25th January 2007

FLAC and OGG support for iTunes – import and play

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Well, i wanted to import my .ogg and .flac into iTunes but … you know the story. After 2 days of trying to compile amarok with kde3 and making it run natively with quartz-wm, i gave up.

The next day i found this nice blog post about adding ogg and flac support to iTunes.

Just get xiphQT (0.1.5) and install it ( open the XiphQT-full.mpkg ). Next get the flac import component for iTunes (its the flac_import_0.5b1_p0.1.dmg ) and drag the FLACImport.component into /Library/QuickTime . Last get the set-OggS tool (its the set-OggS-0.1.dmg ) and place the “Set OggS.app” in your dock or somewhere else where you can easily drop files to. Quit iTunes and restart it.

Now, what do you have to do for importing .flac into iTunes …

At first drop the .flac files on the “Set OggS” application (on the icon, not into the window).

Next just drag the .flac files into your iTunes. It takes a while to import and the playback will stop during that import period. Starting the playback of a .flac file although takes a while.

But after all, the .ogg and .flac files are in the library and you can play em as easy as all the other content. Just needs some more work on importing stuffs. Worked for me.

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  1. 1 On March 12th, 2007, sam said: [Quote]

    Nice post. This recipe worked first try after a couple of false starts. Thanks.

  2. 2 On March 14th, 2007, Administrator said: [Quote]

    sam on March 12, 2007 at 5:42 am said:

    Nice post. This recipe worked first try after a couple of false starts. Thanks.

    ya, i had a few false starts too 🙂 but once i got the clue, it was pretty easy …

  3. 3 On March 22nd, 2007, Russ said: [Quote]

    I finally got it working, apart from a few problems…

    + I can’t seem to apply artwork to files – i get the message ‘album art not modifiable’

    + Some tags don’t come across e.g. ‘year’ tag

    Any ideas for fixes?
    Russ

  4. 4 On March 23rd, 2007, Russ said: [Quote]

    Actually, further to my previous comments ref the lack of artwork. iTunes will add artwork automatically if:
    + You are signed into your iTunes account (you do have one don’t you?)
    + The album is available in iTunes
    You can also choose get artwork manually. If not – no album artwork and the ‘Album art not modifiable. I can’t see a way of getting iTunes to accept artwork for files not in the iTunes store. I’ve tried a few ways but no luck. Does anybody have any ideas?

    Russ

  5. 5 On March 27th, 2007, Hans said: [Quote]

    Hi,

    I am fumbling with: “Last get the set-OggS tool (its the set-OggS-0.1.dmg ) and place the “Set OggS.app” in your dock or somewhere else where you can easily drop files to.” Well, i can get the dmg file but the rest escapes me. I don’t see the OggS.app file and don’t understand what it means to place it in your ‘dock.’

    Can someone simplify for me? I am none technical, but anything to open itunes to flac.

    Many thanks
    Hans

  6. 6 On March 28th, 2007, Administrator said: [Quote]

    Hans on March 27, 2007 at 10:16 am said:

    Hi,

    I am fumbling with: “Last get the set-OggS tool (its the set-OggS-0.1.dmg ) and place the “Set OggS.app” in your dock or somewhere else where you can easily drop files to.” Well, i can get the dmg file but the rest escapes me. I don’t see the OggS.app file and don’t understand what it means to place it in your ‘dock.’

    Can someone simplify for me? I am none technical, but anything to open itunes to flac.

    Many thanks
    Hans

    if you know how to mount a .dmg file … like double-click it, you should see 4 files in the mounted image:

    COPYING.txt
    Clear OggS.app
    ReadMe.txt
    Set OggS.app

    if not … you may use an other browser to download the file (like safari). next steps should be simple from that on … your dock is the bar down there with all the little icons on it 🙂 you simply drag it into that place and you are done …

  7. 7 On March 29th, 2007, Hans said: [Quote]

    Having trouble mounting the .dmg file. I am using XP – is that the issue? If so, is there a simple workaround?

    Hans

  8. 8 On March 29th, 2007, Administrator said: [Quote]

    Hans on March 29, 2007 at 3:01 pm said:

    Having trouble mounting the .dmg file. I am using XP – is that the issue? If so, is there a simple workaround?

    Hans

    .dmg files are only for users of the macintosh operating system (for example Mac OS X). you can’t execute .app files in windows xp neither. this guide is only for mac, thats where itunes came from 😀

  9. 9 On January 16th, 2008, Tom said: [Quote]

    THANK YOU!

  10. 10 On March 5th, 2008, fivos said: [Quote]

    so there is no way playing flac in the itunes of windows with this way ?:(

  11. 11 On July 9th, 2008, Dread Pirate Robert said: [Quote]

    Hey there,

    I know your process works, because I had some flac files to convert a few months ago and did it no problem. This time, I think I erred somewhere… all my flac files are now QT movie files, about 5x bigger than an mp3. What did I do wrong? (Oh, there’s a new version of XiphQT so that may be an issue…)

    Robert

  12. 12 On July 9th, 2008, Dread Pirate Robert said: [Quote]

    Um, just in case anyone is as obtuse as I am, there’s a nifty feature in iTunes that, once you select a song, lets you “convert selection to mp3”. It turns a 25MB QT movie file into an 8MB (@256kbps) mp3 file. And it sounds great.

    Thanks Tom.

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