Which program should I use to convert FLAC files to ALAC

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  1. chad.petree macrumors regular

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    So I got tired of having to use one player to play FLAC files (Vox) and Itunes for my mp3 I just like having my whole collection in one place :D , so since apple refuses to implement FLAC support on itunes I decided to "let them win" and convert my files to ALAC, i read on a forum that XLD is a good program to convert files, and I just wanted to make sure it is, what do you guys think? Do you recommend another program?

    I still don't get why apple doesn't support FLAC, they just want to force ALAC down people's throats? And to be fair pretty much just apple users use ALAC even though it is free format , we're in the middle of a war that's taking to long :mad:
     
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  3. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    Using XLD here...

    And if need to edit some files as well, I'll bypass XLD and use Audacity instead, export it to AIFF, then import to iTunes to be converted into ALAC...
     
  4. chad.petree thread starter macrumors regular

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    I downloaded xact and for example if I want to convert an ALAC file to a FLAC file I'm prompted to choose between "fastest and smallest ", "verify" , "generate ftp" "lax mode" could you tell me a little more about this? :eek: Thank you
     
  5. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    Which program should I use to convert FLAC files to ALAC


    You asked to convert FLACK to ALAC, yet you are doing the opposite? I've never converted to FLAC, so I can't tell you. I've only converted to ALAC and there are no options. Sorry can't help.
     
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    Don't get mad , I just wanted to know how it works :(
     
  7. mbnt macrumors newbie

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    Why are you using iTunes to play your MP3s when Vox pays everything and thensome? Just use iTunes for the organization, and let Vox load your iTunes library and play away.
     
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    FWIW, I use Max.app. It's the only app that I've found to be easy to use and user friendly. You just specify the output format, drag all the FLAC files on the Max icon and hit okay, and it gives you back ALAC files. The only con is that it was last updated in 2011. Still works, however, and works great.

    I use iTunes because I'm weird and like to see the play counts of my songs. Unfortunately, Vox doesn't increment the play counts when you play songs from your iTunes library. If it did, I would ditch iTunes right away and only use it for syncing.
     
  9. illusionx macrumors 6502

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    Sorry. Didn't meant to. But I never converted to flac, so it's hard to tell. Only the other way around since flac don't play natively in OSX.
     
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    just tried vox now - not bad - no frills and exactly what i preferred, reminds me of the Winamp days pre itunes in the early 2000s when i was in high school and then college/uni.

    Vox is awesome though
     
  11. FireArse macrumors 6502a

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    What a blast from the past! :)
     
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    I'll second this. Max is a powerful, yet simple app and I've had zero problems converting FLAC to ALAC.

    I use iTunes because I'm using iTunes Match so that all my material is available in the cloud for all my devices. I guess I'm from the generation that prefers to own music instead of rent it.
     
  14. alembic macrumors regular

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    Not sure about other apps, but XLD uses all available cores during conversion. e.g. I have a quad-core CPU so it can convert up to 4 tracks concurrently.
     

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