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How can I put ALAC on an ipod?

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Hey guys, I'm new here, and I was wondering if I could get some advice on how to put apple Lossless (ALAC) files onto my ipod nano. I've been looking to buy my first pair of high quality headphones (been looking at sennheiser 380 pros, if anyone's had any experience with those) for the start of college and I realized that to get the most out of them, my music needs to be higher quality than standard old ACC. So to prepare myself I updated my favorite albums to Lossless format using the iTunes decoder. When I tried putting these onto my ipod, however they converted back to regular old 200 something kps, which is definitely not what I want. So I did some digging, and tried to put the files (still in ALAC) onto my ipod directly from my computer, in hopes that by bypassing iTunes I could retain the Lossless format. This, however, did not work. My ipod seems to register these files taking up memory, but does not show them under music or allow me to play them. Any tips? I would just use my phone for music but with an Android & not a huge amount of memory to spare, it seems that I'm stuck with Apple for the time being.
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How exactly are you getting these ALAC files? From what you've written, it seems that you are merely up converting your old 256kbps songs to ALAC...which is a no no for better audio quality. These files should sound any different, and instead simply take up more storage space.

To put any ALAC files you might acquire, just go through the exact same process as you would for any other format. There is no special option for ALAC--iTunes sticks it on your iPod as just another album. Just be sure not to check "downconvert all higher bit rate files to 256kbps."
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Hey, thanks for the quick response. Actually most of my music comes from cds (or at least, the albums that I love and want to listen to in high quality). However, when I burned these cds I imported them first in ACC, since I didn't know the difference at the time, then several weeks ago copied those files into Lossless. If I want an improvement in sound quality then, do I need to reimport these cds directly into Lossless so the files are never compressed into acc the first place (sorry that was kind of on a tangent from my 1st question, but there's still a lot I don't understand)
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I have no solution to offer yet, but what software did you use to convert the FLAC to ALAC?

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Originally Posted by Intothewreck View Post

Hey, thanks for the quick response. Actually most of my music comes from cds (or at least, the albums that I love and want to listen to in high quality). However, when I burned these cds I imported them first in ACC, since I didn't know the difference at the time, then several weeks ago copied those files into Lossless. If I want an improvement in sound quality then, do I need to reimport these cds directly into Lossless so the files are never compressed into acc the first place (sorry that was kind of on a tangent from my 1st question, but there's still a lot I don't understand)

You need to re-import the CDs; you cannot extract more information from an already compressed file. Imagine the audio signal to be a flat piece of paper. Once you compress it the first time, the data present resembles a crumpled paper; it remains in that state or gets further crumpled as you re-compress the file more. 

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