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Flying Spaghetti Monster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Are there any apps or hacks that anyone is aware of that will allow me to play FLAC files in iTunes?

 

I do not want to convert my FLAC files to another format to use - it would be too difficult to synchronise the tags and song ratings from the mp3 files (or whatever formats itunes supports) back to my ''archived' FLAC files.

 

Yet I really enjoy iTunes' playlist functions - no other players compare. I am hoping to have the best of both worlds: FLAC and iTunes cataloguing features. A search through the web and these forums makes me think it is not possible.

 

Any links or suggestions? Or do I need to choose between FLAC and ITunes for realsies?

  • 1. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    There is a complicated means of getting iTunes for Mac to play FLAC files but nothing I am aware of for iTunes for Windows, plus of course no Apple iOS devices support FLAC.

     

    You will be far better off converting your FLAC files to ALAC (aka. Apple Lossless). This is exactly the same lossless quality as FLAC and can be played in all of the following plus I suspect many others.

     

    dbPowerAmp

    WinAmp

    Foobar2000

    VLC

    Windows Media Player

    Microsoft Media Center

    XBMC

    iTunes for Windows (duh! )

     

    You can use (amongst others) dBpowerAmp to convert (with tags) from FLAC to Apple Lossless.

     

    Remember these days Apple Lossless is also open-source so past arguments against it no longer apply.

  • 2. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,890 points)

    Just would like to disagreee with my friend John on a few points.

     

    For iOS devices, there are several apps that will play FLAC. Here is one example.

     

    It is true that ALAC is now open source, but outside of Apple-land, it is far less accepted that FLAC.  Although you can find non-Apple players to play ALAC, many audio editors, burning programs, etc will take FLAC but not ALAC.

     

    In music retailing, FLAC is fairly common, and ALAC is almost unheard of.  Even Apple does not sell songs in ALAC format.

  • 3. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    ben_r_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yea forget ALAC, FLAC is just a more widely accepted format with that alone making it better. Try Clementine player for your FLAC files on a Mac.

  • 4. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    Willbetter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Palying FLAC  in iTunes without changing FLAC files to the other file format is not so easy. As we all know that iTunes does not support FLAC files at all. It is a little hard to directly import and add FLAC to iTunes. It will be quite easier if you choose to change the file format of FLAC files to another file format.

  • 5. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    NuMystic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    A small app called FLUKE will allow you to add and play FLAC files to iTunes on your computer. (you still will need a FLAC playing app for other devices you sync with iTunes though)

     

    http://code.google.com/p/flukeformac/

     

    After installing Fluke you need to go to your iTunes app, right click and choose "get info" and then tick the box that says "open in 32 bit mode".

     

    Then any FLAC files you want to add highlight and right click and when you choose "open with" you'll see an icon for Fluke to choose. After you've done that, those files can now be added to iTunes like any other compatible audio files.

     

    Only Only 16bit/44.1KHz are guaranteed to play smoothly, but that covers most FLAC files. 

  • 6. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    FLUKE is for Macs and this is the iTunes for Windows forum. And the FLUKE project was abandoned back in 2009 any may have compatibility problems with the most recent versions of iTunes and OS X, though it may work. Just FYI for anyone reading.

     

    Regards.

  • 7. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    mjmundy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OSX here.  thanks NuMystic !!   i'm now playing FLAC files in iTunes.

     

    FLUKE for mac is working for me on iTunes 11.0.4 on OS X 10.6.8

  • 8. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    clement52 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Truth be told, playing Flac files in iTunes on Windows 7 without changing its format could be a daunting task. You'd better convert the Flac files to other formats that supported by iTunes. Check here for converting flac files.

    And if you want to play Flac files on iOS devices, here are some apps for you to choose from, but it could be a little pricey. Just take your pick and give it a try!

  • 9. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    that was my alias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ed2345 wrote:

     

    Just would like to disagreee with my friend John on a few points.

     

    For iOS devices, there are several apps that will play FLAC. Here is one example.

     

    It is true that ALAC is now open source, but outside of Apple-land, it is far less accepted that FLAC.  Although you can find non-Apple players to play ALAC, many audio editors, burning programs, etc will take FLAC but not ALAC.

     

    In music retailing, FLAC is fairly common, and ALAC is almost unheard of.  Even Apple does not sell songs in ALAC format.

     

    Late to the party, but... the App description says it is compatible with iPod Touch. Does it mean what I think it means? Could I finally play FLAC files on my iPod with this?

  • 10. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    NuMystic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There are actually a ton of apps that will let you play FLAC on your ipod/iphone, even the free VLC app supports FLAC.

     

    A few of the others I'm aware of but I'm sure there's more:

     

    Capriccio

    AcePlayer

    Buzz Player

    TuneShell

    Golden Ear

  • 11. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    that was my alias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was asking about Flac Player specifically. Will THAT program allow me to play FLAC in iTunes and transfer the files into my iPod touch?

  • 12. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    NuMystic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Firstly, playing Flac in iTunes is an altogether different animal than playing them on your iOS device and is something you never asked about. For that you'll need to Google "Fluke FLAC" if you're still running Lion or older. If you're running a newer Mac OS I haven't yet heard of a solution for playing FLAC in iTunes and you'll have to resort to a third party app like Vox.

     

    For most FLAC playing iOS apps you'll add your music files via the "file sharing" section at the bottom of your Apps tab in iTunes when your iPod touch is plugged in. 

     

    As for Flac Player specifically the high price coupled with some reported problems I heard when looking into it had me steering clear so I can't offer first hand reports on THAT program.

     

    Since it sounds like you've been longing to play FLAC on your iPod touch for quite some time I was simply offering a bevvy of options to do just that I know of, including some free ones. 

     

    Hopefully someone will stumble across this thread and chime in with feedback about THAT app specifically for you.

  • 13. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    that was my alias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I see you noticed my overuse of italics. I am still wondering what is keeping Apple from doing something that will only make people happy. I seriously cannot think how allowing iPods and iTunes to play FLAC would upset anyone.

  • 14. Re: Playing FLAC files in iTunes with Windows 7 OS.....is it possible?
    John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    that was my alias wrote:

     

    I see you noticed my overuse of italics. I am still wondering what is keeping Apple from doing something that will only make people happy. I seriously cannot think how allowing iPods and iTunes to play FLAC would upset anyone.

    • Supposedly the process of decompressing ALAC files is slightly less demanding than decompressing FLAC files and this means playing ALAC files uses less battery power than FLAC would
    • FLAC being an independent open-source standard not linked to any (rich) company has not been subjected to attacks by patent trolls, if Apple started using it however then it might suddenly get bombarded by patent attacks
    • ALAC is identical quality, already exists so why bother
    • ALAC is now open-source also so everyone else can use it as well
    • ALAC is arguably already more widely supported in software/hardware as it can be played by WMP, VLC, WinAmp, dbPowerAmp, Monkey2000, XBMC, Plex, iTunes, Sonos, Squeezebox, etc. etc. etc.
    • Originally it might have been a form of lockin but this no longer applies
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