So... I'd like to resurrect this thread. The problem I find is that ipods fortunately or unfortunately are THE mp3 player for compatible integrations with homes, receivers, car stereos, etc.... As such you're stuck with ALAC unless you want to hack your iPod firmware with a 3rd part firmware. If you do that however you would lose the capability with the integration devices I mentioned previously. Therefore you're essentially stuck with the Apple firmware. This being the case I either have to switch to iTunes (don't want to do) or find a plug-in for Media Monkey for Alac ripping, playback, and conversion. Since the last posts on this thread has anybody built one or found one? I think there's one for Winamp to playback alac and perhaps in rip to ALAC form.