I never played around with my TRAMP configuration and always used /ssh: with x-f and just Dired to the host.
I want to download folders of flac files to work (large files, each one is around 20MB).
I understand I can simply use /scp: instead of /ssh: and it works just the same.
a. Is this correct or it's not considered good practice in Emacs, and why?
b. Is there a built-in option to automatically configure it to switch to scp when I try to transfer?
@jrss I know nothing about emacs, but the best way I know to do what you want is rsync, something like
rsync -av me@remote:/path/to/dir ~/myflacs
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