ALAC & M4a, same thing?
I have a quick file format question.
Having recently entered the iRealm, I was thinking about converting my FLAC library to ALAC so that it will play nicely with my Apple-side.
As far as I am aware, the file type for apple lossless is .ALAC. But I just did a trial conversion of 1 FLAC file to ALAC, and it shows up on my QNAP QMobile app as an M4a file. What's the difference between M4a and ALAC? Is ALAC a varient of M4a, or is my QMobile app getting confused?
I only ask because I'm looking for a streamer to stream from my NAS, like the Marantz MCR603 or Denon Ceol, and I'm trying to ensure file compatibility as far as possible.
Some devices list M4a as a compatible file format for network streaming, but I'm struggling to find one that lists ALAC.
Cheers. Again. One day I'll stop posting questions and start posting answers!