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  1. I have an iPad, an Apple TV, and two HomePods. I have never explicitly set any of them up as HomeKit hubs, yet I use HomeKit stuff (smart lights). I control my devices from my iPhone, my Apple Watch, or my iPad. There is nothing that tells me that a device is the HomeKit hub, and nothing that allows me to do anything with that hub. When I look in the Home app on any device, nothing tells me that one of my devices is the hub.
  2. There was another thread recently where people were asking about the quality of AirPlay. I've not heard any serious suggestions that AirPlay quality is in any way deficient; sure, you may want to find a way to convince people that they need more for audiophile quality, but it's a pretty simple protocol. It streams in lossless, and that stream is spitted out of the devices (AirPort Express or Apple TV). I am a bit confused by this thread. You started by asking: But you now say that you have plenty of AirPort Expresses and don't need anything to replace them. And you want something "better" but you haven't said what's wrong with AirPlay. Perhaps you need to decide what you want.
  3. While the AirPort Express certainly isn't a long-term solution, Apple is still selling them. Why can't you just stock up on a bunch of them now so you've protected for the time it takes to find a replacement?
  4. You will implement AirPlay 2 as soon as it's fully rolled out. For now, it's only available to stream from iOS devices, not Macs. So if you're setting up systems that stream from iTunes, you'll have to wait. Surprisingly, it's not in the Mojave betas either, and I find it odd that it is available on iOS but not from iTunes. I wonder what's holding it up.
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    Apple To Remove Lightning Port?

    They can probably send the data out the USB-C port in more or less the same way as it goes out the lightning port, allowing for an adapter so existing lightning port headphones (the few that there are) can still work. And those adapters will work for any other devices that need to access the digital audio.
  6. You mean the best AirPlay receiver. For now, you might still be able to get an older Apple TV that has an optical output; the current model only has HDMI. I haven't heard much about other devices that aren't inside components like receivers, or that aren't software solutions for a computer.
  7. I've honestly only heard from one person who made the change, and he did it in a virtual machine. It's worth noting that iMazing can handle app download and installation: https://imazing.com/ios-app-management Full disclosure: I do some freelance work for iMazing (writing and screencasting).
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    Future of iTunes and the .ltl file

    An alternative app wouldn't be able to access the .itl file, but rather that .xml file, if you have the setting to create it turned on (Advanced prefs). Worst case, you simply point a player at your iTunes Music folder; it will read the folder structure and the metadata. You'll lose personal metadata - plays, ratings, etc. - and playlists, but nothing else.
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    MacOS Midi settings question

    So it's repeatable on one file. All that suggests is that one player is better than another at dealing with some sort of problem or corruption in a given file, not that the player is better at playing back music. I wouldn't classify that as saying that there "ARE differences between players," other than the fact that they handle corruption better. (ie, it's possible that CoreAudio is more demanding, which could be seen as a better, or that Audirvana is better at dealing with corruption, which could also be seen as better.)
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    MacOS Midi settings question

    And the fact that this only happened once suggests that it was either an iTunes glitch, a general computer glitch, or something odd in the file you were playing back.
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    MacOS Midi settings question

    And do you recall at the time restarting your computer? Do you still have the files where you heard that problem?
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    MacOS Midi settings question

    If you think how widely Logic is used in studios, and the fact that it uses CoreAudio (though you can set it to use a hardware device), then you have to assume that Apple is held accountable for the quality of that framework by the most demanding users.
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    MacOS Midi settings question

    Two things to check in iTunes are EQ and Sound Check. Either of those can introduce distortion. I recall many years ago, I was hearing distortion on a number of files I had bought by download, and it took a while for me to think of checking the EQ. It was on, and I hadn't recalled turning it on, but I certainly had done so for testing, or an article I was working on. Crackling describes the type of sound I was hearing with those files.