Do you know of any portable media players – or even software for Windows Phone 8 – which will allow playback of WAV and AIFF music files? I am a bit of a bedroom DJ and have lots of files I'd like to be able to play on the go, in the car etc when I can't use my laptop. I don't mind iPods but I really don't want Apple's horrible iTunes messing with music formats and filing on my PC.Pete
This is a good time to think about the file formats you are creating and using, and which way you want to go in the future.
CD audio is stored in uncompressed 16-bit linear PCM (pulse code modulation) format. When that's moved to a computer then you usually get an uncompressed WAV (wave) file on a PC or an uncompressed AIFF (audio interchange file format) file on an
Although AIFF was originally developed by
Standard file formats
It would be a good idea to standardise on one format, and the obvious choices are BWF (broadcast wave format) and FLAC (free lossless audio codec). BWF was specified by the
Open source, royalty-free FLAC has become the de facto standard for lossless music files, so if you convert everything to FLAC, you will retain exactly the same sound quality. The main difference is that FLAC files are heavily encoded so they take up much less space than WAV/AIFF files, though they are much bigger than compressed MP3 files. For example,
If you switch to FLAC you will have room for two or three times as much music per gigabyte of storage without compromising sound quality. You can easily convert FLAC files to MP3 and other "lossy" formats for everyday use.
Unfortunately, both Apple and
You can try playing FLAC files on your Windows Phone 8 smartphone using Shamrocksoft's Flac Player, though some of the comments say "Doesn't work". VLC 2.1 also supports FLAC but I don't know if this is included in the "Partial port to WinRT, for Windows 8, 8.1 and WP8."
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