FLAC vs Apple Lossless

Discussion in 'iPod' started by alembic, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. alembic macrumors member

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    Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere but I'm planning to rip my CDs and wanted to know, other than not being supported by iTunes, what are the pro/cons for FLAC over Apple Lossless? I'd create MP3 or AAC copies to run on an iPod but the lossless files would be played over a slimdevice unit (or something similar). Thanks.
     
  2. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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  3. alembic thread starter macrumors member

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  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Other than not being supported by iTunes, and not being playable on an iPod or iPhone, there isn't much wrong with FLAC compared to Apple Lossless. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, it's a shame. And I've got this nasty feeling that Apple don't care and won't do anything about it, despite increasing number of artists producing FLAC releases. Apple are no strangers to Not Invented Here.
     
  7. alembic thread starter macrumors member

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    It doesn't concern me that FLAC isn't supported by iTunes or that the files aren't playable on Apple devices. It seems as an archival format, it's got more options and utlities exist that can convert these files to MP3 or AAC copies for low-fi applications.
     
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    and is slow, doesn't allow album art, doesn't allow certain tagging, giant file sizes... need I go on?
     
  10. wpc33 macrumors 6502

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    I had hundreds if gigs worth of AIFF for years. When I finally converted it all to ALAC, I had much more drive space.
    Stay away from AIFF in your digital collection. If you lose your iTunes Library, or port any files at any time, there will be no tags whatsoever, unlike ALAC.
    Plus, is you download FLAC, (I bought the new David Byrne/Brian Eno album off their site in FLAC) you can convert FLAC to ALAC in one click with XLD, and maintain the full FLAC tags.
     

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