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Is it advisable to convert APE/ALAC to FLAC? How will the size change?, [TOS #6: was "APE/ALAC to FLAC conversion?"]
SoberWarlock
post Apr 25 2012, 18:09
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APE is known for it's great compression and ALAC is pretty much the same as FLAC except it's not open source and is owned by apple. Is it smart to convert these two codecs to FLAC? Will APES compression size be the same or enlarge when converted to FLAC? I would rather stick to one lossless format which is FLAC because there really isn't much problems with it and it is definitely future proof.
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polemon
post May 4 2012, 22:42
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This is gonna be a more subjective opinion, so you may or may not agree with it.

I consider FLAC as the best lossless codec. It may not feature the best compression rate, but it's very easy and fast to decode on embedded systems. I've seen FLAC support on many media players, that act as set-top box, where you can connect USB drives to.

It is the most widely supported format, and the fastest to decode. I don't see much of a problem in file sizes here, since when using FLAC, you'd most probably put them on hard drives or at least on portable drives that have a rather large size. FLAC is rather old, but I think it's the lossless codec that makes the most sense. It is the most widely accepted codec, you'd run into fewer problems when giving those files to someone, etc. Most CD rips you'd find on the internet are FLACs, that's not for no reason.

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