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FLAC on Android, Is it worth the trouble to listen to FLAC on a android phone?
bsiffredi
post Nov 7 2011, 16:24
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Hello, everyone

I'm new here, so I'd like to first congratulate everyone that participates in these discussions, because I think it's important stuff.

So, here's the topic:

I have bought my first smartphone recently, it's a Samsung Galaxy Ace running Android 2.3.4 (I guess they call it Gingerbread). I want to use it as a music player, so I'm trying out different players available, like WinAmp and PowerAmp. Until now, I was able to play FLAC files only using PowerAmp.

My question is:

Is Android capable of playing FLAC with real sound accuracy and quality, or is the accuracy and quality in some way reduced through the process of playing it? Have there been any tests to assert this?
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mox00023
post Dec 14 2011, 17:00
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Well, I would recommend you to update to Ice Cream Sandwich. I am sure there are many apps which support it for you to play FLAC files.
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post Jan 29 2012, 17:48
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QUOTE (mox00023 @ Dec 14 2011, 17:00) *
Well, I would recommend you to update to Ice Cream Sandwich. I am sure there are many apps which support it for you to play FLAC files.

Not available for my phone - HTC Desire
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post Jan 29 2012, 20:17
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QUOTE (Roseval @ Jan 29 2012, 13:53) *
QUOTE (Porcus @ Jan 27 2012, 19:42) *
I can't see why owners of a (fanless and silent) tablet wouldn't want to use that one as a playback tool in their home.


Would be great to connect the phone to a USB DAC but as far as I know there is no support for USB audio in Android.


Its possible, but usually not with a stock kernel. I think most devices don't come with it enabled, so you have to build your own. Check google, various people have done Android > USBOTG > Fiio DACs.

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QUOTE (mox00023 @ Dec 14 2011, 17:00) *
Well, I would recommend you to update to Ice Cream Sandwich. I am sure there are many apps which support it for you to play FLAC files.

Not available for my phone - HTC Desire


4.0 comes with FLAC support officially, but you don't actually need 4.0 to get FLAC support. Cyanogenmod already includes built in FLAC support in 2.3, and the upcoming 4.0 release for your phone will also include it.
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- bsiffredi   FLAC on Android   Nov 7 2011, 16:24
- - Heliologue   Not to be snarky, but your stated question and you...   Nov 7 2011, 16:46
- - Kohlrabi   Audio quality not so much depends on the OS (Andro...   Nov 7 2011, 16:54
- - bubbleguuum   Is it worth it to play lossless on a phone ? It ...   Nov 7 2011, 19:15
- - bsiffredi   Actually, you're answers have help a lot. Than...   Nov 8 2011, 13:42
- - spile   I play FLAC on my Android device (HTC Desire) beca...   Nov 9 2011, 18:59
- - Nick.C   Deadbeef is pretty good.   Nov 9 2011, 19:46
- - mox00023   Well, I would recommend you to update to Ice Cream...   Dec 14 2011, 17:00
|- - spile   QUOTE (mox00023 @ Dec 14 2011, 17:00) Wel...   Jan 29 2012, 17:48
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Roseval @ Jan 29 2012, 13:53) QUOT...   Jan 29 2012, 20:17
- - slks   Lossless is great to have to listen to at home, or...   Dec 18 2011, 11:16
- - critofur   A lot of people wonder: "is it worth the trou...   Jan 22 2012, 20:32
- - LANjackal   Considering Android 4.0+ supports FLAC natively, I...   Jan 23 2012, 01:03
- - Porcus   Apart from the OP's question: I can't see...   Jan 27 2012, 19:42
|- - Roseval   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jan 27 2012, 19:42) I can...   Jan 29 2012, 19:53
||- - gentillyjoe   QUOTE (Roseval @ Jan 29 2012, 19:53) Woul...   Sep 23 2013, 10:10
|- - xuser48   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jan 27 2012, 19:42) Apart...   Mar 23 2012, 21:17
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (xuser48 @ Mar 23 2012, 21:17) QUOT...   Mar 24 2012, 01:48
|- - Chinch   QUOTE (Porcus @ Mar 23 2012, 20:48) All I...   Apr 23 2012, 14:40
- - kritip   I have just installed a mod of Ice Cream Sandwhich...   Jan 29 2012, 22:43
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (kritip @ Jan 29 2012, 16:43) I hav...   Jan 29 2012, 22:56
- - saratoga   Someone started a ticket about enabling USB audio ...   Feb 1 2012, 03:35
|- - Bad Monkey   QUOTE (saratoga @ Feb 1 2012, 15:35) Some...   Apr 23 2012, 12:40
|- - gentillyjoe   QUOTE (Bad Monkey @ Apr 23 2012, 12:40) S...   Sep 23 2013, 10:22
- - tpijag   QUOTE Using FLAC as a source on onboard audio in a...   Mar 23 2012, 21:22
- - Brand   xuser48: TOS #8 police is coming, better hide fast...   Mar 23 2012, 23:41
- - spile   Update... Have upgraded ROM on my desire to Cyanog...   Mar 26 2012, 22:08
- - stephan_g   It would be interesting to know whether there is a...   Apr 5 2012, 17:35
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (stephan_g @ Apr 5 2012, 12:35) On ...   Apr 23 2012, 15:19
- - Chinch   I was also going to note, while we're talking ...   Apr 23 2012, 14:54
- - Mach-X   The simple answer to the OP's question is ...   Sep 24 2013, 05:25
- - ktf   While I know this discussion is old, I just though...   Sep 24 2013, 17:39
|- - BECHA   QUOTE (ktf @ Sep 24 2013, 17:39) While I ...   Oct 5 2013, 23:24
|- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (BECHA @ Oct 5 2013, 18:24) ...majo...   Oct 6 2013, 12:54
|- - db1989   Yeah, we’re going to need double-blind evidence an...   Oct 6 2013, 15:28
|- - SLORider   QUOTE (rick.hughes @ Oct 6 2013, 03:54) S...   Dec 11 2013, 09:56
|- - julf   QUOTE (SLORider @ Dec 11 2013, 09:56) Har...   Dec 11 2013, 11:17
|- - probedb   QUOTE (SLORider @ Dec 11 2013, 08:56) Har...   Dec 11 2013, 11:28
- - BECHA   QUOTE (bsiffredi @ Nov 7 2011, 16:24) Hel...   Oct 5 2013, 23:30
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (BECHA @ Oct 5 2013, 18:30) FLAC pl...   Oct 7 2013, 04:08
- - probedb   It looks like Anandtech are trying to do some prop...   Dec 11 2013, 11:30


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