Author Topic: Converting FLAC to ALAC  (Read 3039 times)

sleepless

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Does anyone know why converting a FLAC file to ALAC/.m4a creates a file that is half the size? ALAC should be lossless but it would appear that some quality is being lost, no?




lostinsound

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Those are really large file sizes for flacs and they have a high bitrate which makes thing they might be 24bit flac files. It looks like it's converting them into 16bit ALAC files, so you would be losing some information but they are still very high quality. There might be a setting for keeping them at 24bit on conversion if that's what you want.

If you go into the tag editor in MusicBee and click on the Properties tab you can see what type of flac files they are.

sleepless

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Thanks, that must be it. Is it possible to convert to 24-bit ALAC?

lostinsound

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Thanks, that must be it. Is it possible to convert to 24-bit ALAC?

I don't use ALAC files at all so I'm not sure. There's likely something you can add to where it says 'encoding parameters' in your image above to keep it at 24bit.