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flac lossy/lossless playback
slim007
post Mar 11 2014, 10:19
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1. Flac is a compressed file. (i.e. A compressed version of a file format that is supported by Apple or Microsoft hardware and licensed by them.)

2. Flac has to be uncompressed to be useable (i.e. turned back into a file format that is supported by Apple or Microsoft hardware and licensed by them.)

Due to the conflict between the free part of Free Lossless Audio Codec and the not-so-free licensing part of the Apple or Microsoft file formats.
Are all forms of .flac playback really a lossy conversion of the .flac to .mp3 on the fly?
And are we therefore hearing a lossy playback sourced from a lossless file?

I have around 500GB of music. About 75% of it .flac.
I stream to my phone via Subsonic, which converts on the fly to mp3 320. At least the Subsonic developer is being honest about it.
I have an app on my Windows phone that plays flac, but nowhere to they disclose how that is accomplished. And it's a free app. I'm betting mp3 on the fly.
I stream via WHS to a Dennon A/V unit at home. Dennon does not disclose how they are playing the flacs. I suspect mp3.
I have a free plug in for Window's Media Player. Again, I'm thinking it's just uncompressing flac to mp3 on the fly.

I sought out .flac versions (if I could) of everything as I acquired it. Now I'm starting to wonder if I was duped into something not completely but mostly pointless.

I'm going wobbly on the whole .flac thing. I need some clarification and encouragement.
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- slim007   flac lossy/lossless playback   Mar 11 2014, 10:19
- - Garf   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 10:19) (i.e...   Mar 11 2014, 10:42
|- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (Garf @ Mar 11 2014, 04:42) QUOTE (...   Mar 11 2014, 13:45
|- - slim007   QUOTE (Garf @ Mar 11 2014, 04:42) QUOTE (...   Mar 11 2014, 17:36
|- - dhromed   QUOTE uncompressing flac to mp3 on the fly. This ...   Mar 11 2014, 17:48
||- - slim007   QUOTE (dhromed @ Mar 11 2014, 11:48) QUOT...   Mar 11 2014, 20:08
||- - saratoga   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 14:08) QUOT...   Mar 11 2014, 20:13
||- - evereux   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 20:08) Howe...   Mar 11 2014, 20:25
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 11:36) QUOT...   Mar 11 2014, 17:48
||- - slim007   QUOTE (saratoga @ Mar 11 2014, 11:48) No ...   Mar 11 2014, 20:23
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 16:36) Than...   Mar 11 2014, 17:50
||- - slim007   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Mar 11 2014, 11:50) Fr...   Mar 11 2014, 20:31
||- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 19:31) QUOT...   Mar 12 2014, 12:22
|- - skamp   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 17:36) Howe...   Mar 11 2014, 18:41
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 10:36) Digr...   Mar 11 2014, 19:14
|- - slim007   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Mar 11 2014, 13:14...   Mar 11 2014, 20:43
|- - skamp   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 20:43) I do...   Mar 11 2014, 21:02
||- - drfisheye   QUOTE (skamp @ Mar 11 2014, 21:02) You ma...   Mar 22 2014, 02:38
|- - kornchild2002   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 13:43) Howe...   Mar 11 2014, 22:19
|- - AliceWonder   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 12:43) QUOT...   Mar 21 2014, 19:22
|- - includemeout   QUOTE (slim007 @ Mar 11 2014, 16:43) But ...   Apr 13 2014, 19:30
- - Case   Where did you come up with the licensing idea? FLA...   Mar 11 2014, 10:47
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Case @ Mar 11 2014, 10:47) Where d...   Mar 11 2014, 15:23
- - Neuron   Why are some people under the impression that mp3 ...   Mar 11 2014, 15:46
- - kornchild2002   I understand why people think that mp3 is a generi...   Mar 11 2014, 17:21
|- - Neuron   My point was, FLAC is playable on a 486. If it in ...   Mar 11 2014, 18:46
|- - collector   QUOTE (Neuron @ Mar 11 2014, 09:46) FLAC ...   Apr 13 2014, 13:45
- - yourlord   Your understanding of basic digital audio is terri...   Mar 11 2014, 18:48
- - Porcus   WMA is hardly maintained nowadays, in particular t...   Mar 11 2014, 19:55
- - Neuron   The point is, FLAC playback on anything other than...   Mar 11 2014, 21:06
- - detmek   slim007, FLAC is free lossless audio codec (that i...   Mar 11 2014, 23:36
- - yourlord   Subsonic can be configured to transcode on the fly...   Mar 12 2014, 00:06
|- - probedb   QUOTE (yourlord @ Mar 11 2014, 23:06) As ...   Mar 12 2014, 09:28
- - skamp   If Neil Young has his way, FLAC will become standa...   Mar 21 2014, 20:00
- - db1989   I’m just going to add another misunderstandi...   Apr 13 2014, 14:53


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