FLAC/AAC question again (and bittorent)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by brn2rnjk1, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. brn2rnjk1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2008
    Can someone tell me if this is roughly correct.
    1. Once in AAC, since lossy, I cannot go to FLAC or any other true lossless.
    2. What is the storage size difference between FLAC and AAC.
    3. Do people normally convert FLAC from torrents to AAC or use a 3rd party app to play it iTunes.
  2. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
    1. While you can create a FLAC from an AAC, you are correct in surmising that it would do nothing to the sound quality, only increase the file size.

    2. The size will depend on the complexity of the music and stereo v. mono. On average though I think a FLAC is about three times the size of a 256 AAC/mp3 file.

    3. I think most iTunes users convert FLAC files, either to ALAC (Apple Lossless) or to AAC.
  3. brn2rnjk1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2008
    Thanks. I assume ALAC is larger than AAC for storage (more like FLAC?)
  4. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    The file size is almost equal. (ALAC vs. FLAC)

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