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

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

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Apparentely iTunes doesn't support flac's. Suggestions? I've seen a couple on version tracker. Max, Xact, which one?
  2. Toby Goodbar macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    use xACT. i did. its simple, effecient, n free. it also handles batch conversions. id3 tagging if needed, also in batch.....

  3. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    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.

  4. habibbijan macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2004
  5. xypher macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2007
  6. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    Amadeus Pro is excellent for this. It also does batch conversions.
  7. stevehp macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    It's not a house, it's a home.
  8. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    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. :)
  9. apandada macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2009
  10. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    Pssst.. Date of OP's post = Dec 27, 2006 :D
    But yes, Xact is good..
  11. SnapperNZ macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2007
    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.
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
  13. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    +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?
  14. EEcuber17 macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2005
    Illinois, US
  15. gsfgf macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    After trying to get fluke working for two hours, I fully endorse XLD
  16. Plumbstone macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2007
    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?
  17. mr666 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2009
    This is "macrumors.com", so we don't really care about ALL2MP3, a Windows app.

    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:
    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:
    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.
  18. GaryMeadows macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    I've just d/l & installed Max, and it works great for me.

  19. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    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!
  20. sylvest100 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2010
    No, it's a Mac app....

    ALL2MP3 works perfectly well on my Mac...

  21. gmia macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2010
    Max works great

    Just downloaded max and it converted flac within a matter of seconds. Great program.
  22. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Max has been great for me, converts tons of formats and extremely fast.
  23. neuromajor macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2005
    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
  24. paul70 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2010
    I have used both very successfully but ALL2MP3 does seem extremely simple so I tend towards that

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