Originally Posted by musicheaven
I did get some from them and it's convertible to other formats, you don't loose gapless by converting it. I have some MP3, MP4a AAC files as well I believe pretty much all kind of formats which none of them played without that one second delay so this seems to be an expected behavior. I believe the DX50 had no problems recognizing them so far I can play them all, the only file format I can't play on my iPhone are the FLACS which I also have on the DX50 and they play just fine in the RockBox iPod 5th Gen no gaps whatsoever there. So as you can see I was shocked to see that we needed to set the gapless function on the player I thought that came out of the box like the latest Apple products. Anyway Let's not spend much time on that I believe we have extended the subject ad nauseum. I am not going to loose sleep over gapless.
I take a different view on gapless. If it doesn't work, the player is usless to me. Total dealbreaker. So I would lose plenty of sleep over it. Had a bought a Colorfly C3 without first reading up on it her on Head-Fi, it would have been in the trash can within minutes, which is exactly where the Oppo player I bought a few years ago went when it refused to play gapless.
However, I'm only concerned with FLAC (and I suppose WAV) files.
I believe the formats you mention above (mp3, mp4, AAC) are all lossy formats. Most of them do not have native support for gapless. I know mp3 did not when it was deveoped. Some time later, new codecs were released that support gapless mp3s. To get gapless mp3 playback, the files must be encoded with a specific codec that supports gapless, and then played back with a player (or plugin) that supports that codec. I didn't pay much attention to it because I very rarely use lossy formats.
As I said, I use only FLAC and occasionally WAV files. If I receive files in another format (like APE or SHN, which I consider long dead formats), I immediately convert them to FLAC. FLAC has native gapless support (as any format should if it's truly a lossless format). So there is no reason for any competently designed player to have difficulty playing those files back without adding gaps between tracks.
I think what may be going on with the files you bought on iTunes is due to the conversion process. If you converted those proprietary Apple format files to another file format (like FLAC or mp3), the gaps may have been caused by the software you used to perform the conversion. You state above that "you don't lose gapless by converting," but what makes you so sure of that? If you're converting from any file format to mp3, the resulting mp3 files will probably have gaps (unless the encoder specifically supports gapless mp3 encoding).
Edited by jj69 - 12/14/13 at 6:36pm