Reply To: Lossless streaming?

March 18, 2023 at 7:34 pm #5522

AAC is lossy, of course.  So what comes outa the decoder ain’t gonna be bit-for-bit identical with the original going into the encoder.  But FLAC and any other lossless codec should be bit-for-bit.  If it is not bit-for-bit identical, then a glitch happened somewhere, but alpha and beta testing should have uncovered any bugs that would do that.

If a lossless coding algorithm is working, the worst you can toss it is broadbanded white noise.  It will likely not compress at all.  Some algs might result in a “compressed” file that is longer than the original.