29 responses

  1. Michael
    April 29, 2018

    This is an awesome article, thanks! If you’re looking for another FLAC to mp3 converter, check out the free xAct (http://xact.scottcbrown.org/) – it’s an awesome program, and it also single audio files into individual tracks… pretty cool. Peace!

    • Trudge
      April 29, 2018

      I like Cog [http://cogx.org]. It plays everything I throw at it (kind of like VLC). I have version 0.08 (2051) which I believe you can d/l at http://cogx.org/development.php.

  2. ChuckR
    April 29, 2018

    X Lossless Decoder will decode/transcode, also has a player function. Available at SourceForge.

    • avenged110
      April 30, 2018

      I love that app. I use it all the time to convert FLAC to ALAC.

    • Dan Justdantanks
      May 4, 2018

      I use XLD a lot…but I also use Fission a lot.
      XLD by the way also has a premium player built in…you open the app…go under window…and you’ll find a player there that is a very good one.

  3. Golan Klinger
    April 29, 2018

    For playback of all music files, including those encoded in FLAC, check out VOX which is available for both macOS and iOS.

    https://vox.rocks/mac-music-player

    • Lubomir
      April 29, 2018

      very good player.Clean sound

    • Alan
      April 29, 2018

      Yup, I vote for VOX also. Keep my audio on a dedicated Mini now and play them with VOX. Mostly FLAC files.

  4. Joss
    April 29, 2018

    Plex Media Server, either locally or on a machine in your network (MacMini, NAS etc.), then use Plex Media Player. Might also work with VLC et al.

    • Joss
      April 29, 2018

      Just noticed: they also have a dedicated slimmed-down music player (Plexamp).

  5. John Haxby
    April 29, 2018

    Quick Look can play flac files now so there’s hope that everything else will soon.

    Converting flac to apple lossless is easy with ffmpeg:

    ffmpeg foo.flac -c:a alac -vn foo.m4a

  6. LoyalFollower
    April 29, 2018

    Why, simply, don’t use finder&quick look? High Sierra can play flac natively, at least, in my MBP.
    Anyway, I’d use iina player rather than vlc.

  7. Carla A
    April 29, 2018

    here’s another vote for XLD. it’s very flexible, converting between FLAC and MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV & AIFF and more. there’s a bit of a learning curve, but you can find easy tutorials online. xACT is similar, and can sometimes work with files that XLD won’t convert for whatever reason (i run into this problem sometimes). if all else fails, use an app like Audacity to open the files and save them to a different format.

  8. no way
    April 29, 2018

    https://www.mediahuman.com/

    Free, converts most all file formats.

  9. PerryD
    April 29, 2018

    I use FLACtunes to move FLACs into ALAC/iTunes. Works a treat. I use Tag Editor Free to clean up metadata prior to import.

    These days I’m using Relisten to listen to music most of the time, streaming rather than importing into iTunes.

  10. Don
    April 29, 2018

    Please remember that VLC will allow you to play a flac file, but it won’t be in high resolution unless you’ve got an external DAC connected to your Mac. Just another way apple got you by the, you know what. I’m an audiophile so I don’t own an iPhone. We’re smarter. Audiophiles use the fabulous LG V30 with a true full featured DAP, run by an ESS Sabre quad dac.

    • arni
      April 29, 2018

      “I’m an audiophile so I don’t own an iPhone. We’re smarter.”
      ….wow.

    • John
      April 29, 2018

      ”we’re smarter”
      Dumber you mean!!!.
      Of course VLC will play in high resolution on your Mac or your iPhone (via the lightning connector) since they have their own DAC built-in.

      • Dan Justdantanks
        May 4, 2018

        DAC is built right into your macs. You can play HD music on most macs. You go to Applications…enter utilities…and open Audio Midi Setup.app…then you set the Audio Midi setup drop down menu to Format 192000.0 Hz (CDs have 44100 Hz) and the right side drop down menu to 2-ch-32bit (CDs have 16bit)…and it will then play HD files of your choosing. Send it to the amp using either USB or the 3.5mm headphone jack.

    • J.Murgen
      April 30, 2018

      I don’t use an iPhone to play flag either, that’s why the article is called how to play flag on your Mac. Seriously, stick to the topic. Quick Look? Seriously can you do a playlist with quick look. Pretty sure you can’t, I think the article’s purpose was to show you don’t need to be locked in with aac, mp3, or Apple lossless to enjoy higher quality digital media.

    • no way
      April 30, 2018

      An “audiophile” would know the iPhone can play better than CD quality .wav files @ 24 bit.

    • Dan Justdantanks
      May 4, 2018

      You can play HD music on a mac. You go to Applications…enter utilities…and open Audio Midi Setup.app…then you set the Audio Midi setup drop down menu to Format 192000.0 Hz (CDs have 44100 Hz) and the right side drop down menu to 2-ch-32bit (CDs have 16bit)…and it will then play HD files of your choosing.
      You do not require external units to play HD music in macs.

  11. WeddarT
    April 29, 2018

    I have tried most of the sep FLAC players out there but a lot of important functionality is lost being outside of iTunes so my current method is to convert using MAX (free from http://sbooth.org/Max/) into ALAC ..very easy, fast, preserves metadata and album art if it was correctly set up. Then just drag into iTunes as normal. Now all your HD music is in one library. Recommended!

  12. Dan
    April 29, 2018

    You might want to have a look as well at Audirvana, it’s a great piece of software

  13. Andreas Glink
    April 30, 2018

    Audiophile player Amarra 4:
    http://sonicstudio.com/amarra/amarra4.php

    Freeware players:
    http://cogx.org/features.php
    Simple and effective browsing.

    https://www.clementine-player.org/en/
    Playlists in tabs and a multitude of another features.

  14. Marcos
    May 1, 2018

    Audirvana and Swinsian are the better choices. I use Audirvana for classics and Swinsian for pops and rocks.

  15. Bruce Maples
    May 1, 2018

    Just want to mention my favorite CD ripper and audio file converter: dbPoweramp. It started as a Windows app, then the author rewrote it for Mac OS. Has a number of excellent features, not the least of which is its ability to do a CRC check on a rip to ascertain accuracy. I’ve used it to pull music off a damaged CD, and I use it for file conversions all the time.

    Not an investor, no affiliate link. Just a long-time, very satisfied customer.

    https://www.dbpoweramp.com

  16. Dan Justdantanks
    May 4, 2018

    I have been using FLAC files in my macs since 10.6.8. and ironically you picture FLUKE, but do not mention it. Fluke is an applet that allows you to play FLAC files on a Mac. To play FLAC files in iTunes, you drop the flac tune on the opened FLUKE icon, and it is automatically incorporated into iTunes and plays like any other tune. FLUKE also plays FLAC files in Quicktime. You likewise can play HD music on a mac. You go to Applications…enter utilities…and open Audio Midi Setup.app…then you set the Audio Midi setup drop down menu to Format 192000.0 Hz (CDs have 44100 Hz) and the right side drop down menu to 2-ch-32bit (CDs have 16bit)…and it will then play HD files of your choosing. I have gotten into WavPack files for my albums, but they do not play in iTunes nor in Quicktime…so you need VLC for them, but using FLAC is really easy. I had FLUKE set to open when I boot my mac…and it worked flawlessly.

  17. LeMøøse
    May 14, 2018

    Is there a flac-player on iOs that has a decent way to handle playlists? I’d love to import and use .m3u files on my phone.

    VLC does not handle this quite well, neither does VOX. These apps may allow you to create a new playlist — the focus here is to be able to import a predefined playlist into an iOs phone.

    Thanks for all pointers/suggestions in advance,
    LM

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