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Good flac player for mac ?

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Thread Starter 
I'm using Cog, it sounds good, but interface is not my cup of tea.
Can you guys recommend other players for mac ?
post #2 of 37
Some alternatives:
* Play
* Songbird
* VLC
* iTunes (using Fluke)
post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 
songbird looks awesome, I will give it a try
post #4 of 37
Thread Starter 
Songbird rocks, thanks a bunch
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I would stay with iTunes on a Mac and convert the Flac files to ALAC with MAX. I say iTunes because I'm not sure if the other players get bit-perfect playback while iTunes definitely does.
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Songbird rocks, thanks a bunch
Enjoy!
post #7 of 37
Toolplayer is a little-known player that is just awesome in my opinion. The only thing it's lacking (and yes it's pretty important) is a playlist... but you can drag a folder/group of files onto it and it will play them all. The playlist feature is supposed to be coming very soon.

... and the forums are currently down.

But it's a charming little app with some unique features.
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Toolplayer is a little-known player that is just awesome in my opinion.
Interesting Thanks for the link.
post #9 of 37
Why in God's name don't Apple™ give iTunes FLAC capabilities??
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Why in God's name don't Apple™ give iTunes FLAC capabilities??
Probably because they have their own lossless codec (Apple Lossless). Which are supported by QuickTime, iPod and AirPort Express as well.

iTunes play FLAC with the help of Fluke though.
post #11 of 37
Well, FLAC existed long before ALAC, so that's not likely the cause. Rumor is ALAC use is about content licensing and encrypted streaming across Airport Express and eventually Apple TV. Who knows? I really don't get complaining about companies using one lossless over another. It used to be Monkeys Audio users (and a lesser extent SHN people) arguing against FLAC. Now it's FLAC against ALAC. In the end lossless conversion is about as painless as can be. Seems there are other things to worry about. Hell, I spend more time correcting tags.
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So are you saying there is no effective difference in sound quality between a FLAC and ALAC file?

Apple™ used to be all about options.
Now it's all about restrictions.
post #13 of 37
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So are you saying there is no effective difference in sound quality between a FLAC and ALAC file?
Correct! The are no sound quality (audio data) difference between them.
All lossless codecs are indeed lossless.

There are other differences though. As hardware/software support, features, ...
post #14 of 37
I've tried Songbird and I liked it.
post #15 of 37
how about the cowon d2 ?
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