As an alternative to buying CDs, I am considering purchasing “downloads” of classical music from any suitable website (eMusic, iTunes, maybe Linn Records)
MP3 format at 320kbps might suffice, but I would prefer something closer to CD-quality, such as WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless or FLAC.
I envisage playing the music on a portable player (e.g. iPOD), via a dock, through my existing hi-fi system.
(Hooking up hi-fi to PC might be better, but initially I would prefer to play the music in a “standalone” way).
I am considering purchase of an Apple iPOD Classic, 160GB, and the Arcam irDock.
On the other hand, if I decide to go for “FLAC” downloads, an iPOD might not be the best choice.
Does anyone have any advice on buying and playing downloads in Lossless format?
e.g. which websites provide a good range of classical music in WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless format, and FLAC?
At present I am not sure how to playback music in FLAC format, except via rather expensive Media players.
so any advice on playing FLAC would be welcome.
(Apologies if this topic has already been covered in this forum)