
So I downloaded everything in WAV and now want to convert all songs into FLAC. I just made a quick test with compression set to 0 and one with set to 8.
With compression set to 8, I saved 4 MB on this specific track but the bitrate is lower than the bigger file. I know that this does not mean, that the quality is worse. Lossless = Lossless. But why exactly is it lower? What does a bitrate really state when it comes to a lossless file?
Also, since I'm mostly going to listen to my music on my portable player, the smaller the file the better. But a lot of people say that the encoding time will be longer the higher the compression level.
Does that mean I'll only have to wait longer on my PC until the WAV is converted to FLAC? Or will my portable player also have "longer" to decode/play such a file?
Thanks for any tips.
PS: I use foobar2000 for converting the files.