Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2011 8:52 PM (in response to negativzero)You do not need to convert them to listen on your Mac, if you use a player that can handle FLAC, such as VLC Media Player.
However, if you want to use them in iTunes (which is one of the very few players that cannot handle FLAC), then you can convert them using a program such as Max.
You can also get a 3rd party plug-in (Xiph) that allows iTunes to play FLAC, but results are mixed, and you will not be able to sync the songs to an iPod.Windows 7, and 16GB Nano
Thanks for the kind reply I'm actually looking to upload those songs to my iPhone so I guess I'll be looking into Max for a little. BTW, are there any other alternatives to Max? A fast command-line app which can do the job will work for meIntel, Windows Vista
Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2011 9:58 PM (in response to negativzero)Hi negativzero,
Yup, to use them on the iPhone, converting to an iTunes-compatible format is the only way.
dbPowerAmp has command line conversion, but TBOMK it only runs on Windows. Max is probably your best bet.Windows 7, and 16GB Nano
I downloaded Max and it worked great for MP3, but when I try to convert FLAC to ALAC, it just starts and then says error. I finally end up to download bigasoft flac converter
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2012 7:38 AM (in response to negativzero)
Hi, You probably fugure it out by now.
but if anyone else is wondering.
I use FLUKE to play FLAC on iTunes and then I just convert in itunes to apple lossless. it's very simple actually.
hope I could help.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2012 7:46 AM (in response to negativzero)
I would agree with the recommendation to use XLD. I have used MAX and XLD and while they both do the job but XLD seems to be a 'living' software with regular updates and I don't remember the last time I saw an update from MAX. I think the developer is focused on a software player that works with iTunes he developed.
XLD works great and it can be set to Transcode or Import directly to your iTunes library. I believe XLD is the most widely used at least within the audio and music forums I am involved.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2012 3:49 AM (in response to mwheelerk)
Just tried XLD. The UI is crap but it seemed to work ok. I do have an issue though but it seems related to something else. One of the album out of the 3 I've converted can't be imported to iTunes but it works in Quicktime. Seems to be a problem with more than 2 channels (6 on the album).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to negativzero)
Amadeus Pro is a great audio editing application that also handles conversions via simple drag and drop interface:
File » New Batch Processor: Choose new format (ACC or Apple Lossless, etc.), Drag and Drop files on to the window, wait a few minutes and you're done.
Check out Amadeus Pro for more info.
Note: Between Amadeus Pro and Screenflow, there is not much I cannot accomplish in terms of audio/video editing and formatting. I highly recommend both of them!
I have the same problems with multichannel tracks (see https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3933017?tstart=60)
It looks like this is a bug in iTunes. I already reported this via feedback page. Maybe you should do the same to gain more weight on the matter.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to negativzero)
After reading this post I decided to try XLD (X Lossless Decoder - website) and did the following steps:
I downloaded xld-gui-20120609.tar.bz2 from the site
I unpacked it
I executed the XLD application from that folder
in the preferences panel that popped up I selected 'Apple Lossles' as the output format.
under File - Open I chose the FLAC files I wanted to convert
It took me less then a minute to do so and worked on Lion. iTunes accepted the files.