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As I understand it, iTunes doesn't do FLAK. But when I rip in FLAK using dBpoweramp, it asks if I want the files copied to iTunes. Does iTunes convert them to something other than FLAK? The HAP Transfer app seems able to find and transfer the files even if they aren't copied to iTunes. Bottomline: Is there any reason not to let dBpoweramp copy files to iTunes?
What dbpoweramp can do when ripping to a given format is automatically create a copy for i-tunes at the same time . You only need this if you use i-tunes e.g. if you have an i-phone and want to transfer the music to that.
If I understand your message you play your files from a Sony player.This will play files of many common formats , whether one of the Apple formats or FLAC, DSD etc.
i-tunes does not convert files per se , it is the Apple music management system which uses Apple's proprietory codecs for music files (AIFF, ALAC).
I have not heard of any downside to dbpoweramp creating that I-tunes copy but, as I have said, you only need it if you are a user of i-tunes. Of course if you let dbpoweramp create the i-tunes files which you are not going to use then there is a downside in storage terms.
BTW, it is FLAC not FLAK ( Free Lossless Audio Codec).
If dbpoweramp creates a FLAC and a file for iTunes, what file type and resolution is created for iTunes?
If the Sony knows "where to look" for files to be transferred, does it transfer just the FLAC, the iTunes file, or both?
I set the HAP Transfer app to send only FLAK files to the Sony HDD, so I assume that's what it's sending. The Sony HDD output is balanced to an Ayre K-5xeMP and VX-5 Twenty that drive a pair of KEF LS50s. The sound quality with 16 bit 0 compression FLAK files is quite good.
Ah, OK so you can specify which file types and where the Transfer App looks for the files.
I had the Sony HAP-S1 which uses the same tranfer app but that was quite a long time ago and I don't remember the particulars of how it worked. Thanks.
You can specify file types, not sure you can specify where the app looks for files, but it finds files ripped with dBpoweramp and not copied to iTunes. The files get transferred to a HAP-Z1ES via ethernet.
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