My library is AIFF for PCM and DSF for DSD files. I am considering moving all AIFF to FLAC.
In such a move, I would expect I would lose all customizations to albums (eg pointing to the right artists) as well as having to redo all my playlists. This alone could stop me from making such a move.
Am I correct? Is there a way to avoid these two issues?
I guess the answer depends on whether Roon deals with files or albums. I’d think the database is album based rather than based on underlying files so any changes/customisations should follow the album.
Assuming you’re doing it via Windows I’d disable the storage area, run the in-situ conversion using dbPoweramp (with a setting to write to the same folder, verify the resultant file and then delete the source file on successful verification) and only re-enable the storage area when the conversion is done.
I think your hunch is correct. I experimented with some ALAC files last year so just added them to Roon and they are seen as duplicates. So, it would seem that any changes to the album will follow through.
Try a few with customisations and see what happens.
I hear you on the in-built md5sum check, but to the best of my knowledge ( and experience) AIFF has all the metadata capabilities of Flac.
Couple of years ago, I have run a Ripping Service business. Ripping happened in Flac, but at,least for myself, I have converted everything to AIFF.
Why AIFF? In my case I decided for AIFF when I started re-ripping my entire CD collection. I am a mac person so AIFF was a reasonable choice. Yes, there’s ALAC, but I felt no desire to get more embroiled with the Apple ecosystem more than I already am.
AIFF does have all the tagging capabilities that FLAC has to my knowledge. Certainly all the ones I use.
The whole point of moving to FLAC would be to reduce file size. [Moderated]
I have many cases where I have many copies of my local files. For sure local+tidal+qobuz. Sometimes I have many local versions grouped in versions - eg DSD, redbook, hi-res, MQA. But transcoding and keeping both? And going through the work of ensuring they would be recognized as versions of the same album (which often fails with Tidal and Qobuz versions)? [Moderated]
If you export the files from within Roon do the fixes you’ve made get exported to file also? If yes you could round trip them by transcoding the exports to flac then reimporting into Roon having deleted the original files following export.
I don’t think you uderstood what @evand was asking. When you export music files, Roon does indeed include the Roon metadata in the exported files. At least that is what I have experienced. He was asking if you export the files via Roon, change their format, and then add them back to Roon, do your fixes get preserved?
Wow. It sure is hard to help you as you fight all the help all the way…
An export does not touch the original files. It exports new files with the metadata as seen in Roon at the time of the export. What would be the point of exporting otherwise???
Using an external program to modify the file format of these exported files should leave the metadata alone. If set you Roon up properly, the “customizations” you made should survive. No one said that Roon would somehow consider the newly converted files the same as the old files. The file extensions are different so that is not possible. So your playlists would not survive but your “tweaks” probably would.
@evand was trying to offer you a partial solution. I was trying to explain it because it was clear you did not understand the process suggested…I am sure I will be punished for doing so.