Difference in ALAC bitrates 2018-10-10 20:22:05 I’m new to lossless audio, so please forgive me if I’ve made any mistakes in this post.To understand which lossless format would be best for me, I downloaded two bundles of three 16-bit 44.1kHz test files (FLAC and ALAC). As I currently use a Mac, I should perhaps choose ALAC, but I’m currently favouring FLAC instead because of its wide availability and support.Just in case I ever change my mind about formats in the future, though, I thought I’d try converting the FLAC files to ALAC to put my mind at ease; using FLACTunes from the App Store, this was extremely straightforward. But I noticed something unusual: the bitrate of the downloaded ALAC files differed slightly from those that had been converted from FLAC to ALAC:File oneOriginal ALAC file: 413kbpsConverted FLAC to ALAC file: 415kbpsFile twoOriginal ALAC file: 501kbpsConverted FLAC to ALAC file: 502kbps(File three matched perfectly.)Just to eliminate the possibility of an iTunes error, I used the Mac Terminal, which confirmed that the bitrates shown in iTunes had been correct. I also tried converting the FLACs with Max, but the result was (understandably) the same. I just wondered if anyone might be able to explain the discrepancy and what I’m misunderstanding, please?Thank you in advance.