Does iTunes support FLAC format yet?

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  1. kaiz macrumors newbie

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    as title, anyone tried new iTunes can play Flac format or not?

    Thank you
     
  2. Jasonstevens macrumors regular

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  3. toypadlock macrumors member

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    have you definitely tried adding/playing a FLAC file? apologies if so, just your response sounds a little like you may not have done.
     
  4. bbrks macrumors 65816

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    Nope, flac wont work with iTunes. Checked it many times. You have many converters which you could use to convert flac to alac. After that it's just drag an drop :)
     
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    There must be a good few 'aflac' jokes in here somehere. Hahaa
     
  6. ideaprison macrumors newbie

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    Converting to ALAC increase file size by a bit but the quality is the same.
    I use XLD which is blazing fast and I'v converted over 2TB of FLAC so far with that.

    https://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html
     
  7. toypadlock macrumors member

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    yeah, but this is about "music" in macOS catalina. not sure if anyone's tried that yet.
     
  8. bbrks macrumors 65816

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    As far as I know, that doesn't matter. Flac format is not supported by Apple. Period.
     
  9. Jasonstevens macrumors regular

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    iTunes/Music app isn't shows as a suggestion and attempting to "Open File in" doesn't work when using the iTunes/Music app.

    I use https://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html to convert them to ALAC, don't see a file size increase or quality degradation when I use this and its really fast at about a song a second. But I get it if you aren't wanting to convert your library just for Apple.
     
  10. toypadlock, Jun 7, 2019
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    thanks for checking! i genuinely appreciate that.

    i mean that's just literally not true. you can play flacs through the preview function in macos.
     

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  11. kaiz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only know FLAC can be played thru Finder...:(
     
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  13. DeanLubaki macrumors 6502a

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    No true... You can even play FLAC files from the Files app on iOS...
     
  14. Superhai macrumors 6502

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    You can play Flac in Safari, QuickTime Player, Finder, and probably others but not the Music App.
     
  15. Osamede macrumors 6502a

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    Here's the bad news: Catalina nixes XLD - the program wont run. You get the error message "
    XLD” needs to be updated.
    The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of macOS. Contact the developer for more information."
     
  16. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

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    Download the latest XLD version. It's already 64bit.
     
  17. Osamede macrumors 6502a

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    The one on Sourceforge? That place is a malware vector. Is the version verified from the original developer?
     
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  19. Diskutant macrumors newbie

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    There is also a local mirror linked right next to it.

    But I think Xact has a much user friendlier UI to convert stuff. You might want to try that one:
    http://xact.scottcbrown.org/
     
  20. DirtFarmer#1 macrumors newbie

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    Examples, please.
     
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  22. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Fearless prediction:
    Apple will NEVER support FLAC format.
    At least not in any Apple-created software.

    Carry on...
     
  23. TETENAL macrumors regular

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    If you read the thread you'd know your prediction is wrong. Apple already supports the FLAC-format.
     
  24. iganiats macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone tried if the new Music.app can import to library, other lossless formats besides ALAC (eg FLAC, APE etc)?
     
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