As mentioned elsewhere, my old NAS was scrambled by a ransomware attack. Among other things, I had my entire music collection on there, largely CD rips. I still have the CDs down in the cellar, but they're difficult to get at, and I don't particularly fancy the idea of re-ripping everything, especially since I don't currently have a PC with a working Blu-ray/DVD/CD drive. However, I did copy most of the music onto my iPhone a while ago, and while this isn't my complete collection, it's most of the stuff from the CDs.
So here's my question: can I just get those files off the iPhone and get them back onto my PC, and more importantly, will there be any loss in quality, or have they already been converted from MP3 to whatever the iPhone uses and now they'd be converted back to MP3, which I can't imagine is a lossless process?
Alternatively, I could imagine culling my music collection somewhat and rebuying some of the music in digital format (in case something similar were to happen again), with the additional benefit that the quality of the digital tunes might be better than the MP3s I'd originally got off of the CDs. (I can't remember what bitrate they were.) If I were to do this, where's a good place to get music online that isn't shady but also offers good prices, and I can transfer the downloaded music onto my new NAS?
(I guess that somewhere in there there's also a question about Spotify & Co, and whether that might not be the better option altogether - but at this time I know very little about the Spotify model, so I'm pretty much clueless.)
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