Originally Posted by mopar426
So, If I installed a FLAC Codec for Windows Media Player 11:
1st, would I achieve my desired results? That being, Utilize U-Verse Media Share which seams to have no issues with the WAV
There are two problems that must be solved. One is having a FLAC decoder for WMP and the other, forcing DLNA protocol to understand it. The former has solutions. While I have not used them, here is decoder install: http://xiph.org/dshow/
. Install and test them to see if it plays locally. Once there, give it a shot with your U-Verse box. I suspect it will not work but it is worth a try. The reason I say it does not work is because this is a standardized protocol (DLNA) and both sides need to understand this file type. But the standard does not include Flac. There may be a solution out there but I don't know it. You can google for "DLNA and FLAC" and see what you can find.
4th, if #3 provided the final nail in my FLAC coffin, what would anyone suggest as solution? My WAV files play nice but lack metadata (That WMP seams to fill in "some" blanks) thus when I covert to mp3 I get "unknown_this/unknown_that/TRACK 5" no Album Art, ending in a sync full of dirty dishes.
You can go directly from Flac to MP3 without going to .wav. I assume the metadata would be preserved. So if you are happy with high bit rate MP3/WMA, that would a good solution here.
This is all too frustrating to a point, knowing that if I dumped everything and went Apple (New MAC, New AV receiver, Air-Play, I-Pad mini and I-Phone) I'd be enjoying the features instead of tinkering with third party this and that to achieve the same. However, I do find it entertaining to research those cards I've dealt myself with a PC.
Thank you for your input
There is a lot to be said about the integrated and easy way the Apple universe works this way although it also doesn't understand Flac. If you converted your files to Apple lossless or AAC, you would be good to go end to end. You will have a nice touch interface to browse and push content to Air Play (e.g. on iPad). The same can also be done with Windows but more work will be involved
Edit: did a bit of googling and it seems that some DLNA servers do transcode FLAC to PCM. So give the above a try and see if it works with WMP. if it does not, getting another DLNA server that does may be the solution.