Pulse, I think you will not make the frustration go away with that answer. the technical argument presented here and elsewhere are either nonexistant or they dodge the issue. This makes it feel as though the lack of FLAC support is a political issue, rather than a technical one. What a lot of us would like to know, is the following:
- How come the hardware can be made to decode MP3 and AAC, but not FLAC? The latter is distinctly easier to decode in terms of computational power.Just about any chip that can manage MP3 can do FLAC as well; the buffers are small enough that memory should not be the issue.
- Please address the suggestion of having Rekordbox transcode the files as you export them to the USB medium. It appears that this should solve everything even if current hardware for whatever reason cannot be made FLAC compatible; you get to keep your music archive intact and won't have to deal with duplicate data. Surely implementing the FLAC codec in Rekordbox should be trivial?
- Please do not simply say there are cross converters available; We all know that and what everyone wants is to NOT have to deal with them. That's the very point of this argument.
The "no standard tagging format" argument clearly has no merit, so I can only imagine there is some elephant in the room regarding FLAC that Pioneer do not want to mention. I just wish I could figure out what it is because this whole thing is very frustrating.