I found that Microsquash has a web site dedicated to showing how superior WMA is to MP3. Their MP3 samples sound like the musicians are playing in a bucket. The WMA samples all sound phenomenal.
I conducted my own test. I pasted together 10 second snips from Rachmanioff's Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor riped as MP3, WMA 96 kbps and WMA 64 kpbs.
I played that snip over and over but I couldn't tell the difference on my computer. Of course, my computer isn't a high end stereo but then neither is my car stereo.
Any thoughts on this issue?
I realized that I can fit much more onto my Clip if I either use WMA format or change the MP3 bit rate.
At what point will I start noticing a difference with either the little ear buds or on my car stereo?