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SamIchi
Dec 27, 2006, 03:55 PM
Apparentely iTunes doesn't support flac's. Suggestions? I've seen a couple on version tracker. Max, Xact, which one?



Toby Goodbar
Jan 8, 2007, 01:46 AM
use xACT. i did. its simple, effecient, n free. it also handles batch conversions. id3 tagging if needed, also in batch.....

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/8830/picture1qz1.png

reubs
Jan 11, 2007, 09:16 PM
HOpe someone is still reading this thread...I was trying to decode some .flacs today usig xACT, I got some errors. I did a "checksum" on them, and I got this error:

BC1997-07-06t13.flac: testing, 16% completeBC1997-07-06t13.flac: *** Got error code 2:FLAC__STREAM_DECODER_ERROR_STATUS_FRAME_CRC_MISMATCH


BC1997-07-06t13.flac: ERROR while decoding data

I can't really find out what that means, so if anyone has any help that'd be great.

Thanks.

habibbijan
Jan 12, 2007, 02:08 PM
I'm not sure about the error, but see if Max works.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/19873

iW00t
Jan 12, 2007, 02:13 PM
You can try Max

xypher
Jan 17, 2007, 12:04 PM
I prefer the excellent XLD, available from here:

http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html


Make sure you set your preferences.

spinne1
Feb 10, 2007, 01:47 PM
Amadeus Pro is excellent for this. It also does batch conversions.

stevehp
Apr 4, 2007, 01:51 PM
So what is the consensus?

quigleybc
Apr 5, 2007, 01:43 AM
I have converted hundreds of Flac files using Xact, it's a great app.

I've also tried an app called Macflac, but I've since trashed it.

Toast works too.

I rip Flac's down to aiff's with Xact then import em all into iTunes with a preset Mp3 iTunes automater plug in. :)

apandada
Oct 19, 2009, 10:32 PM
Xact works very well.

Luap
Oct 20, 2009, 06:43 PM
Xact works very well.

Pssst.. Date of OP's post = Dec 27, 2006 :D
But yes, Xact is good..

SnapperNZ
Dec 29, 2009, 09:40 AM
Well if we're going to update this thread - seeing as it's high up the list of results when googling for flac conversion for mac os...

ALL2MP3 is free, and converts straight to mp3 - which xACT doesn't....

ALL2MP3 Works a treat.

thegoldenmackid
Dec 29, 2009, 03:47 PM
XLD is what I use. I also have Max.

ChrisA
Dec 29, 2009, 05:15 PM
XLD is what I use. I also have Max.

+1 for XLD. It is very minimalist user interface but it is fast and accurate. If you have a batch of conversion to do it will run conversions in parallel so as to put every one of your CPU cores to good use. It is one of the few apps that run 4 times faster on a 4 core system. It is free and works well, what more to ask for?

EEcuber17
Dec 30, 2009, 03:37 PM
XLD definitely. Never had a problem.

gsfgf
Jan 2, 2010, 01:40 PM
After trying to get fluke working for two hours, I fully endorse XLD

Plumbstone
Jan 5, 2010, 08:20 AM
Yup, XLD is definitely the way to go now.

Or you could just use Cog to play flacs as they are, which is really the point of lossless files anyway, No?

mr666
Aug 29, 2010, 04:36 AM
snaprnz:
This is "macrumors.com", so we don't really care about ALL2MP3, a Windows app.

Everyone:
How do we know Max and others are actually doing the conversion in one step? Couldn't it be a hidden two step process with only the final result saved to disk? That would explain why they take so long to convert.
Also, you can just play Flac files in iTunes:
http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/06/12/how-to-play-flac-files-in-itunes/
I use this process when I am too lazy to convert, but converting is better, and then trash the Flac files. Saves HDD space, and never miss the "perfection" of Flac, since I'm not using Klipschorns and all that stuff. The process breaks and has to be redone at times. Not sure why, maybe Software Update fiddles with it. The link for Fluke (OS 10.5 and later) seems expired. Another:
http://code.google.com/p/flukeformac/
The "full" process works in Tiger, possibly even in Jaguar.
Personally, I am not a Flac-o-phile. If I want to take up enormous amounts of drive space to have perfection, I have AIF format. If I want to have same actual sound (to any non-dog ears) in a smaller file, I have 320 MP3 and 320 AAC.

GaryMeadows
Sep 8, 2010, 11:57 AM
I've just d/l & installed Max, and it works great for me.

Gary

gatepc
Sep 8, 2010, 01:29 PM
I use max for hundreds of FLAC to Apple lossless conversions but it can also convert to mp3 plus it will use every core on your mac to speed it up!

sylvest100
Nov 3, 2010, 07:19 AM
snaprnz:
This is "macrumors.com", so we don't really care about ALL2MP3, a Windows app.

ALL2MP3 works perfectly well on my Mac...

http://www.tresrrr.com/All2MP3/ENGLISH.html

gmia
Nov 4, 2010, 01:13 PM
Just downloaded max and it converted flac within a matter of seconds. Great program.

milo
Nov 5, 2010, 12:27 PM
Max has been great for me, converts tons of formats and extremely fast.

neuromajor
Nov 6, 2010, 09:25 PM
1. Create an audio CD with the flac files
2. Save as disk image
3. Mount image using Utilities-->Mount
4. See Mounted CD in iTunes

Got to love Toast :D

paul70
Dec 7, 2010, 02:59 AM
Well if we're going to update this thread - seeing as it's high up the list of results when googling for flac conversion for mac os...

ALL2MP3 is free, and converts straight to mp3 - which xACT doesn't....

ALL2MP3 Works a treat.

I have used both very successfully but ALL2MP3 does seem extremely simple so I tend towards that

martid4
Jan 22, 2011, 06:59 PM
Max has been great for me, converts tons of formats and extremely fast.

My only issue is that Max stops on an error and if you have a batch conversion in progress, it is maddening to have it stop. Why not just log it and continue?

Mad4WDW
May 17, 2011, 11:06 AM
Hi All,

I know this thread was started years ago but google found it today when I searched for a FLAC to MP3 converter for Mac.

Just wanted to let anyone else know who also looks that I got XLD and it worked like a charm. Full album conversion in seconds on a late 2010 i7 iMac.

Great that I found the answer on a website I already visit most days as well.

Greg

MobiusStrip
Feb 4, 2012, 05:13 PM
xACT looks excellent so far. It even has a convenient tag editor for fixing metadata, which is usually a major pain in the ass. Especially if you're archiving stuff in FLAC that you captured as wave files (no metadata).

Zoddino
Feb 5, 2012, 06:42 AM
XLD all the way!

http://tmkk.pv.land.to/xld/index_e.html

Prodo123
Feb 6, 2012, 10:52 PM
First, let me point out that this thread is five and a half years old...
And XLD is the gold standard for transcoding.

Higginz
Feb 25, 2012, 12:52 PM
xACT and XLD are great. However I now use the excellent Pro Audio Converter from the Apple app store. Awesome.

LiesForTheLiars
Feb 25, 2012, 12:54 PM
I use X Lossless Decoder and nothing else. It's a powerful tool and if you get confused there's tutorials online. Plus it's free and updated frequently.

MobiusStrip
May 24, 2012, 04:34 AM
So far I've had great results with xACT. Why is XLD better?

Dunkaccino
Oct 26, 2012, 10:54 PM
All2MP3 is a very efficient program. I use it to convert my FLAC files to 320MP3