With the new entry into the world of OS X, one of the first things I decided to do was to get access to my music library stored on a Linux server. I know a lot of people that are hooked completely on Apple with iPods/iPhones/MacBooks/Airport etc, and they don’t understand why I have to go trough all this trouble when the Apple stuff “just works”. And to that I answer:
- I have a fairly high quality stereo setup hooked up to my server and can easily hear the difference between compressed formats (MP3, AAC) and loss less formats (like Flac)
- We have numerous devices with different format support (Portable MP3 players, mobile phones, windows clients etc). So using a neutral, open, DRM-free format seems likes the best bet to get all this going.
- I never buy music from the iTunes music store (until they provide songs in a lossless format anyway)