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thegrandmaster
May 24, 2007, 03:26 PM
Hey guys, is there a program out there that easily converts FLAC to AAC, I've got some FLAC files and I want to play them in iTunes and iPod, how can I do it?

Thanks guys!



SilentPanda
May 24, 2007, 03:28 PM
There is a program called xACT (http://macworld.com/2459)which works really well I think. It also does MD5's if you have them to check the file validity. It may only convert FLAC to AIFF or WAV though but you can pop those into iTunes and convert to AAC.

balamw
May 24, 2007, 03:29 PM
Mac or PC?

Personally, I do this on my PC. FLAC -> WAV -> iTunes -> AAC manually, or using iTunesEncode.

B

fistful
May 24, 2007, 03:30 PM
I've used Max (http://sbooth.org/Max/) for this purpose in the past.

Morris
May 24, 2007, 07:07 PM
I've used Max (http://sbooth.org/Max/) for this purpose in the past.

Agreed. Max is perfect for this task. It uses the same AAC encoder as iTunes for AAC (and a better one, Lame, for MP3) so no worries about quality.

Because Max supports multiple variants of AAC it can be a bit confusing at first. The flavour you want is the first 'MPEG4 Audio' you can select under 'Desired output formats', there you choose AAC. Do not use .mp4 or AAC ADTS.

thegrandmaster
May 25, 2007, 01:12 PM
Thanks guys, I'll be able to listen to them in iTunes finally!

teohyc
Aug 13, 2008, 02:08 AM
Thanks for the Max suggestion

mr.666
Aug 13, 2008, 08:42 AM
cant beat MAX!

arkitect
Aug 13, 2008, 08:51 AM
cant beat MAX!

Oh, yes you can. ;)

Try XLD (http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html)

isteen
Sep 11, 2008, 05:04 PM
Because Max supports multiple variants of AAC it can be a bit confusing at first. The flavour you want is the first 'MPEG4 Audio' you can select under 'Desired output formats', there you choose AAC. Do not use .mp4 or AAC ADTS.

I'm a bit confused.
I did as suggested, and the files comes out as .mp4
Converting a cd in iTunes as AAC comes out as .mp4a

Am I doing something wrong?

theLimit
Sep 11, 2008, 05:42 PM
Several great suggestions linked above. Max, xACT, XLD are all good. I'd also like to point out AudialHub (http://www.techspansion.com/audialhub/) to easily convert and send to iTunes as Music, Audiobook, or Ringtone. It's one of my most-used programs.

theBB
Sep 11, 2008, 06:28 PM
I'm a bit confused.
I did as suggested, and the files comes out as .mp4
Converting a cd in iTunes as AAC comes out as .mp4a

Am I doing something wrong?
The extensions do not matter that much. Try to add one to iTunes and see if it works and then try to add it to an iPod if you have one.

You can also use Max to convert FLAC to Apple Lossless so that you do not lose any quality, but it would take up more space than AAC.

pbkiller
Sep 13, 2008, 01:07 PM
Try a program called Switch... Works like a charm!:o

isteen
Sep 14, 2008, 03:46 AM
Try a program called Switch... Works like a charm!:o

My bad - I got Max working.
I already have Switch installed - it good, but it can't concert to Flac or AAC

wheeeezy
Jun 5, 2009, 06:37 AM
I'm very confused.
I have around 50 albums in itunes which were originally flac.
The albums were simply dragged and dropped into itunes which then converted them automatically into apple lossless. I never questioned itunes' ability to do this until recently it stopped after installing the latest version of itunes.
I've now read about these elaborate methods for converting music from flac to aac and I can't work out how itunes used to do this. Am I going mad????
Jim

arkitect
Jun 5, 2009, 06:44 AM
I'm very confused.
I have around 50 albums in itunes which were originally flac.
The albums were simply dragged and dropped into itunes which then converted them automatically into apple lossless. I never questioned itunes' ability to do this until recently it stopped after installing the latest version of itunes.

You're saying iTunes automatically converted Flac files to Apple Lossless?

Wow!

As far as i know that has never been possible without using a QuickTime plug-in such as Xiph (http://www.xiph.org/).

Perhaps you had that installed?

wheeeezy
Jun 5, 2009, 06:47 AM
I'll give that a try but I certainly haven't had anything like this installed before.

Trainwreck707
Jun 5, 2009, 11:38 AM
XLD for sure. It is a bit more complicated than Max, but has a few extra options that I find necessary, especially for ripping.

wheeeezy
Jun 6, 2009, 12:42 AM
Thanks for the advice guys. XLD won/t help as I'm using windows.
Anyway, can anyone explain why my itunes used to convert flac automatically when adding music? Has anyone else been able to do this?

thegoldenmackid
Jun 6, 2009, 01:18 AM
I use both Max and XLD. I enjoy both for their different purposes...

I've also used Fluke and MacFlac...

weckart
Jun 6, 2009, 02:31 AM
Another paid option is Amadeus Pro which I got from a Macupdate bundle. There probably plenty others.

wheeeezy
Jun 8, 2009, 11:35 AM
OK!!!! But can anyone explain why my itunes used to convert flac automatically when adding music? Has anyone else been able to do this? I didn't have any of these programs installed at the time.

Holger Dansk
Jul 11, 2009, 04:16 PM
I followed the thread above, installed Max, fumbled with it for a few minutes, then accidentally discovered if you highlight the flac files already in iTunes and right click you get an option to convert to apple lossless. Click that and it creates new files from the old; then just delete the old files (new files are above old files if you list tunes in music library by date). And these new files will copy to the iPod - the old flac files would play on the macbook but wouldn't copy to the iPod. That's using iTunes 8.1.1 (10).

Eazy Peazy Japaneze, as they used to say.

klane
Jul 13, 2009, 08:57 PM
You guys are awesome. Just downloaded Max ftw!

gusious
Jul 24, 2009, 08:30 AM
One question guys. When converting from FLAC to AAC do you loose quality or not?

Edit: Oh one more. Which is best and why: FLAC or Apple Lossless?

sbking
Jul 24, 2009, 09:47 AM
AAC, like mp3 is lossy, so you will always lose quality if you encode something to AAC.

As for the FLAC vs Apple Lossless, FLAC is better for general use (it compresses better), but if you use iTunes than Apple Lossless is the best option.

gusious
Jul 24, 2009, 01:10 PM
Thanks for replying sbking. One more question though. Guys here say that the best app for converting Flac to mp3s or aac files is Max(among the others). But what app should i use for ripping my cds into Flac? Is Max app able to do that?:)

gusious
Jul 26, 2009, 01:56 AM
Anyone you guys?:o

Trainwreck707
Jul 27, 2009, 12:46 AM
Anyone you guys?:o

Max is able to rip to FLAC. I started with Max but am now exclusively using XLD. I feel more comfortable with my rips when using some of the advanced features you get with XLD—especially the ability to save a log of each rip. If you prefer Max over XLD, you might want to check out Rip. It is still a beta, but looks promising.

iKitz
Jul 29, 2009, 04:58 AM
Thanks

dopipod
Jun 8, 2010, 01:40 AM
OK!!!! But can anyone explain why my itunes used to convert flac automatically when adding music? Has anyone else been able to do this? I didn't have any of these programs installed at the time.

I have also had limited success with converting flac files directly in iTunes in the past.
I cannot, however, offer an explanation as to how iTunes managed this, or confirm whether you may, or may not, be going mad;)

milbournosphere
Jun 11, 2010, 12:40 PM
I've used Max (http://sbooth.org/Max/) for this purpose in the past.
+1. Max is an excellent program. Completely free (beer AND speech) as well. It supports multiple threads, which makes mass conversions much faster.

miknos
Nov 18, 2011, 09:43 AM
Tried XLD (http://tmkk.pv.land.to/xld/index_e.html) and it works awesomely great.

And it is updated often.

stewart93
Dec 4, 2011, 03:16 AM
in the past I converted my music collection from Flac to AAC (http://www.mp3converter-mac.com/flac-to-itunes-converter-for-mac/) so it'd play on my first iPod. It was a while ago but I remember it being a very good application. you may download it for a try

macmadness86
Jun 25, 2012, 10:42 AM
You could get this newer free media player called Clementine, which is written in python, if I am not mistaken. Its very quick and converts stuff nicely. Great companion to iTunes if you just want something that starts fast to listen to music in a folder without adding it to your main library.

Get it here (http://www.clementine-player.org/en/)

best wishes
--macmadness86

emaja
Jun 25, 2012, 01:31 PM
One question guys. When converting from FLAC to AAC do you loose quality or not?

Edit: Oh one more. Which is best and why: FLAC or Apple Lossless?

Use XLD to convert FLAC to ALAC that way you lose no quality.

lossless = lossless

You can listen through your stereo losslessly and enjoy pure bliss and then sync to your iPod while downconverting to save space.

ppc_michael
Jun 25, 2012, 03:03 PM
If you're comfortable with the command line, you can use the official FLAC tool to decode to WAV or AIFF, then use something like neroaacenc to encode it to AAC. You can make that in to one command by telling flac to output to stdout, and telling neroaacenc to read in from stdout, and piping the two together.

keybaby
Aug 4, 2012, 10:02 AM
Does any one know Max works with Mountain Lion? I searched "convert FLAC to Apple Lossless mountain lion" and found this FLAC Converter (http://www.softwaretree.net/article/convert-flac-mountain-lion.html)can convert FLAC to Apple Lossless directly. It also can work to convert FLAC to MP3, AAC, WAV, even 24bit WAV.

wilsonlaidlaw
Mar 14, 2013, 09:18 AM
I have been using XLD ever since iTunes stopped reading FLAC files a few years ago. I convert to ALAC. My only beef is that it would be nice to have a drop file dialog box open when you first open the app. It is all still quite menu driven.

DavidMarks
Jun 9, 2013, 09:32 PM
Thanks for the MAX tip! You saved me! :cool:

\-V-/
Jun 9, 2013, 09:36 PM
Another +1 for X Lossless Decoder (XLD).

hogger129
Jun 10, 2013, 06:06 AM
One question guys. When converting from FLAC to AAC do you loose quality or not?

Edit: Oh one more. Which is best and why: FLAC or Apple Lossless?

Yes, you lose quality because AAC is a lossy codec.

It depends. I use Apple Lossless since iTunes natively supports it and it makes it easier to manage all my music that way. My Sansa Clip Zip also supports it and AAC (through Rockbox). Usually I just cut all my stuff down to 256 AAC anyway for both my iPod and Sansa since it sounds good enough to my ears.

I use dBpoweramp and import to WAV first, then I drag/drop the WAV files into iTunes and create Apple Lossless versions, rename the songs, add artwork/metadata.

pogoyoyo
Jun 10, 2013, 10:13 AM
Why on earth would you convert FLAC to aac? Everything Apple can play Apple lossless (ALAC, .m4a extension)... so there's no point of using AAC other than maybe saving some space.