Any lossless codecs usable on the iPod?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by shadowdude77, May 9, 2008.

  1. shadowdude77 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    Are there any lossless codecs that can be used on the iPod? I've seen methods of converting things such as .flac and other lossless codecs into .aac or .mp3 to then sync onto the iPod, but is there any way to have an actual lossless codec played on the iPod (a good chunk of my songs are in .flac and I don't like having the quality reduced)? I don't think that it would destroy battery life that much on the Touch to have larger files since it's flash memory based and it wouldn't take up battery since there are no spinning parts, right? Thanks in advance.
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    And AIFF. Don't forget about that.
  4. shadowdude77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    Wow, thanks for the really quick reply! Sorry I didn't check, I guess I should have done that first. But I still have another question; by using these larger, higher quality codecs, would a flash- memory based player such as the Touch be affected in terms of battery life? Because I would think not, since the whole reason HDD based players such as the iPod Classic lost battery life was because it had to spin the HDD more often. Also, is there any lossless codec that would work better than others with the Touch? Thanks in advance for answers.
  5. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    And WAV as well!

    So the iPods support three different lossless formats.
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Apple Lossless is the preferred one. And yeah, I think it will have a negative impact on battery life -- there will be more flash access per unit time of listening on lossless than on AAC or MP3, just because the bitrate is so much higher. As far as I know, the power consumption associated with flash memory is still based on the amount of reading/writing that goes on, even though there is "nothing spinning."

    I don't know how substantial the battery cost is, though.
  7. shadowdude77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    Okay, thanks. I'm going to convert my .flac's to Apple Lossless now. I guess I could put up with the loss in battery life, though. I charge the iPod daily, and I've gotten used to the backlight being on the lowest setting, so 99% of the time it should get me through a day.

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