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ALAC vs. FLAC

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by jonasras, Mar 5, 2013.
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  1. nelamvr6
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  2. skamp

    Wrong, your beloved Rockboxed Clip+ will play them, no problem. There are also free decoders for all computer platforms (ffmpeg is one of them), so you can later convert them to FLAC or whatever.

    Edit: foobar2000 on Windows and DeadBeef on linux also have native ALAC support, to name just those two.
     
  3. joseph69
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    Thank you very much for this info and your input, and also the website that you provided for me. Thank you.
     
  4. joseph69
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    Thanks for the guide on how to get into the menu settings so I can begin converting, and also the website that you provided. Thank you.
     
  5. jaddie
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    Also look around for XLD, which converts FLAC to anything.  
     
  6. scuttle
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    ..That's an interesting option; the last time I checked ALAC support on Rockbox it was flakey, but looking at the codecs page it seems to be mature now.
     
  7. nelamvr6
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    Those Rockbox guys are a hard working bunch! 
     
  8. scuttle
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    Yes, but you have to wonder at their sanity... Checking the codecs page http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SoundCodecs there's all sorts of crazy stuff. A plug-in for playing midi is semi-sane - this means playing real midi using a software synth inside of rockbox rather than recordings made from midi - but support for sid? Which is "music from Commodore 64 games and other productions" - is their sub-culture of people who listen to music from 1980s 8-bit computer games and who refuse to use recordings because that wouldn't be in the right spirit? So someone hacked rockbox so it can read these files directly and synthesize the soundtrack to Star Raiders???
     
  9. nelamvr6
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    They embody the spirit of the primal hackers!  If the hardware can support a codec, you should be able to use it by gawd!  [​IMG]
     
  10. OceanGuru
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    This. Of course it isn't just codecs. A person could get lost for days in the settings menu Rockbox provides exploring all the tweaks.
     
  11. hogger129
     
    They both do the same thing, though it seems there is more support for FLAC than Apple Lossless.  Make sure you use a secure ripper when you create the lossless file, and I'd say use whatever your devices support more.
     
    FWIW, there is an app in the iTunes Store to play FLAC on an iPod; so I'd probably suggest using FLAC instead of Apple Lossless.
     
  12. kyo9112
    Isnt AIFF better than ALAC?
    I get confused here
     
  13. noahbickart
     
    Nope.
     
    They are the same.
     
    Bit for bit identical in fact.
     
  14. whocaifeng
    good,Saint Steven is still trying to protect his children from FLAC, even from beyond the grave.
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  15. hogger129
     
    In terms of the sound quality, AIFF = ALAC.  AIFF has more support across more devices, but ALAC uses less space.  I would just use whatever your playback devices support.
     
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