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Originally Posted by FLACvest View Post

Here's some info on MediaMonkey and iTunes sync. There's A Plugin For That. wink.gif

 

http://www.mediamonkey.com/addons/browse/item/device-plugin-for-itunes/

 

I'm in the middle of reading the thread and don't recall if the device uses MSC or MTP for its USB mode, but if it is MTP, There's A Plugin For That, also:

 

http://www.mediamonkey.com/addons/browse/item/mtp-devices/


It looks like Media Monkey once again supports Apple products to synch music (which is very nice). This was an option long ago until Apple ruined it with their crumby updates. Now I may just go ahead and synch my iphone4 with music. Although I'll most likely never use it; it is nice to have a backup option just in case ;).


Edited by lee730 - 12/16/12 at 4:40pm
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Edited by AnAnalogSpirit - 2/27/14 at 12:22pm
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Interesting info, alas Windows-centric (tbc: nothing wrong with using Windows) I myself used foobar2000 for a quite few years when Windows was still my everyday OS, in part because it was/is so flexible.

 

On the OS X end of things, I'd very much recommend XLD (link) Despite the sparse look, it is very complete and regularly update incl. the de/encoder plugins. It can convert pretty much any format into any other format, exposes most settings in a corresponding easy-to-use preferences panel, lets you save those in selectable custom profiles, allows you to set file/folder-naming templates, uses a secure ripper tying into the AccuRip database, and has been adding support for more online resources to get album info & art etc.

 

It's very complete indeed, I'd never let iTunes do any of that. I have disabled all the iTunes management functionality and pretty much use it:

- to make small corrections to tagging etc. & make playlists ("smart" playlists can be surprisingly useful)

- since it's scriptable, there are quite a few of those available to add advanced functionality as in other more advanced managers. For example the "Embed Artwork" script ensures independence from iTunes artwork database, so that all my files are self-contained and can be used in Windows or Linux any time...

- as player with the BitPerfect plugin,

- most importantly, as the unavoidable transfer utility for iDevices

 

As far as ALAC goes, I think from a functionality POV it's every bit as good FLAC, and is supported in pretty much any software player in any OS at this point. Since Apple open-sourced & made it royalty-free last November there is no danger of it disappearing any more than FLAC. The only hitch is portable players which do not universally support it (like the AK100 at this time)

 

AAC I personally don't care about, from my listening experience an MP3 track encoded with a recent encoder at maximum quality (CBR or VBR) sounds every bit as good as the equivalent AAC file and has no trouble playing back on any iDevice as well as any other portable player under the sun.

 

Hey Grump, is there a XLD manual? Ive been able to convert from FLAC and WAV to ALAC but never was able to have the data (pix, naming, ETC) come with it.

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I personally never looked for one, but in my experience, if the info/artwork is embedded in the source file, it will be in the converted file. Keep in mind that formats like .wav or .aiff don't usually store metadata inside, and any associated info/art appearing in a player/manager is usually stored separately, and thus XLD wouldn't be aware of them... But since you're able to edit multiple tracks at once (after having them at least roughly filled in by FreeDB/CDDB) it usually hasn't been much of a hassle for me.

 

For what it's worth, converting my HD Tracks FLAC files into ALAC has so far transferred everything automatically, no problem.

 

Hm, so I just set up a little test run in XLD, transcoding a 94/24 album from ALAC back into FLAC and everything is still intact, metadata & artwork. So I'd say check the source files first, if the data is actually embedded. On a sidenote, using the highest compression level in FLAC managed to squeeze a few mb savings over the ALAC ones, but really given the filesizes involved, not much of a consideration.

 

Anybody using FLAC on the AK100: any issue with certain FLAC files or specific settings so far?


Edited by TheGrumpyOldMan - 12/17/12 at 12:02am
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dbpoweramp works on Macs and Windows, and can handle just about anything. It has, for me, also corrected corrupt files. Wouldn't use anything else. 

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dbpoweramp works on Macs and Windows, and can handle just about anything. It has, for me, also corrected corrupt files. Wouldn't use anything else. 

dbpoweramp, is windows only software.

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dbpoweramp, is windows only software.

 

My mistake. I saw that UPnP was available on Mac now. Thought dbpoweramp support was added, too. 

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My mistake. I saw that UPnP was available on Mac now. Thought dbpoweramp support was added, too. 

I wished it was...

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I'm a PC guy but XLD on MAC is an excellent alternative..

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It was asked in the one Amazon review if iRiver will consider making a model revision to remove the 22 ohm resistor/s at the HO.  This was the response:

 

"Thank you for your feedback! 

We are looking at all options at this moment and if there is a decision to release a revised version of the AK100, we will announce it at our website: www.iriverinc.com, www.astellnkern.com, and at our Facebook & Twitter feeds."

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Guys I will have a RWA iriver AK100 mod very soon. just placed order. Im hoping for the best!

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Guys I will have a RWA iriver AK100 mod very soon. just placed order. Im hoping for the best!
WooHoo!!! I can't wait!!! smily_headphones1.gif
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I head to head with a dx100 will be needed for sure. popcorn.gif
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Originally Posted by zachchen1996 View Post

I head to head with a dx100 will be needed for sure. popcorn.gif
More expensive than the DX100...it's $700 for the base unit & $320 for the mod (excluding shipping back 'n forth).

With that kind of price it'll be quite a serious investment. I'd say a head-to-head comparison with the Tera Player would be more accurate.
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More expensive than the DX100...it's $700 for the base unit & $320 for the mod (excluding shipping back 'n forth).
With that kind of price it'll be quite a serious investment. I'd say a head-to-head comparison with the Tera Player would be more accurate.


If you get the Tera player I want to borrow it! ;) lol

 

To be honest at some point I may very well just get it.

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