About a year ago I decided I wanted to create a "digital backup" of all my CDs so I could put the physical CD's in storage. At the time I backed up over 1,000 CDs in FLAC format, stored those on an external hard drive. Since they don't work with iTunes I also transcoded everything to AAC 256kbps so that I could have THOSE copies on iTunes and keep the FLACs as just a backup. Now I find myself wanting to have everything Lossless, all in one place (iTunes). Not FLAC + AAC... Just have everything ALAC, in one place, on my iTunes, etc... so I've been converting all my FLAC files to ALAC, but, and maybe this is me being crazy, despite the fact that everyone says the audio quality will be the same (remain lossless), I feel like the Apple Lossless files dont sound as good as the FLAC files. I know that doesn't make any sense, and maybe my ears are playing tricks on me. FLAC to ALAC should be the same right? No loss in audio quality... I took one of my FLAC albums and converted it to ALAC. I then pulled the actual physical CD out of storage and ripped it with iTunes directly as ALAC... when I play the "FLAC to ALAC" version, it sounds a little distorted to my ears... but when I play the version I ripped directly off the CD in ALAC thru iTunes, it sounds great! perfect. Also, the bitrates are different from one copy to the other... should they be the same? whether i grabbed it from the FLAC or ripped it from the CD as ALAC? I'm no audiophile so maybe I'm just crazy... anyone offer some help? I want to convert everything from FLAC to ALAC, but I want to make sure I will be retaining perfect "CD Quality".