Hey John, did you get any input from Pioneer on why they don't have Apple Lossless or AIFF support? Are there firmware updates that could theoretically eliminate this? It seems like a big oops to design a device with a digital iPod dock, Air Play, and obvious integration with Apple/ iTunes/ iOS and not offer compatibility with Apple's own lossless codec or its most friendly cohort AIFF. Jochen Reinecke from Fair Audio said you can enable "transcoding" in your playback software and the N50 will convert formats on the fly.... but I am not sure how that would affect sound quality.... I know that playback happens from cached memory with a lot of playback software, and the signal is buffered and reclocked before it gets decoded.... but an extra step of processing doesn't seem ideal.... assuming you have playback software with this 'allow transcoding' feature. It just seems like someone stubbed their toe really bad in the design process. I was stoked when I heard about this unit with what seems like a pretty strong DAC and future proof connectivity. Now not so much.