Flac to Apple lossless?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by umbilical, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. umbilical macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    FL, USA
    hi, I have some flac files, and I want play on itunes, whats the best way to dont loose the flac quality (original source)? :confused:

    I think on convert the flac to wav and wav to apple lossless, make sense? I loose quality? :confused:

  2. S00NERB0RN73 macrumors newbie


    Dec 16, 2008
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Is there a similar program out there that will convert .WMA's to .AAC or Apple Lossless? I know iTunes will convert .WMA's but I'm about to convert 200GB of .WMA files to apple, some how and wondered if there was a small program or batch file, or something out there that will do the work, behind the scenes?

    Wonder how long this would take?
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    XLD can convert a lot of formats, not sure about WMA though. There's an application called Max which does a similar role.
    I'd recommend against converting WMA to anything as the quality is going to be terrible.
  4. S00NERB0RN73 macrumors newbie


    Dec 16, 2008
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Then I'll lose 1/2 of my library, as a lot were just imported from the CD into my Windows Library, which I don't have the CD's anymore, borrowed from friends. Maybe I could get the original CDs again.
  5. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization

    Download xACT to number 1, then iTunes to number 2.
    1. From FLAC to AIFF
    2. From AIFF to Apple lossless
  6. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    The free version of "switch" will convert .wma's to several formats if you have flip4mac installed.

    I think only the windows version of itunes can convert .wma.
  7. lee1210 macrumors 68040


    Jan 10, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    The quality of the files will only get worse from here if you convert to any lossy format. It's not worth converting files that are already compressed in a lossy format to a lossless format, because you'll be wasting a lot of space and will still only have the quality of the original lossy file.

    It's very unfortunate that you're stuck with such a large library in a lossy format that you can't use in your media player of choice. If you install flip4mac, you can play unprotected WMA in quicktime. I believe VLC can play WMA as well.

    I would absolutely recommend against transcoding. The quality will only get worse from what you've already got now.

  8. umbilical thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    FL, USA
    1. why FLAC to AIFF and FLAC to WAV?
    2. is ok the destination that I want is Apple Lossless for play on itunes...

    thats my problem that I have a lot flac and I want play on itunes so I need convert but I dont loose quality!

  9. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    AIFF (Mac) and WAV (Windows) are full uncompressed lossless CD files and basically the same. Your music will stay at full CD quality by going FLAC to AIFF (if using a Mac) or FLAC to WAV (if using Windows) then encoding (compressing) to Apple Lossless.
  10. umbilical thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    FL, USA
    ohhh perfect! I dont know that wav is windows and aiff mac, cool! I go to mac formats always, great so:

    Flac to AIFF to Apple Lossless :cool:

  11. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Max can convert flac straight to apple lossless. Under formats in the preferences pick the first MPEG4 Audio and then apple lossless.

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  12. umbilical thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2008
    FL, USA
    MAX looks very good! thanks!
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Indeed. Thanks for mentioning that app. I hadn't heard of it.
  14. slacker98 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    Hi, I downloaded MAX to convert some FLAC files to Apple Lossless but everytime I click convert, this error window shows up telling me that the sample size is not supported.

    The error looks like this:

    "An error occured while encoding the file "My Song.m4a"

    Sample size not supported

    It does work with some files but with the rest, this message shows up. Anybody know what could be going on?

  15. reimerd10 macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2007
    This is how I do it.

    Download a program called "Set OggS" (sorry but I've had it a while and have no idea where I got it anymore)

    Drag the flac files onto the app icon and it will quickly process them. Click quit or whatever it says.

    Now you can drag those flac files into itunes and itunes can play them. From here, because I want to use them on my ipod too, I use itunes to convert them to apple lossless. The bitrate goes up a little but the quality seems equal.

    Good luck
  16. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2007
    XLD can do FLAC to ALAC (Apple Lossless) as well.

    You don't want to do a WAV step in between because you'll lose all your tag information!

    I've found Set OggS to be very unreliable, and any FLAC files I play in iTunes with it hang iTunes for a good 5 seconds before they play.
  17. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I drag the flac files into Toast and click on Save As Disc Image. When it has finished (takes about 10 seconds), mount the disc image and it shows up in iTunes as an audio CD. You can then import into iTunes with whatever settings you want.

    When you have finished importing, just eject the disc image and drag it to the Trash.
  18. Simon Young macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    I don't think this method is at all reliable. In my experience Toast is incapable of burning truly gapless CDs from FLAC files, which means they do not end up identical to the original. Another way is to convert the FLAC to WAV using XLD then burn the WAV to CD in iTunes, although this is also unreliable; consulting the Accurate Rip database using XLD, iTunes-burned CDs are not always 100% accurate (even when the original FLAC files are).

    You're best off using XLD to convert FLAC to ALAC directly.
  19. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2007

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