• File Conversion

    by Published on 05-08-2012 11:55 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. iTunes,
    3. File Conversion

    The only constant in computer audio is change. Let me qualify that statement so as not to create discomfort among hesitant consumers. The only constant in computer audio, for early adopters and those seeking better solutions, is change. It's entirely possible to purchase a Mac, PC, or canned music server today and use it for the next five to ten years. But just because it's possible doesn't mean it's probable. As new servers, operating systems, and playback applications are released with better features and functionality consumer interest in changing solutions increases. Unfortunately switching servers isn't as simple as copying files or moving an external hard drive from one server to another. There are major incompatibilities between music server solutions. Some solutions like Olive Media servers don't allow users to export their music collections in a format usable by anything other than another Olive Media server. Other solutions like JRiver on a PC or the Aurender S10 Linux server support open standards such as FLAC that enable easy transitions to different platforms. The most problematic server switches involve Apple's iTunes, the most popular playback application in the world, and OS X operating system.
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    by Published on 04-10-2011 11:08 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. iTunes,
    3. OS X,
    4. File Conversion,
    5. Downloads / Streaming

    As the title says here's a how-to video with commentary explaining the process of converting high resolution FLAC files into AIFF files and adding them to iTunes. This is necessary because Apple's iTunes does not play FLAC files without third party applications. Some computer audiophiles can handle this activity in their sleep while others may not even download high resolution audio for fear of a FLAC attack. Only kidding no such thing exists, but the process is foreign to many Computer Audiophile readers. After watching this video all readers should be able to handle this conversion and library addition without any issues.
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    by Published on 01-29-2009 12:24 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. OS X,
    3. Software,
    4. File Conversion,
    5. Basics

    It's show time, the first Computer Audiophile Academy video is now playing. Some of the most popular questions newbies ask here on Computer Audiophile have to do with converting WAV to AIFF or one format to another on a Mac. This video walks readers through the whole process literally from start to finish. It begins by downloading and installing MAX, the most popular conversion application for Mac. This is followed by configuring the application to convert a folder of Reference Recordings HRx tracks and auto-exporting them into iTunes. The video also shows some basic changes to songs and adding album art as well as adding the PDF liner notes to the iTunes library. PDFs are not added automatically when tracks in the same folder are added to iTunes. They must be added manually. The liner notes can then be opened from within iTunes alleviating the need for a separate filing system containing PDFs from downloaded content. This is also a must for readers who purchase physical media from RR or Kent Poon, as both delivery high quality PDF notes on DVD with each high resolution album. Anyway, on with the show. ...
    by Published on 06-11-2008 10:04 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. OS X,
    3. Software,
    4. File Conversion

    The topic of converting files has been popular lately. The most recent request in to Computer Audiophile is for instructions to convert DRM-Free SuperHD downloads from MusicGiants so they work in iTunes on a Mac. Standard MusicGiants HD downloads are easy to convert. Add them to your iTunes library and they'll convert on the fly. What's different about the SuperHD content? These albums have much higher resolution such as 24 bit / 88.2 kHz or 24/96. Most conversion methods downsample the files to 16 bit / 44.1 kHz, thus negating the reason most people purchase SuperHD content. The conversion method outlined in this article is so easy you won't believe it. If you know how to double-click you're in luck. Read more for all the details.

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    by Published on 06-03-2008 11:35 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. OS X,
    3. File Conversion

    Some of the Computer Audiophile members have made it clear that they want information about converting the Linn Records Studio Master FLAC files on their Macs. Linn suggests people use the MAX application and I agree 100%. So, without further ado I present a step by step guide to converting Linn Records Studio Master FLAC file on a Mac with the MAX application.
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