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By: GothamGuerrilla Sackboy 474 posts
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Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

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I'm gonna download Nine Inch Nails latest album & they give an option to download it in "a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE.".

I'm not sure if the latest PSP firmware allows playing of FLAC or M4A music or even "24/96 WAVE" ( whatever that is).

Does it? 

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Re: Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

Nov 2, 2008
It doesn't play FLAC although it may play the M4A or WAVE depending if the PSP supports lossless. 

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Re: Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

Nov 2, 2008

I have The Slip Album as well... though on the site, only the mp3 version is a direct download from NIN's site, the other formats you download a torrent file first... But even if you just searched for the torrents I don't think it's pirateing since they are the ones who first put the torrents up when they released the whole album as a free download.

 

As for the PSP playback... it can play WAVE (Linear PCM) files... though I'm not too sure that's not the same thing as a 24/96 WAVE file..

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Nov 2, 2008

I'll just choose the MP3 version then. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

Nov 2, 2008
Unless you have extremely good headphones or sound system, you aren't likely to notice anything, espescially with the default PSP headphones.

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Re: Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

Nov 2, 2008

So far, the PSP only supports the following music formats.

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • ATRAC3plus
  • ATRAC3
  • WAV
  • WMA
  • AAC (.MP4)
  • AAC (.3GP)

 

Out of those, the only one that's CD quality is WAV, but I learned firsthand that those files are quite bulky. I also wished that the PSP supported more lossless music formats besides WAV, but I came to the conclusion that Sony may never make such a Firmware update. I decided to buy a FLAC-supported music player device later this year (either a SanDisk Sanza Fuse or an iAudio) instead of waiting for Sony.

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Re: Re: Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

Nov 2, 2008
what are the advantages having FLAC files?
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Re: Re: Does the PSP play FLAC/M4A music files?

Nov 2, 2008
It plays WAVE if its in the PCM data. (ex: recording audio, or Locoroco Song @ The PS Store)
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Nov 2, 2008
Even with great headphones and lossless formats, you're going to have a hard time noticing. The psp is a good mp3 player, but nowhere near audiophile-quality. Even if it were, two problems exist: a.) either you're young enough so your ears work perfectly, in which case you won't notice subtle nuance (this takes time to master), b.) you're old enough to have severely discerning tastes, in which case your ears are probably not in good enough shape to worry about it.
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Nov 3, 2008
I read that FLAC is a lossless music format and that it don't take up as much space as WAV.
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