Indeed. Think of it this way, you can convert to 16-bit FLAC for the device, or simply compress the files a bit by going with any one of the available formats, wma, mp3, or ogg. It will sound great on the portable machine! You’ll also have the advantage of more available memory space.
Ripping to a high bit rate mp3, like 256 or higher, you’d be hard pressed to discern a big loss in sound quality. Save the highest resolution versions for playback on a larger system.
Why shouldn’t the fuze be able to support 24 bit though?
You would have thought it would be easy for the Clip+ to truncate the bottom 8 bits of 24-bit files and output them as 16-bit. It’s probably got a 16-bit CPU, though, so maybe it’s not trivially easy because the intermediate calculations need to be 24 or 32 bits wide, but surely it’s not rocket science.
I just don’t want the hassle of having to identify which albums are stored on my computer as 24-bit FLAC and converting them to another, very slightly different, format specially for my portable audio player. No electronic gadget is worth that much pampering.
Message Edited by moopig on 06-29-2010 05:30 PM