3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 2, 2012 8:46 AM by Tobby.AEMETEC
jazztimedk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
This is probably not the right forum because I know that Apple will never add support for Flac in iTunes. But I don't know where else to post my question:

I have a MacBook Pro, tons of music (700Gb) in the format of Flac, a Squeezebox Server system and an iPod. First of all, I do not want to convert all my Flac files to Apple Lossless because Flac is natively supported in my Squeezebox and because Flac is the de-facto lossless format (when I by music on the web I always download as Flac). Converting to Apple Lossless would be time-consuming and - to me - ridiculous, because as said the Flac format is the all around regarded lossless standard codec.

Now my problem is that I would like to use my iPod for listening to music. As said iTunes does not recognize Flac, and I have found no other software that does recognize Flac AND support transferring music to iPod with on-the-fly converting to mp3 or acc. Do I have any other option than sell my Macbook and go back to Windows?

MBP 13
  • 1. Re: Flac on Mac
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,470 points)
    The stuff below is not fully what you want but may be a starter. Lack of FLAC support in iTunes has long been a source of annoyance to many of us but there may be licensing issues with putting open source things in highly proprietery application. Also, since Apple came out with ALE

    [Xiph QuickTime Components (XiphQT)|http://xiph.org/quicktime>

    [How to play .flac files in iTunes for Mac|http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/09/20/how-to-play-flac-files-in-itunes>

    [http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2008/08/use-fluke-to-add-flac-files-to-your-i tunes-library.ars]

    http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/06/12/how-to-play-flac-files-in-itunes/

    Message was edited by: Limnos
  • 2. Re: Flac on Mac
    jazztimedk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the suggestions. I know of the Fluke utility. But using Fluke - and Xiph.Org it seems - I will miss all my tags, after which I will have no way to manage and find my music.

    Btw I have tried Songbird and doubleTwist - but these apps does not support transferring music to iPods.
  • 3. Re: Flac on Mac
    Tobby.AEMETEC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mac run the "Air Media Server",

    iOS run the "Media Center".