2 votesJames commented
While it maybe a good combination with the multiple music library (transcode part is similar). I also see why someone want mp3 mirror.
The use case here probably is a little different. I don't really want two copies of the lossless library (it is very big as is :) I guess you could implemented in the one swoop, just add a one instance in-place conversion vs. multiple library instance.
One effort solves both use case.James commented
For example, My primary streamers is Linn Klimax DS, the entire LNN DS family only process single track FLAC, no multi-track FLAC support, nor does it have APE+CUE support. Uncompressing .zip or .rar file is also feel unproductive as always.
My Oppo-103 used to support only single-track flac, They just added the CUE support in their latest firmware (for both flac and ape)
APE support is very popular in Asian countries. Not sure the reason. Probably due to better compression ratio and localized tools. CUE is widely used with APE. I hardly see any single track APE's.