Which player for FLAC music on Mac?

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  1. Giuanniello macrumors regular

    Giuanniello

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    Hi everybody,

    I just got (again) a crush for music, in the off season (for us living in this part of the country now is the start of a long off season and as such we need to engage into hobbies...) I like to listen to music when am home doing chores or just sitting and enjoying to some good recordings, be it old rock or jazz, 80s disco or classic, whatever fits...

    I recently upgraded my vintage stereo setup with a new vintage preamp in the form of an Audio Research SP9 and also got a magnificent turntable, a Michell Gyrodec but still have to find a place for it in the neighbor of my very busy TV/Stereo closet (Sat decoder, PS3, ATV3, Modem/Router, TV screen, Preamp, CD-Player, power amp, Wii...) but I am enjoying listening to digital music; while I thought, reading here and there, that MP3 with a high bitrate is practically barely undistinguishable (does this word exist???) I have to say that after listening to FLAC it sounds totally different and so much better so my iTunes library comes almost worthless after the FLAC experience and am thinking to convert some of my CDs into FLAC to arrange some compilations but I wonder if there is some Mac player which allows to arrange music into compilations other than VOX which i downloaded and using right now, any other player besides VOX?

    Thank you
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    indistinguishable is it actually to answer that question. Phonix or clementine play FLAC if you want to check them out. Oh and since you want to convert to FLAC from CD XLD (X Lossless Decoder) will do that for you as well. Though you can go with Apple lossless option in it and have a mac compatible file that will play in any audio program on a Mac.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/phonix-hq-music-player-video-player.1985426/
    https://www.clementine-player.org/
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/xld/
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What you can do is convert your FLAC to Apple Lossless. You can use iTunes to rip your CD directly to Apple Lossless. All the uncompressed formats CD, FLAC and Apple lossless sound identical because they are bit for bit the same.

    Once your files are in Apple Lossless you can use any Mac software or IOS device or iPod to play the files. Apple's Core Audio handles the lossless format so all Mac audio software can access that format

    Because all these formats are lossless you can convert between them any number of times with no loss in sound quality.
     
  4. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    I use Apple Lossless for 600 or so CDs that I ripped, and I stuck with iTunes to manage it. This is the easy option because you just set iTunes to import into Lossless format and start ripping. But the thing I like most about this setup is I can get iTunes to automatically convert lossless to 256 m4a when pushing to my iPods, iPad or iPhone. So I can keep lossless in my main library for use on the MBP (which I use with an external DAC), but still have great quality mobile use too, and I only have to keep a single lossless copy of each track.
     
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    First, you should one of the same songs in Apple Lossless and see if it sounds as good playing through iTunes as the FLAC file does in Vox.
     
  6. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    Are you serious? Lossless is lossless. The analog version of any lossless format is identical.
     
  7. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    File format is different between them but yeah the information about the music contained in them should be the same unless they are doing it wrong and it is not a true lossless format..
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    and iTunes = Vox?
     
  9. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    How could it not sound identical?
    Both use Core Audio to decode and play files, so in practical terms, yes.
     
  10. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am using VOX on a MacBookAir which is not the one where I have my iTunes library and when comparing the same music in MP3 and in FLAC I can say there is a difference, it depends on the music and its quality, I can discern the difference with good recordings and music whit a good soundstage, of course it's not always that I want to sit on the sofa and enjoy good recordings so it's not worth the pain converting it all in lossless but I can say there is a difference.

    I am not happy to have to dedicate a laptop as a music server, maybe in future will either get a Mini or adapt my old one for the purpose.

    Thank you all for participating to this thread with your opinions and suggestions

    Giovanni
     
  11. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, back on this discussion, I got another MacMini from 2006 who which the owner changed the HD for a 250GB SSD and who also added ad upgrade to Lion (damn, I can't make it work to install Lion on the other Mini I upgraded both CPU and EFI!!!) and a DVI to HDMI cable that works like a charm, I connected it to the TV, switched on and as magics the screen lit up and it all runs without any setting required, magics of the OS I guess.

    Problem now is that VOX which I was using on a recent MBAir won't work on 10.7 so evaluating to convert all the FLAC to Apple LossLess to have then iTunes to handle it all which would be much more convenient but am wondering if I would then get the same quality sound out of the AAC rather than the FLAC.

    Thank you
     
  12. Kaspin macrumors member

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    Apple Lossless = ALAC

    AAC is a different, lossy codec.
     

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