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Thread: FLAC files on NAS to iTunes / iPhone

  1. #1

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    Nov 2010
    Michigan, USA

    Question FLAC files on NAS to iTunes / iPhone

    Currently I store all my music on a NAS (approximately 900 Albums / 13,000 Songs) and stream my music on my home network using Minimserver music server software and a Linn DS player.

    All of my music was ripped from CD to FLAC with minimal/no compression using dBpoweramp; except for the 24-bit Studio Master Albums I've purchased from HDtracks.com

    So it breaks down to approximately:

    Total Music Library Size = 632 GB
    Ripped CD Music = 660 Albums / 9,882 Songs
    Studio Master Music = 240 Albums / 3,118 Songs

    I have been hoping that the new iPhone 8 / iOS 11 would allow for native playing of 16-bit & 24-bit FLAC music files via iTunes, that way I could just import my entire FLAC library directly into iTunes. This still may happen but I am going to assume it will not happen; so I need to figure out the best way to covert my FLAC music into something that will work with my iPhone / iTunes.

    My gut tells me to convert everything to Apple Lossless (ALAC) but the 16-bit FLAC should be converted to 16-bit ALAC; and the 24-bit FLAC should be converted to 24-bit ALAC. Is this recommended?

    Is there an easy was to perform a batch conversion that automatically recognizes whether the music is 16 or 24 bit and then to automatically output to the same in ALAC ?
    Last edited by sbearden1; 10-01-2017 at 02:20 PM.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2002

    Re: FLAC files on NAS to iTunes / iPhone

    ALAC is the way to go. Conversions automatically preserve 16 or 24 bit, no options to set.

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