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Does iPod play .flac files????

97191 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2007 11:29 PM by Francesco Villa RSS
kjhman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Sep 11, 2007 9:04 AM
Does ipod play flac files? Also, what is the best file format that the ipod will play to get lossless music? thanks,

iMac 20", PowerBook 17", 80gb iPod, 8gb iPhone, 1TB HDD, 500gb HDD, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • jameskg Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 11, 2007 9:51 AM (in response to kjhman)
    no, but I sure wish it would.

    you can encode to Apple Lossless with iTunes, which works fairly well.
    PC, Windows XP
  • Ronald Pieket Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
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    Sep 11, 2007 9:54 AM (in response to kjhman)
    No flac directly. You will have to convert them to Apple Lossless.

    Unfortunately I know of no way to do this and also convert the tags. If there is software that can do that (on Mac OS X), then I have not found it. Anyone?

    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • mgreig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 11, 2007 3:15 PM (in response to Ronald Pieket)
    Not sure how you have your flac files setup. I have all my studio discs ripped to FLAC using one large flac file and a cue sheet (separate, not embedded). The cue sheet info was added by EAC (from the CDDB database) when I first ripped the disc.

    Using Foobar2000, the ItunesEncoder (I think the file is itunesencode.exe), and the ALAC plugin available on foobar's website, you can convert FLAC into Apple Lossless. You set up the itunesencode.exe as a custom external encoder in FLAC. Google them and you'll find exact instructions from the hydrogenaudio forums.

    For me it was fairly painless - Foobar uses the cue sheet for artist, track, etc. info, and parsed out other tagging info when converting.

    For me it went like this: I loaded my entire Studio folders (and sub folders) into the Foobar playlist (including only the cue sheets so it wouldn't encode the flac file as well), selected all, right-clicked and hit convert, and dumped them all into one big folder. Then I loaded the folder full of .m4a files into Itunes and everything was there - artist, album, genre, track, etc. Album Artist was missing, so for my "various artists" albums I had to edit it manually.
  • gmsmith42 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 31, 2007 8:34 AM (in response to kjhman)
    are there any portable players that play .flac and work with a mac? I don't want to have to convert things just to play them on an ipod.

  • BradwJensen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2007 3:07 AM (in response to gmsmith42)

    60 Hours of playback..

    It Plays:
    Linux, Other OS, neet.
  • Bp1506 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2007 11:11 AM (in response to kjhman)
    Yeah its a shame that it dosent support FLAC. Maybe if enough of us will send them feed back they will eventually support it.

    Use their feedback page here:
    Windows XP
  • Francesco Villa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2007 11:29 PM (in response to gmsmith42)
    As said, cowon players supoprt .flac files, and many others.
    Do you want my A2? I'm selling it for an iPod classic
    Mac Mini C2D, Mac OS X (10.5.1)


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