Originally Posted by FatmanSize48
Sorry--I meant to ask why you wouldn't "downconvert" all of your "HD" music to 16/44.1 for portable use.
I do have Redbook (16 bit) versions of my hi-rez albums, I put ALAC encoded versions of those on my iPod for efficient use of it's 120GB storage space. In almost all cases they aren't downsampled versions of the hi-rez file, they are CD rips and thus likely a different mastering etc... but I won't stoop to MP3 or any other lossy compression in order to fit the whole library. I have a different solution for that.
The iPad2 is a different story in that it is the 16GB model, so not much of my music library will fit in that limited storage space anyway, even at 16 bit ALAC file sizes.
With the iPad2 I tend to load a handful of hi-rez albums at a time, and then swap them out for something fresh once listened to. I also do that just to experiment with some of the newer apps like CanOpener and Onkyo HF Player, as well as the CCK into an outboard DAC.
In the event I need maximum carry bag space for other items or I'm traveling the very lightest possible, I just use my Nokia Lumia 822 smart phone to stream files from my home library using the excellent Plex app. However that involves Plex transcoding to MP3 by default in my case, because Windows Phone 8 doesn't support ALAC or FLAC files. That's my full library solution, the files aren't resident on the device at all.
And that's OK too, the price paid for packing light, and still similar resolution as offered by Pandora One for instance, it'll have to do in some cases.
Or if I have the room and inclination to carry the iPad2, it also has the Plex app and it does support ALAC files, so long as there is an adequate WiFi or 3/4G connection available I can access the full library in lossless 16 bit resolution with no transcoding that way (but Plex doesn't currently support hi-rez files).
Edited by MikeyFresh - 3/30/14 at 10:03am