Originally Posted by wanderman
only the op and kees can veirfy these claims so continued speculation is pointless, and even if the files are being decoded improperly with the ipod it dosen't change the fact that the files are lossless on a pc and verified as so alac is still a good format to archive your music. If this is found to be true this is even more motivation to use an opensource codec with published decoding schemes compared to alac a closed source codec codec with a reverese engineered opensource decoder.
That is why I decided to use WAV for archive on my PC and FLAC for my X5, where size matters. (This was some time ago, maybe there are better options now that I am not aware of).