Digital file information

Playing MP3 and Flac files

When you purchase MP3 and Flac files, you will have no issues playing these files with applications you already own. Most common music players will accept these types of files without any issues.

How to Play FLAC or Other Lossless Audio Files in iTunes

If you buy or download music in FLAC files, you may want to play them in iTunes. While iTunes doesn’t support FLAC files, it’s very easy to convert them to Apple Lossless, or ALAC, an equivalent lossless format that iTunes supports. Converting audio files from one lossless format to another is lossless; in other words, there is no quality lost when you convert from FLAC to ALAC. (The same is true with other uncompressed or lossless formats, such as WAV, AIFF, APE, SHN, and others.)

The best app for doing this on a Mac is the free XLD. It can convert too and from just about every audio format you will even want to use, and does so retaining metadata; tags with track info and album artwork.

If you use Windows, you can get a free version of dBpoweramp, which can convert files, and a paid version, which you can use to rip CDs, edit tags and more.

There used to be some third-party tools that hacked iTunes to let you add FLAC files, but they’re not reliable. If you want to use lossless files with iTunes, it’s much easier to just convert them; you can always convert them back to FLAC in the future if you want to.

Downloading DSD files

We are aware that some of our customers may have a challenging internet speed for these gigantic files. But there is absolutely no need to get frustrated! Upon request we will gladly send you the files via WeTransfer.

Playing DSD files

NativeDSD has built DACs Database that lists equipment and software that will play DSD files. Please look at this document to discover them. Much more information on DSD playback can be found in the NativeDSD Help Center.

If you are unsure about playing DSD files, you can always send us a message asking for advice. Please contact us.

Take a look at the  ‘Gear’ page on Nativedsd.com. http://gear.nativedsd.com   Maybe this can help you finding a DAC, headphones, or cables. If you live in or around the Netherlands, we can also make an appointment if you would like to try different DACs at our location, or demo them at your home. Please contact us.