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Converting Apple Lossless to WMA Lossless
Cromulent
post Sep 30 2012, 23:17
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I'm planning on getting a Windows Phone 8 mobile when they are released and of course they do not support Apple Lossless. I've decided to just convert my whole music library to WMA Lossless so that it will all work but I'm having trouble finding a way to convert my files.

If it requires converting to FLAC or some other lossless format first and then converting that to WMA Lossless that would be OK as I have a pretty fast computer but I'm stumped. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it smile.gif.
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post Oct 1 2012, 00:32
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try this,

http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm


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post Oct 1 2012, 00:44
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Not sure you can count on WP8 supporting WMAL:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wi...7(v=vs.92).aspx

Why not download foobar2000 and LAME and transcode whatever you want to carry around into MP3 -V4? I couldn't find an up-to-date tutorial, but this video is pretty close:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1028ZlgqkI

I know it can be a hassle to maintain two libraries but if that MSDN article is correct you don't have a lossless option. Given the typical environment and background noise when using a portable device, you'll probably not miss it. And you'll be able to fit more music on your phone.
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post Oct 1 2012, 01:39
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I'd probably wait to see what formats your phone supports, and then pick whichever works best.
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post Oct 1 2012, 01:57
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QUOTE (Apesbrain @ Oct 1 2012, 00:44) *
Not sure you can count on WP8 supporting WMAL:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wi...7(v=vs.92).aspx

Why not download foobar2000 and LAME and transcode whatever you want to carry around into MP3 -V4? I couldn't find an up-to-date tutorial, but this video is pretty close:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1028ZlgqkI

I know it can be a hassle to maintain two libraries but if that MSDN article is correct you don't have a lossless option. Given the typical environment and background noise when using a portable device, you'll probably not miss it. And you'll be able to fit more music on your phone.


Wow. That really sucks.

I can't believe that Microsoft do not support at least one lossless codec. WAV support at the very least should be expected.

Well if that is the case then my first task when I get my phone will be to write a free and open source FLAC player for Windows Phone 8.
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post Oct 1 2012, 09:36
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But why do you need lossless on a phone?
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post Oct 1 2012, 12:30
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QUOTE (probedb @ Oct 1 2012, 09:36) *
But why do you need lossless on a phone?


Because in the long run it saves on maintenance and hard drive space. There are three options available:

* Maintain a lossless and non-lossless library one for normal listening and one for phone listening.
* Convert everything to non-lossless.
* Just maintain a lossless library

out of the options available the third seems the best to me since my music library is predominantly all lossless anyway.

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post Oct 1 2012, 13:53
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foobar2000 + Command-line WMA encoder ( http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showtopic=90519 )
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post Oct 1 2012, 14:54
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A fourth option:
Using JRiver I have a playlist with all I wish to have on the phone.
This playlist is synced to the phone.
As space on the phone is limited, all is converted on the fly to MP3 in the process.

If needed JRiver can create a transcoding cache.
Any change made in the tags in main library is applied to this cache as well.
This saves me the burden of maintaining 2 libraries.


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