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ALAC encoder, which one, help please?

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hi

i'm looking for a good BATCH ALAC encoder and although i have iTunes i'd really like to not use it, as i hate the interface and i have ~100K flac files i would like to convert which will probably take weeks in crapTunes

 

the reason is i'm making an archive backup which i'd like to give to a friend who's Mac only, and also for my own iPod use.  thanks to Christmas i now have 2 iPod 160G so i might as well fill 'em with lossless

 

i've installed ffmpeg for foobar, but heard it has some issues?  i know nothing about ALAC vs. FLAC as far as multichannel (although i don't have a ton of SACD) or any advanced stuff.  i'd really like to keep the metadata intact as i've spent myriads of hours on editing and making perfect

 

opinions and thoughts highly appreciated!

 

edit:  a more careful search has revealed dBpoweramp and xRecode, only xRecode is free which is a huge plus...but doesn't appear to keep metadata in my short testing


Edited by ferday - 12/30/12 at 3:10pm
post #2 of 4

You need a Mac evil_smiley.gif

Kidding

On a mac, I'd use a simple applescript routine with XLD or Max

On a PC, Foobar should do it

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I can whole heartedly endorse DBPoweramp for its conversion. 

 

I have been using it for about two years now, and have no problems. Incredibly efficient and powerful, compared to having to deal with (equally good) free alternatives which just take too much time for me to either configure or simply deal with, especially because I keep two or three different players, and convert from FLAC to ALAC on a daily basis. 

 

Its definitely worth the money if you are serious about your music collection on your mac/pc. 

 

Especially concerning the ID and meta-data tagging, output control, and simply for the verifiable error free conversions.

 

I am meticulous when it comes to metadata and album art, and library organization in general. There is nothing worse than losing fully completed meta data or hi-res album art.

 

 

End endorsement, haha. 

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Originally Posted by tachyon42 View Post

I can whole heartedly endorse DBPoweramp for its conversion. 

I have been using it for about two years now, and have no problems. Incredibly efficient and powerful, compared to having to deal with (equally good) free alternatives which just take too much time for me to either configure or simply deal with, especially because I keep two or three different players, and convert from FLAC to ALAC on a daily basis. 

Its definitely worth the money if you are serious about your music collection on your mac/pc. 

Especially concerning the ID and meta-data tagging, output control, and simply for the verifiable error free conversions.

I am meticulous when it comes to metadata and album art, and library organization in general. There is nothing worse than losing fully completed meta data or hi-res album art.


End endorsement, haha. 

Thanks for that! I always try to love the open source stuff, but usually end up with paid (jriver!). I'll give dBpoweramp a shot, I'm obsessed with metadata and album art, etc...I just normally don't do a lot of encoding other than flac to mp3 once in a while.
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