I’m in the process streamlining my audiothek. Above all, there is iTunes with the iUniverse, i just wan’t give up the convenience to play all my files on all this devices, wherever i go.
So, the biggest roadblock for me is that i can’t play my files with Roon on my iDevices (several macs, iPads and iPhones). OK, there is Airfoil, but this is a cumbersome workaround.
So i think i make iTunes to my Main-Audiothek, connecting Roon with the Library there. OK, iTunes doesn’t play flac (no problem, i convert all flacs with XLD to alac). It also does not play dsf which i also could convert via XLD to highres alac’s.
But some did’nt play well from within iTunes, some files are corrupted in translation from flac/dsd etc. And then there is the iCloud Mediathek which is unable to use or translate highres files to lower resolution so that i can play them on the go from the cloud in low-res. A mess!
I see Roon as the main solution to play my music when i’m in the living room, have enogh time to dig deep into my music universe, while iTunes is my McDonalds-like Fastfood point, listening on the go or while i’m out and about or in a rush.
So, what is the best Strategie to have both worlds? After a lot of days converting my stuff to iTunes i think i may go back to the drawing board and feed my iTunes Library only with low-res and maybe up to 16/44 files to get all benefits from iTunes and iCloud Mediathek, leaving all files higher then 16/44 to Roon aka converting these to 16/44 for iTunes so tha i have them available in 2 resolutions, but, arghh, i didn’t really like to have files in 2 resolutions.
Any recommendations how to proceed with this?