flac, wave, mp4, iPod files????


I always convert flac files to mp4 so I can listen to them on my iPod. Is this necessary? My iTouch won't let me download flac. I would like to hear wave, flac as opposed to standard mp4. I want to hear the higher resolution.
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I don't know about the newer iPods, but I rip WAV files and transfer them directly to my 60gb iPod Photo without a hiccup. I've also used Apple Lossless files as well, no problem. Again, don't know much about the iTouch. Why not just try it?
I thought the consensus was any format is irrelevant[sp] on an Ipod as opposed to a better system which can utilize the higher rez.Wav,AIFF,Apple Lossless,etc....??Not 100% on this like alot of you computer genies....
My iTouch is an iPod so what works for iPod will work on the iTouch. Jax2 are you telling me to put the wave, flac files in the photo section as opposed to the music section?
Jax2 are you telling me to put the wave, flac files in the photo section as opposed to the music section?

No. I'm telling you my iPod is an older version (I think it's a 4th Generation or perhaps 3rd) called iPod Photo. I put the WAV files in the music section and load them via iTunes.

I thought the consensus was any format is irrelevant[sp] on an Ipod as opposed to a better system which can utilize the higher rez.Wav,AIFF,Apple Lossless,etc....??

With earbuds/headphones you hear everything. I cannot imagine why the format would be irrelevant?
I hear what your saying Jax2.Ipods are not my providence.Need to rip and compare.I am curious of all things musically speaking.....
I hook my iPod up to my Pathos Classic MkIII with a Cardas cable and love it. I just want to make sure I'm getting the most this set up has to offer. I guess I could convert flac to wave and try it that way.
Try computeraudiophile.com.....Chris is his name.Its a great site....perhaps you've seen it?I learned the little I know from there mainly.Let us know what you think,got to get all we can.....
In terms of resolution, FLAC = WAVE = MP4 ALAC (Apple Lossless).

Wave is rather useless on an iPod. It is full size and can't support meta data without a lot of effort.

FLAC is a free lossless audio codec. It's free, so people love it! No lock in. Apple does not support FLAC because it supports its own lossless codec. ALAC will sound EXACTLY like the FLAC files if transcoded. A simple tool to do this is with dbpoweramp Grab this awesome software for relatively cheap and if you buy FLAC files online, transcode them to ALAC and dump them on your iPod all in a matter of seconds. Seriously, seconds.

Older iPods are able to play FLAC files by adding an open source operating system onto the unit and dual booting. It's called Rockbox and is quite a polished system but it chews up battery life and for most instances, is really only worthwhile if one wants to play file formats the iPod doesn't support. In that case, just use dbpoweramp to convert and be done with it.

As for getting the most out of one's iPod, the iPod, if housing ALAC files (ir AIFF or WAVE) will be an exceptional transport! Pick up Wadia's Ipod Transport and this doc BYPASSES the iPods internal dac and allows bitperfect digital signal to leave the iPod and get streamed to whatever stand alone DAC is in one's main system.
Thanks for the detailed and understandable explanation Zanth, now we're talking! I can't wait to try out your recommendations. I got my eye on the Wadia, it appears to be a high quality piece of gear.
Zanth, I followed your instructions to the tee and it's like someone washed a layer of film off my system. Clearer and much more musical. Thanks again.
No problem! Glad I could be of some help. I'm waiting on an iPod upgrade (September is usually when the new ones are released). Rumors are that there will be a 250 GB Classic released, a nice 90 GB more than the current largest unit. I'll pick this up, buy the iTransport and send to my dac and myself and my wife will be very very pleased. In fact, I think she will be far more thrilled as she has her own iPod and can drop it into the main rig and just sit back and relax listening to whatever she has queued up.

The iPod/iTransport is a wonder combo when one already has a nice stand-alone dac. Ideally Apple would allow a perfect digital output right from the unit, but at least for now, we have Wadia providing something exceptional for us.