Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2011 10:09 AM (in response to Jeff Blanding)
Jeff Blanding wrote:
Can iTunes play .flac files? Can it do so natively ...
... or be modified to do so?
see this article.
Can it import .flac files, converting them to .mp3 or .mp4 or .aac or something?iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 11,127"Core i72,8 GHz12 GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2011 10:57 PM (in response to Jeff Blanding)
iTunesdoes not support FLAC, but you can use a converter to convert FLAC to AppleLossless or AIFF or MP3 to play it on your iTunes. Here is a nice article abouthow to import and add FLAC to iTunes. http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-import-flac-to-itunes.html
Currently Being ModeratedJan 9, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to Jeff Blanding)
iTunes will convert FLACs to other formats, and can play them natively.
But only after a little bit of tweaking to fool iTunes into doing so. (Not supporting FLAC files is kind of a boner move by Apple, presumably to push their own Lossless format, but FLAC is open-source and royalty-free, so you do the math...)
Download Fluke and use it to install needed Quicktime components, then change the file extension from ".flac"
to ".mov" and you're done.
Oh, and Fluke is free and way easy to use.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to Kevin Rockold)
Indeed, developer's site must've gotten hacked or something, as this wasn't the case before...
You can still download Fluke safely via mirrors at Versiontracker and MacUpdate. They both have the latest release.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2012 7:08 AM (in response to ninobravo)
+1 for flac support in iTunes.
otherwise you might wanna use clementine, which supports flac flawlessly and is FOSS: http://www.clementine-player.org/
Apple, as always, supporting their own, killing the rest.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to Jeff Blanding)
It is kind of silly that Apple will not support FLAC.
It is very easy to convert FLAC to ALAC using ffmpeg:
M:\flac>ffmpeg -i "Miles_Ahead.flac" -acodec alac "Miles_Ahead.m4a"
ffmpeg is free - http://ffmpeg.org/download.html
Currently Being ModeratedDec 17, 2012 5:19 PM (in response to Pickerter)
Yeah think of all the wasted application development time they spent removing the really cool features in iTunes 10.7 to make iTunes 11, when they could have added something actually useful like FLAC support. I keep masters of my super high quality stuff in FLAC and create copies in ALAC for integration with my iTunes play lists, but it's a pain since they are very large files (96khz 24-bit depth), and I waste a lot of drive space with essentially redundant data. BTW I'm happily back on iTunes 10.7 after suffering with 11 for more than a week. Got my Cover Flow back too! I can see the support for Audiophiles and local storage of our music files slipping away as Apple pushes people towards dependency and lock-in with iCloud. Apple used to be about power to the user and individuality. Now they just want us to buy into their master playlist of lossy audio.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 20, 2012 5:46 AM (in response to Patrick Weisser)
ALAC is open-source and DRM free these days:
No need to keep redundant FLAC & ALAC unless you actively play both file types on different platforms that are mutually exclusive to either format, because you can easily convert back & forth using free XLD
Dependancies exists everywhere and with every choice you make every day. iCloud/iTunes Match is an option ( a great one for legalizing all those old subpar mp3 128k or < files you found on the internet over the years) no one forces you to make.
iTunes Plus (AAC 256k) may be lossy, but I'd challenge you to hear any difference between that and ALAC/FLAC on your mobile iDevice.
If you've invested in the Apple ecosystem, use ALAC for archiving and iTunes Plus for playing and *enjoy* the Music!