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Old 6th August 2010, 03:15 AM   #11
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VLC/Play, methinks is the way forward.
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Old 6th August 2010, 03:21 AM   #12
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Newer releases of iTunes will do the job, but there are many pitfalls waiting to trip you up. I haven put a bit-analyzer on it recently, but a couple of versions back it was 16 bit output only. It would play 24 bit files, but would truncate the wordlength silently. That's just not a nice thing to do withput dithering the result (it didn't do that either).
iTunes outputs whatever is set in Apple Midi Setup (whih will limit itself based on the output hardware)

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Old 6th August 2010, 03:39 AM   #13
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iTunes outputs whatever is set in Apple Midi Setup
Yes, after my previous post something was bugging me. So I just did a little research and found this excellent article at Benchmark. I knew Dave would catch me

BTW, the same article indicates that using the iTunes volume is not that bad. It was iTunes 6 and earlier that were the culprits.
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iTunes outputs whatever is set in Apple Midi Setup
It appears that iTunes 9 is now updated automatically when changes are made in Audio Media Setup.
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Old 6th August 2010, 03:34 PM   #15
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Ahhh, that's where I originally got my explanation to the weirdness I was hearing with iTunes. Thanks for the link!

It's been extended some since I read it and I'm glad to see the issue has been at least somewhat mitigated in the intervening years.

Certainly one of those cases where knowing the limits of your gear helps you get the most out of it.
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