FLAC support in Leopard?

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  1. petteri macrumors member

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    Has anyone been able to confirm if FLAC support is coming with the release of Leopard? I've got my entire music collection in FLAC now and am in the early stages of planning an upgrade to my HTPC. If FLAC support is on it's way (either with iTunes or within the OS itself) that will clarify my plans. Right now using FLAC with a mac is really no fun at all....
     
  2. zach macrumors 65816

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    unfortunately i don't see any reason why it would. i love FLAC as much as you, but apple seems dead set on Apple Lossless, and there's no reason they'd introduce support for a format competing against one of their own, no matter how standard it is these days.
     
  3. bgalizio macrumors member

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    Use xACT for encoding/decoding. SlimServer works well for the server side of things. Play will play 24bit FLACs, and Cog is fine for 16bit FLACs.
     
  4. petteri thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the tips. I have COG, but what is "Play"?
     
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  6. Malcster macrumors 6502

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    Songbird is shaping up nicely now too.. that'll also play FLAC. Its a more heavyweight solution than Play though.

    http://www.songbirdnest.com/
     
  7. bgalizio macrumors member

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    Does it play 24bit FLACs?
     
  8. petteri thread starter macrumors member

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  9. petteri thread starter macrumors member

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    Anything new?

    With the release of Leopard approaching and with the developer version out there I was wondering if anyone had any new information regarding FLAC support within OSX. Sure would be nice.... ;)
     
  10. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    Extremely unlikely.

    However, the increased adoption of Macs makes a solid FLAC quicktime component more and more likely, which would at least enable playback in iTunes and QuickTime.

    If nothing else, you can just xAct them to aiff, then import them into iTunes with Apple Lossless. At least the whole process will be, well, lossless!
     
  11. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Max can convert FLAC files directly to Apple Lossless. It is what I have been forced to do for a while now.
     
  12. psychofreak Retired

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    It looks awesome, but right now its buggy as hell...
     
  13. petteri thread starter macrumors member

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    Well....

    Does anyone have any new info? I would just LOVE to see FLAC support added. I'd love for my :apple:TV to stream my music in FLAC format.
     
  14. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Any word on flac support?

    Any word?
    Form what i've read, iTunes won't play nice previously, if you wanted to import flac you have got already. It'll create ALE (Apple Lossless Encoded) versions from cd's fine, but hasn't played nice with someone wanting to import their flac collection from elsewhere (PC, mediamonkey, foobar etc)
     
  15. Sky Blue Guest

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    FLAC support won't be coming, so don't look for it. :)
     
  16. petteri thread starter macrumors member

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  17. lindmar macrumors 6502

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    I spent all morning trying to get flacs to play in Leopard.

    Toast 8 did but played them bad.

    Tried cog, play etc.. nothing

    Just downloaded Songbird
    seems to be working although volume is low..
     
  18. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Why don't you convert your FLAC files to Apple Lossless? They are both lossless and about the same size, but Apple Lossless offers you commercial support.
     
  19. lindmar macrumors 6502

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    Not sure how to do it? Same quality?
     
  20. Blubbert macrumors 6502

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    I have converted all my music to lossless, but instead of going FLAC, i went for ALAC, and i can still use my iTunes to manage the music.
     
  21. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Try this thread.

    But for what its worth try XLD. It works very well.
     

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