$1000+ iPhone doesn't have native Flac support

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by UBS28, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Come on Apple, it's 2016. I still have to rely on 3rd party apps to listen to Flac and DSD files? Update your music app.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    That's not the way things are heading and it's been that way for a long time. There are other options which I'm sure your aware of.
  3. G.McGilli macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2015
    I'm just going to assume that you spend time on sites like Head-Fi - where DSD etc players are all discussed in depth. And, then as you know - most of the portable players for high resolution music cost as much, or more than an iPhone - and they don't make phone calls...

    And add to that the cost of portable amps most of those people pair with their DAP.

    Sure there are cheaper options for phones, and for DAP's - but really - i don't think Apple could introduce any kind of High Res capabilities to any of their phones and not get crucified by 'audiophiles'. And 'normal' people wouldn't know what it is, and wouldn't want to pay extra for it....

    That said - as a High Resolution Music consumer myself with some nice high end gear - I'd love for Apple to start offering Hi-Res audio downloads to compete with other sites out there...
  4. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Neither windows PC's nor Macs play common video formats natively. Download the right program. It's always been this way.
  5. mjschabow macrumors 68000

    Dec 25, 2013
  6. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
  7. Deeznuts. macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2015
    Queens, NY
    People start these threads for what reasons? To be recognized? To make friends? Come on, get a life.
  8. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    As if you will get the full advantage of flac using earphones!
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  10. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Headphones can be as detailed as the best speakers. The OP didn't say they were using earphones specifically.
  11. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    My iPhone doesn't play vinyl records either. :(

    C'mon Apple!
  12. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    What, maybe 1 person out of 100000 knows and cares about FLAC files? Why would Apple try to appeal to that tiny fringe group?

    Should they add language support for Old Norse too?
  13. warnerve macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2014
    You are probably wasting your time with flacs, Spotify 320kbps is 99.9% similar and 99.9% of the people can't distinguish any difference at all when you do abx tests. Also most of the people who thinks that there is any difference doesn't know about placebo

    There are $2000+ DAC/Amps out there on Amazon just for people who believes that uber expensive audio gear makes their music sound incredible.

    The DAC on the iPhone sounds 99.9999% just as good as a $2k Sennheiser DAC, with flac or mp3
  14. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Ooh. That would be cool.

    We could type with FUTHARK runes!
  15. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Sadly, the iPhone's muddy reproduction doesn't even sound as good as a £25 Sansa Clip+. You don't have to spend ££££ to get decent sound out of an MP3 player. As for the OP's rant, iPhones support the older ALAC standard, which Apple opened up a while back. No need to use FLAC and no biggie to convert to ALAC without sound degradation.
  16. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
    Now, this is just unreal. You obviously don't have a clue what you are talking about :)

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