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What is Apple lossless, ALAC and how to play it

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Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:49
Apple lossless help

What is Apple lossless or ALAC?

Apple Lossless or ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) or ALE (Apple Lossless Encoder) - is an audio codec by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music.
It was introduced into Mac OS X Core Audio framework on April 28, 2004 .
All data stored in MP4 container and all lossless files have .m4a file extension. Codec will code original file from 40% to 60% size without any quality lose.
This file format has additional features like adding extended metatags into it. You can add poster, tags for songs(artist, album, sont title), texts for songs, sort order, rates and more other info.

Why to use this why not mp3?
This is realy lossless for sound quality codec. Its similar with FLAC codec(Free Lossless Audio Codec). It have very big bitrate (1411 kbit/s) and realy impessive sound quality without any lose wich mp3 has.
Yes most of .m4a files have big file size but size here is less important than quality.

How to play it?
It can be played on any Apple devices such as iPods, iPads, iPhones (any iOS devices), and all under MAC OS.
Here extended information about players that can play it:
  1. iPod Shuffle vesion 3
  2. iPod Nano version >= 2
  3. iPod Classic version >= 5
  4. iPod Touch all versions
  5. iPhone all versions
  6. iPad all versions
On Windows: Main recommended player is iTunes. Its native player for ALAC and it will read all tags and more info from this format
Also ALAC can read Winamp, Foobar and KMPlayer

On Android: Poweramp will let you play music files compressed or encoded in just about all codecs. ALAC too :)
(Thanks to duss for this information)

More info on Wikipedia

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Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:15
on Windows also for russians - AIMP free player. Not sure it has english
ozi avatar
Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:13
Author: SuperAdmin
admin wrote:
on Windows also for russians - AIMP free player. Not sure it has english

here is English version of AIMP
admin avatar
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 13:43
How to convert music to ALAC CUETools (qaac)

You can use this to convert from other lossless formats, even from .image+cue, .flac+cue
spectator avatar
Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 08:07
Author: Admin
Everyone must have:
500 Greatest Albums Of All Time (ALAC)

500 Greatest Albums Parts Navigator:

Greatest 500 Albums - Part 1
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 2
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 3
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 4
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 5
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 6
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 7
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 8
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 9
Greatest 500 Albums - Part 10

ozi avatar
Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 15:01
Author: SuperAdmin
take this if you want very fast an free like itunes but better


this app will read and transfer formats that are standard to apple products that itunes fails to read transfer
duss avatar
Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 21:00
And for android devices there is the very competent player "Poweramp", that will let you play music files compressed or encoded in just about all codecs; one be alac.
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Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 05:40
duss wrote:
And for android devices there is the very competent player "Poweramp", that will let you play music files compressed or encoded in just about all codecs; one be alac.

Thanks for info. Added to main post.

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