ALAC vs FLAC: The Best for Listening to Lossless Music on Mac and iOS


Sound quality isn’t dead. Casual fans may be okay with a badly encoded MP3 streamed over a slideshow on YouTube, but if you’re really into your music, you want something better. There is FLAC, but that requires a whole new set of players and a new library. That’s where ALAC comes in: Apple’s lossless codec. It is compatible with iTunes and iOS, so you can change formats without changing your routine. Lossless vs. Compressed Codecs Whether it’s AAC or MP3, most of the music you’re buying/streaming is encoded using a lossy codec. That derives from how they compress data. The…

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Tidal splashes onto Android TV with its lossless music streaming

If you are someone who would pay 20 bucks a month for lossless streaming audio, you would probably like the option to play those high-bitrate tunes through the receiver connected to the biggest screen in your house. It’s only fair. Rejoice, audiophiles and audiophile wannabes (like me), because streaming service Tidal has released an Android TV version of its app. 

Tidal also leans heavily on providing high-resolution music videos as well as audio, and boasts in its Play Store listing that users can now “stream exclusive music videos and concerts in stunning HD.” Sounds nice, so it’s a little surprising, given the emphasis on video, that the TV app is only appearing now.

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Deezer brings lossless audio to the desktop with a new app

Music streaming service Deezer moved beyond Bose and Sonos speakers a couple of months ago in US markets, expanding its subscription offerings to pretty much everyone via a mobile app. Around the same time, Deezer opened up its HiFi tier to any speak…
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Deezer launches desktop app that supports lossless audio

Deezer has just launched a desktop app in beta that offers high-definition lossless audio, making it the second major streaming service to support FLAC on desktop after Tidal. The 16-bit FLAC support is offered to subscribers of Premium+, which costs $ 9.99 per month, until January 2018. After that, Deezer users will have to subscribe to Deezer HiFi, at $ 19.99 per month, to stream in loseless. Tidal’s HiFi loseless subscription also costs $ 19.99 per month.

The desktop app also includes Flow, a feature that recommends a stream of songs based on your previous listens, as well as videos of interviews and performances. Spotify tested loseless audio on its platform this past winter, but there’s no word on if or when that will launch.

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