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i want to put all my music on a single hd and keep it connected to my receiver.
most of my music is on cd or from itunes, i wanted to ask what is the best format/size music file i should get for future music purchases for best sound.
The hd will be hooked up to an onkyo nr709 if it matters

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What matters most is the file types that your playback device supports. Avoid proprietary codecs like Apple and WMA due to restricted support. For lossless audio storage, FLAC offers compression and space saving.
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A second vote for FLAC

FLAC files can be played by many of the new AVR's directly from HD.
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where can i purchase flac audio files?
Also is there anyway to convert music downloaded from itunes to flac?

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where can i purchase flac audio files?

Two of the best are http://www.linnrecords.com and http://www.2l.no/

I take exception with Linn's suggestion of d/l WMA files for a PC, as WMA is proprietary to Windows/Microsoft.

To start, I suggest using 2L for an extensive set of large free hi-rez .flac files, both 5.1 and stereo. You'll want/need a high speed internet connection for files of this size.

At http://www.2l.no/ there's a pull down menu in extreme upper right corner.

Left click on "Test Bench HD audio files" and d/l some, or all, .flac files to your HDD.

IMO it's the best way to get started, and allows you to hear what hi-rez sounds like; it also gives you a strong sense of HDD space needed for starting this kind of music collection on a PC computer's HDD.
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Also is there anyway to convert music downloaded from itunes to flac?

Odds are yes; but I'm not an Apple person.

The best is the enemy of the good. Voltaire (1694-1778)

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Thanks for the info appreciate it i will check it out later this week, regarding apple i use itunes because i have an iphone im sure there are other ways but its just easy that way.
Great phone by the way i would never by another non iphone

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where can i purchase flac audio files?

Look up HDTracks on Google or you can rip you own with DVD Audio Extractor (www.dvdae.com) which now supports blu-ray to FLAC including 5.1 to 5.1 or to 2.0
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2nd that. Can also rip to mutichannel with dvd audio extractor and play back with foobar.
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Since you want to keep and use Apple device's here is my easy 2¢ worth.

1) Rip all your CDs into iTunes in ALAC. It is open source, lossless (future proof) and easily converted to (other lossless) FLAC, WAV or (lossy) AAC, MP3 formats.

2) A or B

A) Buy a used iPod classic and hook to your Onkyo as your music "server".

B) Buy an Airport Express and optical (SPDIF) cable then hook to your Onkyo and stream (lossless) direct from you Mac/PC's iTunes using your iPhone' Remote App (this is the method I use).

This is by far your easy way to future proof and manage your music at the highest quality while staying in the Apple music eccosystem.
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The manual for my receiver says it can play flac music files, does this mean i can download a flac audio file load it onto an external hd plug into my receiver and play?

I do not beed a program to play the music file correct?
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The manual for my receiver says it can play flac music files, does this mean i can download a flac audio file load it onto an external hd plug into my receiver and play?
I do not beed a program to play the music file correct?

Many AVRs, and even some media boxes, support FLAC. However, not all of them support "high-res" FLAC and/or multi-channel FLAC. Consult the appropriate forum for your specific model AVR.
The same holds true for connecting a HDD, you want to know if it supports NTFS drives or only FAT, size limitations, etc.

The easiest way to test would be to load some files on a USB thumb drive formatted FAT32 and see what it does with them.
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FLAC is the best (100% open source too), no question.

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Since you want to keep and use Apple device's here is my easy 2¢ worth.
1) Rip all your CDs into iTunes in ALAC. It is open source, lossless (future proof) and easily converted to (other lossless) FLAC, WAV or (lossy) AAC, MP3 formats.
2) A or B
A) Buy a used iPod classic and hook to your Onkyo as your music "server".
B) Buy an Airport Express and optical (SPDIF) cable then hook to your Onkyo and stream (lossless) direct from you Mac/PC's iTunes using your iPhone' Remote App (this is the method I use).
This is by far your easy way to future proof and manage your music at the highest quality while staying in the Apple music eccosystem.

I had a similar question in a thread and wanted to know what the benefit of the Airports or ATV are:

1.) PC with iTunes hard wired on a GB network > Airport Express or ATV > to AVR > use Apple remote app to control

2.) PC with iTunes hard wired on a GB network > AVR > use Apple remote app to control

I have been using the #2 method and it works alright but Airplay really seems buggy > the Airplay icon appears then disappears so you have to reboot or it just stops working via a generic error so you have to reboot etc.. Really frustrating. I updated to the latest iTunes version as well as the iTouch's I use for Remote app.

PC is Win7x64 plenty of memory etc..Network is all new GB router, AVR is a 6006. That all being said the best so far has just been an iPod classic via USB to the AVR. The only downside is its another device you have to manage (not on the network), the interface has to be through the TV which isn't ideal and my classic is really dedicated to my car.

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