Thought I would bump an old thread rather than start a new one. I have just started using MAX and was wondering if I can rip straight into Apple Lossless or do I need to first rip into AIFF or WAV and then convert to Apple Lossless. What is the best way?
Originally Posted by Pangaea /img/forum/go_quote.gif I have just started using MAX and was wondering if I can rip straight into Apple Lossless
Yes, you can. Just go to Preferences > Formats and double-click the first MPEG4-Audio entry. Choose Apple Lossless from the list and click OK. If you have set up other format, just make sure MPEG4-Audio (Apple Lossless) is the one checked as active at the time you rip CDs.
Originally Posted by xenithon /img/forum/go_quote.gif There actualy is an easy alternative, and it pretty much the best for transcoding on a Mac. It's called Max
I use that for all my conversions, as I rip in EAC on the PC to ALAC, then transcode to ALAC on the Mac. I normally set it to process 10 files at a time; took a few hours only for my entire library, and it keeps all the tags in-tact.
This. Max is my #1 go to program for all Mac converting
Originally Posted by Aurven /img/forum/go_quote.gif hmmm, i tried using dbpoweramp but the resultant alac files seems to have some kind of error and it skip when i try to play them on my ipod. Is there a windows equivalent for max? thanks for your help.
Try updating/reinstalling. I have no problems whatsoever with dBPowerAmp ALAC->ALAC running in iTunes or on my iPod and I'm using a Windows PC
Originally Posted by Pangaea /img/forum/go_quote.gif PERFECT... thanks Jaska!
Are there any other presets worth checking off in order to get the best quality rip when making an Apple Lossless copy for iTunes?
You're welcome. Max is great, and really the primary tool I use on my Mac for conversions from my main FLAC library to Apple Lossless for iTunes, etc. It's the best FLAC > ALAC converter there is, as far as I'm concerned.
I don't know if you want to consider any other ripping software at this point now that you've started with Max, but my personal feeling is that XLD is better in this regard, mostly because it works with AccurateRip and handles drive offsets as one would expect.
So, if your main intended use of an audio converter / ripper is to rip CDs directly to Apple Lossless for use with iTunes and other Apple-related stuff, I would have to say that XLD is probably the way to go. For transcoding files, Max is wonderful. Since I do all of my CD ripping on my PC with dBpoweramp, Max is the best fit for my own needs.
Originally Posted by b17m4p /img/forum/go_quote.gif For the people on windows who can't use Max, getting a FLAC output plugin for iTunes is another option right? Unless you want to sync to stock firmware ipod.
I haven't heard about such a plugin, but I'm sure Google could help. dBPowerAmp converts an album in less than a minute on a basic dual-core PC. It makes much more sense, and the alac files can be used on a stock firmware iPod.
Originally Posted by JimVincible /img/forum/go_quote.gif Try updating/reinstalling. I have no problems whatsoever with dBPowerAmp ALAC->ALAC running in iTunes or on my iPod and I'm using a Windows PC
Same here. I've done thousands of conversions (WAVE or FLAC to ALAC) with the dBpoweramp batch converter with no problems.
Used to rip to FLAC and WAVE but have recently begun ripping everything to ALAC to backup my music files.
krmathis, how stable is Rip? On the website it claims it is still in beta and not necessarily stable- how has your experience been. I am on SL with the latest iMac.
Jaska- thanks again. Although now I am confused, as I turned to Max after using just iTunes to rip my rather large (almost 2TB) of Apple Lossless music collection. And honestly have had no real complaints. However after acquiring the new Beatles Mono set, I have found myself curious if there is something better out there to get the best SQ to my Mac. I thought Max was it, but now I see that it is more notorious as a converter and perhaps my efforts are better geared toward either krmathis' suggestion (Rip) or yours (XLD).
To clarify, I am happy enough with the codec ALAC. I just want to make sure that from CD to computer file I am getting the most accurate copy.
Originally Posted by Pangaea /img/forum/go_quote.gif krmathis, how stable is Rip?
Have had no major issue with it the last 6-7 months, but have to admit I have not ripped a CD with it since I updated to OS 10.6(.1).
Your mileage may vary though, so probably worth giving it a try on your own..