[QUOTE=hogger129;2674764]Thanks Kerry. Yeah, more or less, I’m just trying to find a way to play my lossless music in the car. iPod won’t do it, so maybe I’m just stuck putting it on a CD and reimporting it for the time being (until they come out with support for >48/24 music on the iPod).
I also saw a program called Rockbox that could play FLAC above 48/24, but they don’t have it available for iPod Touch, only a few of the older iPods as of yet.
EDIT: One other question I have is if there are media players out there like the iPod, than can play stuff like FLAC and those >48/24 lossless formats, that also have as much storage space as something like the 160GB iPod Classic?
One thing that has always ticked me off about Apple, and probably Sony too, is that they require all these goofy formats in order to be compliant.[/QUOTE]
The Cowon J3 DAP will play FLAC. I know from personal experience it will play 16/44 FLAC tracks. Theoretically, according to its specs, it should play 24 bit 96Khz FLAC files. That being said, the human ear doesn’t hear freq’s above 20-24Khz. So 96Khz is overkill. I have heard a difference in sound quality between 16 bit and 24 bit recordings, but it all depends on the type of music, your headphones or speakers, and your ears. The vast majority of the time 16/44 is perfectly fine for recordings.
The other thing to consider is storage. 24/96 files take up a heck of a lot of space. One concert recorded in 24/96 can easily go 1.5Gb-3.0Gb depending on the length of the individual tracks and concert.
Also, as others have stated, the car is far from an optimal sonic environment. FLAC’s would be wasted in this situation.
Your best bet is to bite the bullet and transcode into mp3. I like 192kb VBR but some people like lower or higher settings.