FLAC to iTunes?

PShot07

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I've tried searching for this, and everything I have found is extremely confusing. I use to have a Toshiba PC laptop, and I would always import my CDs using FLAC. Well, I have two CDs on it's hard drive that I would like to put onto my iPod. Problem 1, I can't find the original CDs. Problem 2, I don't know how to convert my FLAC files to 192kbps AAC.

So, basically what I am asking is this. How to I convert my FLAC files to AAC so I can listen to them on my iPod? Oh, and why doesn't Apple support FLAC?

Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

markiv810

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You can use Cog to play flac files on mac. It's free, you can get more info about Cog here . You can also use FLACer for converting flac songs to wav, cdda or aiff format (that would be helpful in case you don't want to lose on the bitrates).
 

spacepower7

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Max

I use MAX. I haven't found anything better yet. I convert FLAC to mp3 or aac or Apple Lossless, depending on the original qualty of the material. I usually use it to convert bootleg live concerts. It even allows you to input the metadata/MP3 id-tags. It is also able to take advantage of the duo chips.
 

eji

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Max is very, very good. But X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is even better, IMHO.

http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html

The Apple Lossless output from XLD works better with iTunes, I find. Max's Apple Lossless bitrates can sometimes go "unknown" in iTunes.

That said, I would love to have FLAC support in iTunes. I really wish Apple would implement it, or some third-party dev could devise a hack.
 

Cromulent

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Max is very, very good. But X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is even better, IMHO.

http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html

The Apple Lossless output from XLD works better with iTunes, I find. Max's Apple Lossless bitrates can sometimes go "unknown" in iTunes.

That said, I would love to have FLAC support in iTunes. I really wish Apple would implement it, or some third-party dev could devise a hack.
Personally I have never had an unknown bitrate from Max Apple Lossless files. What version are you using?
 

eji

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Personally I have never had an unknown bitrate from Max Apple Lossless files. What version are you using?
I'm using 0.7.1, but the "unknown" bitrate for Apple Lossless started appearing in a much earlier version. I switched to XLD at the time for that reason and haven't used Max for Apple Lossless conversion since (though I have used it for MP3). If you're not having any problems, Cromulent, then sorry to mislead the OP, since it looks like the bug was squashed in a later release.
 

PShot07

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Sweet guys thanks! That MAX program works like a charm!

Why do I love MacRumors? This is a perfect example.
 

arkitect

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Sorry for upping an old thread, but I have a question.
Does XLD work if I drop an entire folder into the program instead of single files?

That would be a 1-click solution for me...
Not a folder but if you choose all the files inside a folder you can drag and drop it onto XLD…
 

eji

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Yes, Stigmata, I'm pretty sure you can do drag-and-drop with folders using XLD. In another thread, someone mentioned that XLD conks out if there are too many files in the batch. I've done about fifty at once and it's worked smoothly.

EDIT: Okay, arkitect says you can't do folders. I haven't used the latest version of XLD yet, so maybe they're supported. If not, you could always send the developer a request to implement it.
 

Stigmata

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Nov 28, 2007
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Not a folder but if you choose all the files inside a folder you can drag and drop it onto XLD…
Yes, Stigmata, I'm pretty sure you can do drag-and-drop with folders using XLD. In another thread, someone mentioned that XLD conks out if there are too many files in the batch. I've done about fifty at once and it's worked smoothly.
Thanks for your replies.
The fact is that I have about 50 albums in FLAC format, and now that I've switched to macosx I'd like to convert them in apple lossless, for using with appletv and ipod.

I'll try with the drag and drop, and see what happens. Cross fingers for me :D
 

Stigmata

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Nov 28, 2007
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I can confirm that XLD doesn't support folder drag&drop.
I solved my problem with the latest (unstable) Max release, no problems at all.