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MajereXYU
Sep 24, 2007, 02:41 AM
Does anyone know of a good piece of Software to convert .FLAC audio files to Apple Lossless Codec?

Basically, if I could get iTunes to play Flac, I could convert them using iTunes but the Quicktime Component that was supposed to let me import Flac I found does not seem to work...

Anyone have any suggestion?



telecomm
Sep 24, 2007, 02:56 AM
I'd use xAct (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21952) to convert flac to aiff, then iTunes to convert aiff to Apple lossless. (iTunes offers the option to convert files to your default import encoding selection.)

MajereXYU
Sep 24, 2007, 03:02 AM
Thanks! I will look into this!

Seems like it would be the best option since it is lossless as well and natively played by iTunes.

But then again, I could always keep the files in .aiff format.

Does aiff take more disk space than AAC Lossless? Also, can iPods play aiff?

telecomm
Sep 24, 2007, 03:09 AM
Does aiff take more disk space than AAC Lossless? Also, can iPods play aiff?

Yes to the first question (almost double), and yes to the second as well.

MajereXYU
Sep 24, 2007, 03:15 AM
Then I'll heat up my Cores and start some encodin'!

Thanks a bunch for the info.

By the way, Xact looks solid (and it's freeware to boot).

arkitect
Sep 24, 2007, 03:18 AM
I used to use XACT — until I found XLD link (http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html)

Try it, I highly recommend it.

It converts from .Flac to apple lossless or anyone of a lot of formats in one step, so you can just import the Apple loosless file dierctly into iTunes.

PS. And it is freeware.

MajereXYU
Sep 24, 2007, 03:24 AM
I will give that a try as well. Thanks to both of you.

sou1 so1di3r
Jul 2, 2008, 07:26 PM
I used to use XACT until I found XLD link (http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html)

Try it, I highly recommend it.

It converts from .Flac to apple lossless or anyone of a lot of formats in one step, so you can just import the Apple loosless file dierctly into iTunes.

PS. And it is freeware.


Ok so, I donwloaded that XLD, but, it doesn't work

When I convert a file, it works, then when I ope then converted file (say I converted one of my ALAC files to an MP3) the song is like 3 seconds long.

What do I do?

spacepower7
Jul 4, 2008, 11:16 AM
Try using Max

http://www.sbooth.org/Max/

It can convert many different formats and can batch process.

I can convert FLAC or CD to ALAC and MP3 at the same time.

sou1 so1di3r
Jul 7, 2008, 01:35 PM
Try using Max

http://www.sbooth.org/Max/

It can convert many different formats and can batch process.

I can convert FLAC or CD to ALAC and MP3 at the same time.

ok I got MAX and it works great for MP3, but when I try to convert from FLAC to ALAC, it just starts and then says error...:confused:

pna
Jul 7, 2008, 03:51 PM
ok I got MAX and it works great for MP3, but when I try to convert from FLAC to ALAC, it just starts and then says error...:confused:

That's odd -- I'd post this question (with more specific details) on the forums over at sbooth.org (the Max website). I use exactly this configuration (flac -> apple lossless) for ripping my cd's on a linux workstation and then converting to apple lossless for archival and listening to with iTunes. The folks over there will definitely be able to help you get it going.

cdcastillo
Aug 25, 2011, 08:08 AM
I'd use xAct (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21952) to convert flac to aiff, then iTunes to convert aiff to Apple lossless. (iTunes offers the option to convert files to your default import encoding selection.)

You can not go wrong with xACT, there is no need to go and try to make the rest of apps work, why bother? Just use xACT and be done with it.

wywern209
Aug 25, 2011, 11:23 PM
MAX audio. does conversion for everything

blueroom
Aug 25, 2011, 11:26 PM
XLD is also pretty handy.

tkermit
Aug 26, 2011, 06:17 AM
And don't forget about xACT.

andymodem
Aug 26, 2011, 09:33 AM
Use XLD here, great program.

savoirfaire
Aug 26, 2011, 10:56 AM
Also xACT. :p

BlackMangoTree
Sep 1, 2011, 11:33 AM
XLD is the greatest.

alvindarkness
Sep 1, 2011, 11:32 PM
For the original posters purposes (flac to applelossless) I'd use XLD. (Even though I do occasionally use xACT for other stuff).

A one step process that handles files in bulk, will keep tags in tact, and even do high resolution files (24/192 etc) while keeping it purely lossless. If you would like it can spit out the results in an iTunes directory structure (just set the file format to something like "%A/%T/%n %t" from memory).

If you're confident the original was tagged to your liking, you can get it to immediately add to the iTunes library. But I generally prefer dragging the files in myself once I know its all organised the way I like it.

Also if you are, or ever become, a member of a community that likes a certain type of breakfast or has a title that consists of the beginning of a question. They will accept the .log files created by xld when ripping physical media when they assess the quality of your rip.

initialsBB
Sep 3, 2011, 04:24 AM
I use Audiofile Engineering's Fidelia (http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/) to play FLAC files, then go through sBooth's MAX (http://sbooth.org/Max/) to convert to ALAC for iTunes/iPod/iPhone. Max has album cover support through Amazon and tagging which I like, and it seems a tad more friendly than XLD.

PS Fidelia seems cheaper on the Mac App Store.

(marc)
Sep 3, 2011, 04:26 AM
... or just use the official FLAC tools to convert .flac to .wav and then iTunes to convert from .wav to .m4a.

AdrianK
Sep 3, 2011, 05:12 AM
... or just use the official FLAC tools to convert .flac to .wav and then iTunes to convert from .wav to .m4a.
But then you'll lose tags, hardly efficient either.

Max does it in one click.