Flac to Apple Lossless?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MajereXYU, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2005
    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?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I'd use xAct 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.)
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2005
    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?
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Yes to the first question (almost double), and yes to the second as well.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2005
    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).
  6. macrumors 601

    Sep 5, 2005
    I used to use XACT — until I found XLD link

    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.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2005
    I will give that a try as well. Thanks to both of you.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

    Jun 26, 2008
    Denver, CO

    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?
  9. macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Try using 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.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    sou1 so1di3r

    Jun 26, 2008
    Denver, CO
    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:
  11. pna
    macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2005
    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.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    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.
  13. macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    MAX audio. does conversion for everything
  14. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    XLD is also pretty handy.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
    And don't forget about xACT.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    Use XLD here, great program.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Nov 23, 2003
    New England
    Also xACT. :p
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    XLD is the greatest.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2009
    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.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    I use Audiofile Engineering's Fidelia to play FLAC files, then go through sBooth's 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.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2010
    the woods
    ... or just use the official FLAC tools to convert .flac to .wav and then iTunes to convert from .wav to .m4a.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    But then you'll lose tags, hardly efficient either.

    Max does it in one click.

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