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X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is a tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various...

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  • Best way or app to batch convert FLACs to AIFFs or WAVs?
    XLD is a solid open source option. It also preserves all metadata and/or will search your online db of choice to fill in the gaps. I've been using it for years and really enjoy it. - Source: Reddit / 15 days ago
  • How do you listen to you music from YT-DL?
    For example, mp3 opens directly to iTunes, etc. And formats that is not compatible with Apple music Hazel will send it to XLD or use FFmpeg to convert it so Apple music can read it. - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago
  • Some newbie questions
    I was able to convert the FLAC format to Apple Lossless using XLD to get them imported into the Music app and synced to my phone. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Free software for batch converting files
    XLD™ is free, and this is basically what it is for: Transcoding audio files. It only handles lossless formats, though it handles a long list of them:. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Converting FLAC/WAV to mp3?
    XLD (MacOS only) is freeware and can convert between all major audio formats. Whatever you use make sure to produce high quality MP3s (320/44.1./16bit/CBR). Not every conversion to MP3 will sound the same, (aka mp3 encoders). Quality wise I like the MP3s that iTunes produces most, but iTunes can't convert from FLAC. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • How to rip audio CDs 2022 – with drive accuracy listing
    X Lossless Decoder is a good alternative for the Mac – and perhaps the only app that runs natively on PowerPC, Intel and ARM! - Source: Hacker News / 5 months ago
  • Can someone help me with my settings/ preferences for XLD?
    Look at the syntax:, you don't have many options to screw up unless you explcitly order to resample etc. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • TinyClock – a tiny true 5-arch universal Mac OS X single-binary GUI application
    A much more impressive universal macOS application is X Lossless Decoder (XLD), which you can run natively on PowerPC (32), Intel (32/64) and ARM (64). - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • How the FLAC format compresses audio without loss of quality
    I wish apple supported FLAC. There’s an amazing free tool to convert to/from ALAC (, but still: some players only support FLAC and some ALAC and sometimes you can’t transfer songs in either format because of the no overlap between source/target. - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • PSA: Putting FLAC files in "Automatically Add To Music" will DELETE them, because Apple Music doesn't think they are music files
    If you want lossless in your Apple Music library, I suggest using a tool like XLD to batch convert to ALAC format. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • What are some must-have applications to improve usability for a new MacBook owner?
    I do a lot of ripping/converting of music files and the app XLD is the gold standard of free utilities for that on macOS. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • Benchmarked a FLAC to AAC conversion between my three Macs
    Converted with XLD version 20211018 (154.0) using these settings. - Source: Reddit / 10 months ago
  • Converting a library from 96kHz to 44,1kHz without loosing RB6 database
    Https:// this is the mac app I use. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Music for iTunes
    Download XLD and use it to convert the downloaded FLAC files into ALAC. And then you can add them to iTunes. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Absolutely free audio converter (mp3, mp4, flac etc)
    Use X Lossless Decoder, it’s brew install xld if you have Homebrew. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Is there a way to autoplay music files in Apple Files app? (or create a playlist)
    Not sure what you’re looking for here, but I personally just convert them to ALAC via XLD and use the native Music app. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Help with Cue Splitter program for Mac
    XLD is the go to solution for Macs. I've never heard of the one the other commenter is recommending. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • .AIFF files clipping/artifacting
    Try converting to AIFF using a different program and then also try ALAC (the Apple FLAC equivalent) . You can use XLD for the conversions. At least you'll see if it's a converter issue (MusicBee) or a codec issue that's causing problems. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Good Audio Converter for Mac
    I've used X Lossless Decoder for years, solid, and updated regularly. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • mp3Tag and Apple Music
    What's not working with iTunes/Music is reading tags from WAV files. You'd need to use another lossless codec, e.g., ALAC or AIFF (via XLD). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • What do we do with all this music?
    Ripped everything to FLAC using XLD and have not looked back. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago

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