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Flac vs Apple Lossless

Playing music on a computer

For Mac OS and Windows, I recommend Songbird. On Linux, I love Amarok.

I like to play music from my computer

What format to use?

But there are many ways to store Music on the computer:


Flac is the format I have used to rip my CDs in the past couple of years.

Apple Lossless (Alac)

iTunes can rip CDs into « Apple Lossless ».

For mobile play

For mobile play, it is not necessary to have genuine sound quality, because small hear plugs can give a good sound anyway. Plus, memory space is rare precious.

That’s why, I re-encode my songs in Ogg Vorbis, at 96 kbds VBR.

  1. Software supporting Flac []
  2. Comparison of encoders and decoders []