Just curious here, I've got Jay Z's Gray Album, not something you can buy and just rip sadly, I'm sure your all aware of it. It is in FLAC and I need it ALAC for my iPod and iTunes.
I've got a conversion program, and I did some tests. I can hear no audible difference between the two files.
At FLAC it was actually 36% compressed and is now 35% compressed in ALAC form.
I've heard FLAC can be exported back to WAV with no loss. True? Cause I wonder if that is what my converter did? I can't figure any other explanation for the compression difference and slightly larger file size in ALAC (Apple Lossless m4a)
(I'm using Poinko soft Easy CD Extractor, seems to be a better job and the interface is nicer than dBpoweramp, to me anways)