As collecting digital music and streaming it on preferred devices becomes increasingly popular, one begins to ask what the benefits are to using one company’s service over another.
The answer seems simple enough. If you are an Apple user, you will use iTunes to purchase, listen and catalog your music, whereas Android users may be more likely to utilize Google Play or Amazon. Truthfully, this is more of a marketing ideal than anything. Companies like Apple are working to ensure their customers utilize their services when consuming media, not their competitors’.
To date, Apple, Google Play and Amazon have all played a major role in consumer’s lives by selling them a way to experience their music. Each company has worked tirelessly to develop a means in which listeners can organize their music easily and stream it on their preferred devices.
Matching software designed by these companies scans waveforms and attaches or acknowledges metadata which makes for easier cataloging; however, consumers who wish to digitize their collections into lossless formats such as FLAC should be wary of using scanning and playback services until they have done their research on what formats are supported and whether or not their files are being delivered in the same quality they started with.
What we found:
Apple does not support FLAC files, however, they have provided an alternative, ALAC, which for all intents and purposes is identical to FLAC. The only downside here is that you must convert your files to ALAC for playback on Apple devices. This is also true for .WAV files.
Google Play, on the other hand, claims to support FLAC and ALAC files, but downsamples and converts them to 320 kbps mp3 files on upload.
Amazon does support FLAC files so long as the metadata matches their internal database. You must also use a 3rd party system to retrieve metadata or enter it manually if none exists presently.
With all of these options, it seems as though listeners are doomed to struggle eternally with converting files to playable formats, listening to downsampled music, and manually entering in metadata, unless of course there were a solution!
Solution: Send your collection to Murfie! We aim to synchronize your collection across all platforms flawlessly. We’ll convert your entire catalog into uncompressed lossless files, apply the appropriate metadata, and make your music available for 320kbps mp3 streaming on our web player and mobile apps. With a Murfie HiFi subscription, you can unlock lossless streaming for your Sonos, Bluesound or Autonomic system. We offer free downloads in FLAC, ALAC, mp3, and AAC, and we can even send you a hard drive loaded with all of your music for easy home access and storage.