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Is there a way to 'force' an MP3 player to support the FLAC format?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Or more specifically, the Creative Zen X-Fi (old model)?

 

It's pretty annoying that some of my stuff is in FLAC and not MP3 and because Creative don't support the format (even though it would probably take them no time to publish a firmware update to support it) it means I can only listen to certain albums when I'm on the go.

 

I figure there's probably a way to force the player to support the file type (even if through third party software) and I was wondering if anyone here knew a way to do it.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 16

Uh, I guess you only download music since it seems you've never heard of transcoding your music...

There are a tonne of programs that will let you transcode flac to mp3... Foobar2000 to name just one. If you want to have flac on your mp3 player because you think it sounds better... Well, you're a fool, but you could check rockbox.org to see if they have a build for your player.

post #3 of 16

Use LAME to encode to mp3, problem solved.

post #4 of 16

Transcoding to WAV will give you all the data FLAC did... just in a much bigger container, with no tags, ect.

 

+1 Transcode to MP3.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

I've tried to find such programs in the past but they all seemed to be subscription based, I didn't realise Foobar2000 had that functionality. And I don't want to use FLAC on my MP3 player, it just happens to be that I only have some albums in FLAC and therefore can never listen to it on anything but my PC.
 

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Originally Posted by Chef View Post

Uh, I guess you only download music since it seems you've never heard of transcoding your music...

There are a tonne of programs that will let you transcode flac to mp3... Foobar2000 to name just one. If you want to have flac on your mp3 player because you think it sounds better... Well, you're a fool, but you could check rockbox.org to see if they have a build for your player.



Thanks for the help everyone, I'll change the format with Foobar2000 if that indeed is possible.

post #6 of 16

I suggest using dBpoweramp to convert your files. For windows its indisputably the best.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hero Kid View Post

I suggest using dBpoweramp to convert your files. For windows its indisputably the best.



On this, of all websites, do you really want to throw out the term "indisputably" the best?

post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chef View Post

Uh, I guess you only download music since it seems you've never heard of transcoding your music...

There are a tonne of programs that will let you transcode flac to mp3... Foobar2000 to name just one. If you want to have flac on your mp3 player because you think it sounds better... Well, you're a fool, but you could check rockbox.org to see if they have a build for your player.



A little harsh, he was just asking a question :P

post #9 of 16

what do you mean by 'force'?

AFAIK pointing guns at them won't make them play flac.

lol

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by hotsport View Post

what do you mean by 'force'?

AFAIK pointing guns at them won't make them play flac.

lol


Quote of the year xD

post #11 of 16

Yep, there are ways to 'force' some players to support most audio formats in circulation today. Unfortunately it's not the case with your DAP, so +1 for transcoding to mp3/ogg.

post #12 of 16

No, there are no way.

As the Creative Zen X-Fido not have software to decode FLAC encoded audio data. The only way would be if you in some way could add FLAC decoding to the firmware, or fully replace the firmware (Rockbox or like).

post #13 of 16

You missed the subtleties in my last post.

post #14 of 16

Speaking of FLAC to MP3, what programs will do the transcoding and keep all the tags AND embedded album art as well? I find foobar2000 is great, but it doesn't copy the album art.

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by d_headshot View Post

Speaking of FLAC to MP3, what programs will do the transcoding and keep all the tags AND embedded album art as well? I find foobar2000 is great, but it doesn't copy the album art.



dbPower Amp

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