I need an advice on a small project I have and would appreciate any input.
I have a 6500/275 (128MB RAM) with a FM/TV tuner, S video and TV out and I would like to set it up (with a large HD) as a music box (hooked up to an amplifier). To do this, I also have a SoundBlaster Live! for Macintosh (I have actually never tried it, got it cheap on eBay long time ago).
I'm planning on using OS 8.6 (since I have it) but if there is a compelling reason, I could get 9.X.
So my questions are really regarding the audio part. Which format should I store the audio files (MP3 or AAC or something else) and which program can this old workhorse handle? What I would like to do is to make multiple play lists and be able to rather easily select them using the TV as a monitor. I would also like to keep the option open to upgrade the computer significantly later if I (and my wife really) like this (being able to pack all the audio CDs would be nice) so I'd like the audio format to be as good as possible (realising that the current computer may be a limiting factor here). Any comments regarding this would be appreciated.
On a side note, I'm also planning on running MAME and some old Mac games on this (Star Wars etc.) computer and use the TV as a monitor (have an old Firebird joystick for this).