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In Reply to: RE: Best sounding application I've heard on a Mac Mini... posted by bullethead on April 19, 2017 at 20:46:38
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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