ALACs and FLACs......What?
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To head-fiers that have multiple daps, I have an obvious and possibly stupid question that I need to confirm.  Can you play ALAC files on non apple devices?  Or does that have an Apple encryption preventing us from playing it outside their devices.  My only dap is an Apple ipod classic (120gb) so I can't test it if it works or not
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To my knowlege there is no encryption per se but most competing players (such as the zune or sony players) prefer not to support it, as if it becomes an industry standard then that just further solidifies the iPod's dominance in the market.  Converting Apple Lossless to Flac is simple.  Use XLD on a mac or dbPoweramp (should have an add on compatibility pack for m4a) for windows.
 
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To my knowlege there is no encryption per se but most competing players (such as the zune or sony players) prefer not to support it, as if it becomes an industry standard then that just further solidifies the iPod's dominance in the market.  Converting Apple Lossless to Flac is simple.  Use XLD on a mac or dbPoweramp (should have an add on compatibility pack for m4a) for windows.


 
Thanks, I'm trying to stay away from the Apple devices since they don't support FLAC(I've got a lot of CDs that needs re-ripping) but other non Apple daps support it but don't support ALAC.
 
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I'm seriously considering it but I need more space. I currently maxed out my 120gb ipod with 192-320 kbps files.  Might go with Archos' 500gb DAPs or upgrade my ipod's hdd then Rockbox it

 
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Logitech products like the Squeezebox support them, so it stands to reason that there should be some portable players out there that would support it too.  I guess your best bet is just to do a search on Google and find out.
 
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