These days, as I find myself mainly listening to music on my laptop and my smartphone (with headphones), I'm not sure if I should try TAK instead. (Admittedly, TAK support for my music playing app is still "planned".) How's the common conception for this?
It's planned. So if it comes, will TAK have any notable advantages to FLAC? I have indeed read about its (great) speed, but...?
Much smaller?I encoded several CD albums to FLAC and TAK (max. compression settings) and the average difference in file size is ~3.5%.
(Why use lossless on your "mp3 player"?)
For me, being able to decode through errors is a possible feature. I save all my recordings in FLAC, and having a small corruption 'destroying' the whole file would be a problem.
The problem with ALAC is that you won't know that a file is corrupt until you hear it.
Quote from: ktf on 01 April, 2014, 05:26:53 PMThe problem with ALAC is that you won't know that a file is corrupt until you hear it.Sorry I thought I understood it doesn't even play if it's corrupted?
I'd agree on ALAC's lack of checksum, but for other tests (byte deletion or something) I'd say it's not a codec design but rather container property (I assume MP4 is being used) that is typical to non redundant, structured general purpose container format.
However, not being redundant means smaller file size. It also supports sample accurate, indexed seeking and other rich feature sets that MPEG-TS does not provide. In short, it is more efficient and easy to treat on the local environment.These two formats have different purposes, requirements, and feature sets. One cannot conclude that one is superior than other.
These two formats have different purposes, requirements, and feature sets. One cannot conclude that one is superior than other.
I'd say it's not a codec design but rather container property (I assume MP4 is being used)
I find none of technical nature that gives any reason to prefer ALAC. Of "non-technical" reasons I can only think of support in the Apple ecosystem - is there any other reason whatsoever to use ALAC? [...] If one format is still weaker than the other on every parameter, despite targetting a different purpose and feature set, then it is worse, isn't it?
It seams that there isn't any lossless codec for archiving purposes.
The question is: what does a format need to be fit for archiving purposes?