Hey everyone - kind of an old-school newb here so please forgive me, but I have listened primarily to CD's over the years. Ripped them all to iTunes a while back, but don't use it to listen to much. Now I want to. I always knew .mp3's lost quality, and have now learned more about lossless vs. lossy, etc. I'd like all my CD's in lossless format, if for no other reason than to have a good backup of the original quality (but hopefully because there will be a bit better quality of sound). So .I went to iTunes and under the "kind" column they all said AAC, so clearly I need to re-rip. OK fine. I heard and read XLD is good because it checks agains the AccurateRip database - good. Downloaded XLD, ripped 1 CD to try it out, choosing Apple Lossless in the preferences. This is a CD I originally had in iTunes, so now I can compare the sound quality (I think I do notice a difference!!!), and also how they appear on my computer. But here's what's weird .. Original file: - When I view through iTunes and add the "Kind" column, Kind says "AAC Audio File." - When I right-click on that file in iTunes, and click "Get Info," Kind says "AAC Audio File." - When I view the file through Finder, I right click and Get Info (the Get Info window looks different than it did in iTunes), double check the location is the exact same as the one I clicked in iTunes (to make sure it's the same file), Kind then says "Apple MPEG-4 audio." New file: Have not yet moved into iTunes library, but when I find it in Finder and click Get Info, Kind says "Apple MPEG-4 audio." So, it appears that it's the same Kind as the older AAC file. Now, I've read (I think) that both AAC and Apple Lossless are saved with .m4a extension, which is the case here, and I'm assuming that it's the .m4a that translated into "Apple MPEG-4 audio" as the Kind. The question I have is how can I actually confirm the the new .m4a file is in fact ALAC, as opposed to AAC? I know I know, I can verify my XLD setting does in fact say Apple Lossless, and of course I can look at the file size and see it's significantly larger than the iTunes AAC file (which it is), but in general, when looking at the "kind" of file, how in the world are you to know whether it's ALAC vs. AAC? Thanks for any info you can provide!