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Music player to play flac files?
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Kyle76
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May 20, 2008, 02:34 PM
 
I'm looking for a light (low resource) player to play my flac files. I tried Cog, but it began to have gaps in playback after using it just a short while. Any recommendations?
     
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May 20, 2008, 05:48 PM
 
IMHO FLAC should be built into iTunes and Apple Lossless format dumped. The only thing Apple Lossless is good for is making lossless compressed audio files with DRM (digital rights manglement) infection.

Some light FLAC players:

1) PlayerTool - Freeware, currently in beta, but gets rave reviews. 2.1 MB.
ToolPlayer 0.2.5 software download - Mac OS X - VersionTracker

2) Play - Freeware, currently in beta, but gets rave reviews. 3.9 MB
Play 0.3 software download - Mac OS X - VersionTracker

I like them both. Hope that helps.
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May 20, 2008, 06:36 PM
 
Take a look at XLD.
     
Kyle76  (op)
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May 21, 2008, 09:03 AM
 
I tried ToolPlayer, and it also skips. My flac files are on a USB-connected hard drive with NTFS file system. I have posted on the laptop board because I think the NTFS might be the problem. Copying an album to my Mac takes nearly an hour.
     
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May 21, 2008, 12:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by zunipus View Post
IMHO FLAC should be built into iTunes and Apple Lossless format dumped. The only thing Apple Lossless is good for is making lossless compressed audio files with DRM (digital rights manglement) infection.
Apple Lossless doesn't currently come with DRM at all (though of course the iTunes Store might switch to ALE eventually).

ALE includes support for full ID3 tagging and covers.

FLAC does not - or at least, no FLAC torrent I've ever downloaded has *ever* included such information in the files themselves, so I must assume it's not supported.

That alone is reason enough not to bother with FLAC, or to convert the hell out of that format as soon as you've downloaded it.
     
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May 21, 2008, 01:58 PM
 
Well, that's not true. Flac does support metadata tags, although they're not exactly the same as ID3. They do contain a lot of the same information, though - name, artist, album, etc.

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May 30, 2008, 03:21 PM
 
Wasn't there a plugin that allowed Quicktime and iTuness to play FLAC audio?
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Jun 7, 2008, 11:04 PM
 
Doesn't VLC play FLAC?

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Jun 9, 2008, 02:06 PM
 
I think you should be able to use an application called Switch to convert your audio files into an mp3 or whatever you'd like. iTunes should be able to pick it up after that. I believe there is a free version and a retail version. Good Luck!
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I believe VLC player uses build-in FLAC decoder.
     
   
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