Ok, I'm through phase one of my digital music clean-up/reorganization. I copied everything from the computer that all my kids share for iTunes to another computer that doesn't have iTunes installed. I uninstalled Squeezebox Server from the original computer and installed it on my new location. I've deleted duplicate files and done some re-tagging. Whew!
I've realized that some of my music was ripped years ago at bit rates that I'm not too pleased with now - a lot is at 192 kbps VBR. Unfortunately, some is mp3 and some is m4a... yuck. My Amazon purchases are 256 kbps VBR with some (CBR). I know most of you don't like mp3, because it's lossy. Personally, I'm ok with 256 or higher, but considering that some time down the road I might acquire some nicer gear, should I begin re-ripping my favorite CDs to a lossless format? FLAC I guess?
Also, I'm tiring of EAC and Mp3tag, and thinking of going with the all-in-one solution a lot of you recommended - MediaMonkey - should I go free or drop $20 to get the full version?