How to Convert FLAC to iTunes Lossless

By Karen Nelson Last updated: July 15, 2020

On June 3, 2019, Apple announced that iTunes will not be offered in subsequent systems like macOS Catalina. But this change would not affect older macOS versions. Many users are still using iTunes and meet some difficulties like iTunes doesn't support FLAC encoding. It's very annoying when you want to enjoy FLAC audios on your iPhone/iPad but you can't open them.

Thankfully, if you have the right tool then it's possible and easy to convert your lossless FLAC albums and songs to iTunes compatible audio formats. Now, I will describe here one of the most commonly used methods to convert FLAC files to iTunes. Hope that has the help to you.

What Audio File Formats does iTunes Support

iTunes doesn't support playing FLAC files. So, what audio formats does iTunes support? You can find them by choosing "iTunes > Preferences", then click the "General > Import Settings". You will find that iTunes supports AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, and WAV.

iTunes Supported Audio

[Best Method] How to Convert FLAC to iTunes

Since FLAC encoder is lossless, we recommend turning FLAC into another lossless audio encoder – AIFF, one of the audio encoders that are supported by iTunes. To enable this, what you need is a reliable converter. Here I will recommend VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate. It allows you to convert FLAC to AIFF, ALAC, MP3, WAV, etc. and customize the audio settings such as sample rate and audio channels. It is really easy-to-use with a few steps.

# 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

To import your FLAC file, click the plus icon or drag it directly to the interface. Batch converting is supported in the registered version.

Main Interface of VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate

# Step 3. Choose AIFF as the Output Format

The information of the file is listed in the interface after adding. If there is only one video, select the format in the rightmost icon on the information column. Go to "Audio" category and browse the format to find "AIFF". 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.

AIFF is an Apple Macintosh native file format. If you want to convert FLAC to other formats such as MP3, WAV that also supported by iTunes, you can also find them in the "Audio" column. But MP3 is not lossless and the sound quality is not so good as AIFF.

Tips: You can customize the output audio sample rate and audio channels by clicking the gear icon.

Choose AIFF Format

# Step 4. Start Converting FLAC to iTunes Format

Start the conversion by clicking the "Convert All" button at the bottom right corner. Just wait a few seconds, you will get the Converted AIFF File.

Tips – How to Import the Converted File to iTunes

If you want to add an audio file to iTunes, here are the steps.

  1. Open iTunes;

  2. Click on the "File" menu;

  3. Choose "Add File to Library" (or press Ctrl+O on Windows / Command+O on Mac);

  4. Then you can navigate through the folders on your computer where your converted file is located in a pop-up dialog;

  5. Choose the converted audio file, and hit Enter (Windows) / Return (Mac);

  6. iTunes will add the file from your Mac/PC to your iTunes library;

If you want to add an entire folder, following the steps here.

  1. Choose "File > Add Folder to Library";

  2. iTunes will open the "Add to Library" dialog, and let you select a folder;

  3. Navigate to the music folder you want to import. Click the "Select Folder" button;

  4. iTunes will import all supported audio files and add them to your library.

In conclusion, iTunes has strict restrictions on importable audio formats. Though FLAC is not in iTunes's supported list, you can convert FLAC to iTunes compatible format and import the converted file to iTunes. VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is an effective way of doing this.

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