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In Reply to: RE: Best sounding application I've heard on a Mac Mini... posted by Ivan303 on April 19, 2017 at 20:42:47
can iTunes play back FLAC? Ironically I've never used iTunes.
I have a lot of CDs ripped, I don't want to do that again.
I rip to AIFF using iTunes but I am pretty sure the Bit Perfect plug in allows iTunes to play Hi Rez and even DSD (I don't have a DSD DAC at the moment so I really don't know).
I can use iTunes with Bit Perfect and Audirvana but that's about all I know.
Could not believe Bit Perfect would sound better for $10 than Audirvana for quite a bit more?
Don't recall now.
ok, I'll have a look at HQ Player first.
I started ripping everything to FLAC over 10 years ago. This Macbook I have was my first Mac really since I had a Powerbook G4 that used an IBM PowerPC chip. I've always been Linux. I use Red Hat linux most of the time to get stuff done. When I surf the web I'm on a Chromebook Pixel.
Wonder what the folks at Google think of you music preferences.
If you use a Chromebook, the Google Guys know EVERYTHING you do! ;-)
I love the Google Guys, I just wish I would have invested in them before their stock went through the roof!
I have Google Music subscription too. The Chromebook Pixel can also run Android apps on it, for close to $1,500 it better :)
My music preferences are all over the place, one day Classical, the next day Death Metal. I like to branch out.
how come not? Is that the Apple walled garden? The OSX is fantastic though so I guess it is a tradeoff.
iTunes will not play FLAC but there are converters that will convert FLAC to AIFF or ALAC (which iTunes will handle). XLD comes to mind and works via a GUI or command line. I haven't used it in years. You can batch convert but be careful... experiment first with source and destination directories, and keep a copy of your originals totally separate in a safe place while experimenting.
I played with HQPlayer but hated the library management interface. It was clunky IMHO. HQPlayer can also be a CPU hog depending on the upsampling you choose.
I played with BitPerfect a few years ago and it locked up intermittently so I figured it wasn't ready for prime time. I haven't played with it since but I would expect that it has been fixed by now. Maybe iTunes + BitPerfect, assuming you batch convert your FLACs.
can iTunes play .wav? I can just run a FLAC -d on everything if it can.
I believe iTunes can play WAV but metadata might not be handled very well. I have no direct experience here as I have never tried WAV in iTunes.
A few links that I found.
WAV sounds great on PureMusic with ITunes as a library. Check out free samples from Blue Coast records for hi rez WAV. The meta data translation sucks and you can't use album art.
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