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How do I convert FLAC to Apple Lossless?

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Thread Starter 
I can't get these FLAC files onto my iTunes/iPod, how do I convert them to Apple Lossless?
post #2 of 58
foobar2000 them to .WAV, then drag them into iTunes and convert them into ALAC!
post #3 of 58
Get a program (I believe dbPoweramp is fairly highly regarded in this respect) that will transcode them.

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Originally Posted by TheMarchingMule View Post
foobar2000 them to .WAV, then drag them into iTunes and convert them into ALAC!
Since I'm not sure how well any software (and then importing them into iTunes I assume) will handle moving the tagging over, this might be the best route (of course you'll likely have to manually look up each album.
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Originally Posted by darkswordsman17 View Post
Since I'm not sure how well any software (and then importing them into iTunes I assume) will handle moving the tagging over, this might be the best route (of course you'll likely have to manually look up each album.
Going FLAC --> WAV --> ALAC will lose tagging since WAV can't have tags.
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its only in rainbows, retagging wouldn't be that much of a hastle, but its two cds and they are pristinely tagged and it would be nice to have system to use in the future. will dbpoweramp convert them straight to apple lossless?
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Going FLAC --> WAV --> ALAC will lose tagging since WAV can't have tags.
The software should be able to retain the tags when it transcodes it. Now, if it will work flawlessly when accessing your music in iTunes is another story. I think thats why I would prefer to enter it manually, that way I'm sure its correct. It would be really time consuming though. I think I'm going to re-rip some of my music just so it handles it smoother (its easier for me to re-rip then do the manual switch over from one format to the other). Of course, as a recent thread showed, that can introduce some other issues (such as one software outputting the same music at a different level than the other one does, so even though they're both lossless, they don't end up the same which threw someone off thinking the software wasn't encoding it properly).

The bonus part about doing it manually is that is the best way to do album art, so if you just do a few albums here and there, you'll make steady progress towards getting your whole collection done before you know it. That can also make it nice for re-visiting albums that you don't listen to as much.

The frustration of handling a music collection (especially using different software for various specific parts of it) is what made me go back to CDs a little while back. Now I think I've figured out a way that will work for me for now (and the next couple of years), and then after I get a real job and can afford some more expensive gear I'll make the effort for the extra quality (and in the meantime put my effort toward discovering music worth caring about the extra quality).
post #7 of 58
If a Mac user is wondering the same question, a great free app for Mac OS X to convert FLAC to AIFF or whatever is called xACT. It stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, and can be located at versiontracker.com
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I don't see where you can convert WAV to ALAC in iTunes.
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Originally Posted by Chone View Post
I can't get these FLAC files onto my iTunes/iPod, how do I convert them to Apple Lossless?
Flac>WMA Lossless using dBpoweramp

Then select/drag the WMA Lossless files into iTunes window (with iTunes set to Apple lossless, not AAC). iTunes will automatically convert all the WMA Lossless to Apple Lossless, and all tags will be preserved.
post #10 of 58
there is also a flac decoder for use in quicktime/itunes if you have osx. it will show them up in itunes and you just then highlight the flac and ask itunes to turn them to aac or alac.

i did this for yonks with ogg files. you just right click on the files and in the menu, it will say turn to mp3/aac/alac - whateve ryou have selected in the options slection. cheers
post #11 of 58
Max is just great for this task.
Open source (free) and feature rich.
post #12 of 58
There is a ALAC plugin for foobar. I think you can do it all directly in foobar and not lose tags or anything.
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dbPoweramp is the answer. Just tried it, and it does it in now time, like less than a minute for an album great thread - thanks guys, it means the world to me!
post #14 of 58
seems like a waste to add the unnecessary step converting Flac to .wav. Just use either foobar or dbpoweramp and with the right codec and plug in installed simply convert your flac files to Apple loss. I do this all the time
post #15 of 58
Two year bump? Well done romanovsky.
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