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OK, so I've got my shiny new Nexus 4 and I've got (most of) my CDs ripped in Apple Lossless format on my NAS (under iTunes). For the moment, I don't want to lose the Apple Lossless version, and a full copy of all of them won't fit on the phone in lossless format.

So please help, what's the best way of getting them onto the Nexus?

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

Something like Winamp would let you sync portions of your collection to your Android Phone. (either as ALAC or converted as MP3)

If you want to play ALAC on Android - then Poweramp or PlayerPro are good choices.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

You could always "dbpoweramp" the apple lossless files to mp3 and put them on the phone.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

I just use Play Music to manage my droids now. Though it doesn't support ALAC, so you'd need to transcode first (mp3 probably best, as thats what Play transcodes files to)

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

So... use something to transcode them to MP3s and then manage the MP3s under Google Play does sound the most straight forward.

Hmm. Need to think about this.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

The andLess app will play Apple Lossless on Android but needs an update for Nexus 4. Well I can't get it to work on a Nexus 4, anyway...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.avs234&hl=en

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

Joe Cox wrote:

The andLess app will play Apple Lossless on Android but needs an update for Nexus 4. Well I can't get it to work on a Nexus 4, anyway...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.avs234&hl=en

That sounds interesting - if it can be got to work!

But, as I said earlier, I don't think I can fit my whole lossless library onto the Nexus, so may have to look at the transcoding option.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

Download google music manager from google play and install onto a PC which can see you NAS based music folders.

Run the program with an appropriate search location and it will load all your music into the cloud and accessible via any device android device or PC browser

Mine where all WMA lossless, even more esoteric than Apple lossless, and it worked fine. 

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

shanej66 wrote:

Download google music manager from google play and install onto a PC which can see you NAS based music folders.

Run the program with an appropriate search location and it will load all your music into the cloud and accessible via any device android device or PC browser

Mine where all WMA lossless, even more esoteric than Apple lossless, and it worked fine. 

Thanks, I'll try that.

Three questions:

1. Do you have to load them into the cloud

2. Does it transcode them to MP3 as part of the upload, or do you select the format when downloading?

3. Actually, when you say "accessible via any android device", does this mean you play them (streamed?) from the cloud, or can you physically download them to your droid device?

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

shanej66 wrote:
Mine where all WMA lossless, even more esoteric than Apple lossless, and it worked fine.

Play doesn't support ALAC. It's supports aac, mp3, ogg, flac and wma

http://support.google.com/googleplay/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1100462

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scene wrote:

Three questions:

1. Do you have to load them into the cloud

Yes

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2. Does it transcode them to MP3 as part of the upload,

Yes, it transcodes aac,ogg, wma and flac to mp3 (320kbps)

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3. Actually, when you say "accessible via any android device", does this mean you play them (streamed?) from the cloud, or can you physically download them to your droid device?

Either

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

Thanks for that. So Play would be ideal, if it supported apple lossless which it doesn't. that is a shame as it sounded quite goodoh well back to the drawing board.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

Hi,

You might want to try the google music manager anyway as it has very recently undergone a pretty major revision whereby it does not by default upload your albums to the cloud, transcoding as it goes. It now primarily just identifies you music and adds it to your cloud based collection (working on the principle the music is already in the cloud, just not neccessarily attached to your collection. I believe for unidentified music it still uploads).

 

If that does not work, there is always www.doubletwist.com which syncs your itunes playlists to android phones either wired or wirelessly (the later option costs I believe) and I believe it transcodes to mp3 in the process (would need to check as its been a while)

 

Last option I can think of is that itunes used to allow you to create another version of your music in a lossy (and therefore more compact format), while keeping the original lossless. If that works then the google music manager should be able to pick it up.

 

Why the cloud - For me it means my music is accessible from my PC, Phone and tablet. Recently changed Android phone and once I entered my google user - music collection appeared more or less instantaneously with no connection to PC required.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

shanej66 wrote:

Hi,

You might want to try the google music manager anyway as it has very recently undergone a pretty major revision whereby it does not by default upload your albums to the cloud, transcoding as it goes. It now primarily just identifies you music and adds it to your cloud based collection (working on the principle the music is already in the cloud, just not neccessarily attached to your collection. I believe for unidentified music it still uploads).

It wont work, Play doesn't support ALAC....

I only started re-using it when i got my N4/it officially launched in the UK, so after the revamp including scan and match.

My collection is mainly FLAC, with some mp3 and aac, all these were matched/uploaded fine, the 20 or so ALACs I had all failed (with unsupported file format errors) and i had to transcode them.

Which is why i advised Scene would need to transcode his ALAC collection from the outset, and suggested mp3 as it will make the uploading process faster.

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RE: Apple Lossless rips to Android Phone

Alternatively you could just buy an iPhone 5 and pay a small amount to subscribe to iTunes Match...

 

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Pfft.

£22 a year for access to your owm media. Play Music is FREE

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