Jun 15, 2010 ()
From a quick Google search, I saw a lot of people recommending software that was either for windows or just didn’t look particularly inviting. This is a brief explanation of a free solution.
This works in Mac OSX Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks!
Why Convert FLAC to ALAC?
You’ve got a Mac, iTunes for most people is the best way of managing your music collection and synchronising between your iPhone and iPods. ALAC files play in iTunes and ALAC files play on iPods. FLAC files cannot.
“There’s an app for that”
Whatever reason you’ve got, on any recent mac it’s pretty easy to do this with a pretty easy to use free piece of software.
X Lossless Decoder: Lossless audio decoder for Mac OS X
Head over to Google Code Project page and download the latest release. The file at the top of the list should work fine.
When the file has finished downloading, the extracted file should contain a few folders, readme files and an OSX Application. Go ahead and move it wherever, or just go run it where it is.
Change the settings, it can import to iTunes for you!
When you first launch XLD it seems like nothing is running, but check your dock and it’s clearly there.
Select XLD in your dock and head up to the preferences screen.
By default the Output format is set to WAV so change this to your choice format.
XLD can also automatically add the converted files to itunes, just select the option towards the bottom for the screen.
Converting your first batch of FLAC files.
There are 2 ways of selecting a batch of files, I’ll start with the easiest; Open up a finder window with the files you want to convert, select the files you want to convert then simply drag the selection into the XLD icon in your dock!
Alternatively you can head to the OSX Toolbar, select File and then open and find the files that way.