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Ditshcing AAC all together for ALAC on Mac/iOS devices - good idea?
post Feb 10 2012, 13:41
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Hi All,

My current set-up of converting my CDs are dBpa -> AIFF/ALAC then XLD to True VBR AAC highest quality.

However, I see that ALAC file sizes are not that much different from these XLD-produced files so I am considering dumping AAC all together (apart from iTuens purchases of course) and use ALAC files in iTunes and any iOS device. Also, converting to AAC adds another conversion step and it would be very nice to just keep one original ripped file as it is and cut out the AACs.

Question is - how much of additional battery drain will ALAC files cause?

Does anyone have any experience with this?


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post Feb 10 2012, 17:05
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I use iVolume to apply the ReplayGain algorithm as Sound Check, but you can get away with doing it for free, doing RG with something else (like fb2k) and using mp3tag to change the values to SC.

Nubben, if you're going the iOS route and running Windows, prepare to install iTunes and several Apple services that come with it, if you don't wanna jump through hoops to manage apps, podcasts, etc. IMO with Win 7 it's not such a bad thing cause RAM management is much better than XP, but also I'm running an SSD, so with an actual HDD you might experience startup delays.

In my experience, if there is even a difference between ALAC decoding and AAC, it's negligible.
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