How to Convert FLAC to iTunes Lossless
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Nowadays, people love to store their files in FLAC format for its lossless compression, unlike other format, FLAC does not destroy any original audio information but restore the sound quality of music. However, it may frustrate you when you want to play FLAC files in iTunes but only to find out that iTunes doesn’t support FLAC files. Luckily, this article will help clear up your confusion and you will learn how to convert your FLAC to iTunes Lossless.
What Audio File Formats Does iTunes Support
iTunes can read, write and convert between MP3, AIFF, WAV, AAC and Apple Lossless. iTunes can also play anything QuickTime can play, including protected AAC files from the iTunes Store and Audible.com audio books. The Windows version of iTunes can automatically convert unprotected WMA files to other audio formats, but it does not support directly play or compiled WMA format.
You can find them by choosing "iTunes > Preferences", then click the "General > Import Settings".
[Best Method] How to Convert FLAC to iTunes
In order to convert FLAC to the formats that iTunes support, it is recommended to convert it to AIFF lossless format, one of the audio encoders that are supported by iTunes. For helping you to convert audio in the easiest way, VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is one of the best FLAC converters you can rely on, not only can it support converting on Windows and Mac but also have the formats iTunes supports such as ALAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF. The processes of conversion as follow may help you:
Step 1. Install & Launch the Converter
Download VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate on your computer, and install it following the instructions. Then, launch it.
Step 2. Add FLAC File into the Program
Click "Add Files" button on the top of the interface or plus icon and select the FLAC file you want to convert. You can also drag and drop your video file to the software directly. Batch converting is also supported in the registered version.
Step 3. Choose AIFF as the Output Format
After adding files to the interface, you can click the blue rightmost button, then go to "Audio" category and browse the format to find "AIFF"and choose the quality you want. You can customize your files like encoder, channel, sample rate, bitrate by clicking the gear button.
If you add videos more than one, you can directly set up output format from top right corner by clicking "Convert All to" for convenience.
Step 4. Start Converting FLAC to iTunes Format
If you are satisfied with the setups, then you can click "Convert All" at the bottom. The process will take you some time, after the conversion, you can get your converted AIFF files.
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FAQs About Converting FLAC to iTunes
How to Import the Converted File to iTunes?
After conversion is done, you may wonder how to import the converted file to iTunes, here are the steps:
Click the “files” button at the top right corner, Choose "Add File to Library" (or press Ctrl+O on Windows / Command+O on Mac);
Then you can navigate through the folders on your computer where your converted file is located in a pop-up dialog;
Choose the converted audio file, and hit Enter (Windows) / Return (Mac);
iTunes will add the file from your Mac/PC to your iTunes library;
Why iTunes Can’t Support FLAC Files?
First of all, FLAC is free, which means you can get it for free. More importantly, the FLAC file format is fully open to the public, you can use it for any purpose. FLAC file format and encoding/decoding implementation are not restricted by any known patents. It means support FLAC in iTunes could be a trouble since many open-source software algorithms can be targets of patent trolls. A big company such as Apple start to support FLAC would likely be sought copious damage when people dredge up a patent.
What’s more, apple has its own lossless codec- Apple Lossless, which also has the functions of fast encoding, lossless compression and well-restored quality, and also compatible with iTunes and iOS devices.
Therefore, if you want to paly FLAC files in iTunes, you need to convert them to Apple Lossless or other formats that iTunes support. Then import it to iTunes.
What Output Format Do I Choose When Converting FLAC to iTunes?
- MP3 has it advantage of small size and good sound quality. It refers to the audio part of the MPEG standard, but it is important to note that MPEG audio file is a loss compression.
- ACC has better sound quality and smaller file, but it also has the shortage of loss compression.
- WAV can record all kinds of mono or stereo sound information without distort the sound. However, WAV has a drawback: take up too much disk space, each minute of music requires about 12 megabytes of disk space.
- Apple Lossless and AIFF are both developed by Apple Inc. Apple Lossless is the encoding format of Apple, mainly used in lossless data compression of digital music, while AIFF stands for audio interchange file format, used to encode sound data for PC and other electronic devices. Both Apple Lossless and AIFF format are lossless, but one of the differences between them is that AIFF is uncompressed, while Apple Lossless is compressed.
Therefore, if you want to convert FLAC to iTunes, the best choose for you is AIFF. When playing an Apple Lossless audio file, the player needs to unzip the file. In contrast, AIFF will be more stable and convenience because it is uncompressed. And it is generally considered that Apple Lossless have slightly worse sound quality than AIFF.
All in all, though FLAC format is not in iTunes’s supported list, VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is an effective way for you to convert FLAC to iTunes compatible formats. It also provides a free trial version. Download and have a try!