Converting FLAC to ALAC

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by EstrlM3, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. EstrlM3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    Is there a program that will do this pretty easily? select flac files -> convert to alac boom done?

    any speed bumps i need to look out for? I'm assuming theres no way to lose quality, what will file size difference be?

  2. bryno92 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2011
    I use a program called XLD. It's free and simple.

    Here's a link for it - XLD
  3. EstrlM3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    Perfect, this is what I had previously just couldn't remember the name.

    Thank you!
  4. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2011
    I'm trying to digitize and backup my CD collection. Can XLD be used to rip FLAC files from a CD?

    Also is there any degradation in quality when converting from FLAC to ALAC? My understanding is that there isn't.

    And, since we're on the subject, can anyone recommend a good program to burn files FROM Flac/Alac? I'm assuming ALAC can be burned using itunes since it's native mac file but what about FLAC? I currently use Burn to burn but I'm not sure if that will work with flac (haven't tested it out yet).
  5. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)
    If they are both truly lossless , there can't be a difference in the output to the DAC.
  6. mike457 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    XLD will meet both of these needs, painlessly. For the former, you just choose what output format you want; for the latter, it depends on whether you simply want to burn the files or convert them to proper wav format for a cd.
  7. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    XLD is awesome, does it all. Yes it will rip your CDs in to FLAC or a bazillion other formats. Can't believe it is free!
  8. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
  9. ooans, Oct 20, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

    ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    XLD is pretty good, but...

    ...It will only convert 24bit FLAC into 16bit ALAC

    At least so it is with me.

    But seeing that it's free, and if you're only converting CD quality, then it will do fine. Especially when they add a drag&drop support ;)


    Amadeus Pro supports 24bit ALAC exporting, but it costs 60 dollars...

    A curious note I made, when I play 96kHz/24bit ALACs with VLC it outputs just white noise...
  10. Sixth Street macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2007
    Incorrect. Check your settings.

    Preferences - General

    Set output format to Apple Lossless, select the option button to the right and make sure sample rate and bit depth are set to "Same as original"
  11. ooans, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012

    ooans macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    I have. I have also manually chosen 24bit, but it still would only output 16bit ALAC files. Sounds like a bug.

    EDIT: After updating the software and trying again I no longer had this problem.
  12. GoldenSausage macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2012
    its not offered for windows? it seems like this .dmg file is a mac osx file
  13. simonk83 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    What forum are you on? :Dd
  14. Supermunki macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    New Zealand
    Another great program is Audialhub, though finding a copy could be tricky. It's free now, just visit the Developer's site to get the last patch and Mountain Lion fixes.

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