What App Should I Use To Convert .flac to .mp3?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by SamIchi, Dec 27, 2006.

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    SamIchi

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    Apparentely iTunes doesn't support flac's. Suggestions? I've seen a couple on version tracker. Max, Xact, which one?
     
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    use xACT. i did. its simple, effecient, n free. it also handles batch conversions. id3 tagging if needed, also in batch.....

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    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.
     
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    iW00t

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    You can try Max
     
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    Amadeus Pro is excellent for this. It also does batch conversions.
     
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    So what is the consensus?
     
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    quigleybc

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    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. :)
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Xact works very well.
     
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    Luap

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

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    XLD is what I use. I also have Max.
     
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    +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?
     
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    XLD definitely. Never had a problem.
     
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    After trying to get fluke working for two hours, I fully endorse XLD
     
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    Plumbstone

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    I've just d/l & installed Max, and it works great for me.

    Gary
     
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    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!
     
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    No, it's a Mac app....

    ALL2MP3 works perfectly well on my Mac...

    http://www.tresrrr.com/All2MP3/ENGLISH.html
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    Max works great

    Just downloaded max and it converted flac within a matter of seconds. Great program.
     
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    Max has been great for me, converts tons of formats and extremely fast.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    Like stated, Toast works too:

    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
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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

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