Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

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Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

Postposted on Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:49 pm

After poking around for a while on HDtracks.com I decided to buy an album in 96kHz/24-bit FLAC format. It sounds most excellent on my PC but will not play on my Galaxy S4. I later found out that, while Android natively supports FLAC, apparently it only supports up to 48kHz/24-bit files. I've tried a handful of third-party media players with no luck. It's not a huge deal; I'm just curious to know if there's any way to play the original files without converting or downsampling them.
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Re: Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

Postposted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:48 am

A paid app might allow for on-the-fly downsampling, but since i'm assuming the S4 doesn't have the proper codec, you might just have to downsample everything yourself.
I never understood using lossless files on phones anyway. They aren't good enough to tell the difference between mp3 320kbps and lossless (imo).
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Re: Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

Postposted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:16 am

PowerAmp will do this for you. Probably only the paid version.
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Re: Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

Postposted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:41 am

I've been using PowerAmp for so long, I've forgotten that it handles crazy stuff like 96kHz FLAC without me having to worry about whether the underlying platform natively supports it.
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Re: Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

Postposted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:46 am

I just use ffmpeg (and sox) for everything.

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The SGS4 can do USB audio out. Pretty nice when combined with an external DAC/AMP.
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Re: Galaxy S4 FLAC Playback

Postposted on Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:21 pm

Awesome, I'll try out PowerAmp. And yeah, I'm not expecting much of a difference from high-quality MP3s with my stock earbuds and noisy traffic whizzing by constantly... but hey, why not? :P
Thanks for the help!
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