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I buy a lot of music in FLAC format and i usually import it into iTunes using 'Fluke' then convert it to Apple Lossless. My friend has ripped a vinyl for me at 24Bit/96kHz and FLAC encoded it. When i try converting it into other formats it basically maximizes it by a ridiculous amount and is just a mess of distortion. Does anyone know some software or a technique of getting these files into a more manageable format while still preserving it's quality?

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Could by a byte flip issue. – Stavrosound Oct 3 '12 at 20:49
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Have you tried pulling it in to Audacity and exporting it into a new format? The software is free, and it can handle FLAC files. I don't really understand what's going on in the conversion process you're using from iTunes, but it would be worth trying a different piece of software.

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Every time i load Audacity it crashes, i think it is a plug-in problem. However i have tried opening them in Ableton and exporting and it works so i got there in the end. It's a pain having to convert each one separately though. Still, thanks for your help. – Danny.Q Oct 3 '12 at 21:10

I am a fan of dBPowerAmp Batch Converter for my audio transcoding needs.

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You can convert any FLAC to AIF ( for iTunes ) with the free XLD application. XLD is also an excellent ripper, slightly better-sounding than iTunes.

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I use Max to convert from FLAC [I've tried up to 24bit/96 KHz] directly to Apple Lossless [which handles 24/96].

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I use Foobar 2000 and have never had any issues decoding from FLAC. To be honest I end up doing most of my transcoding / compression stuff through there. It's free and reasonably powerful, though Windows-only.

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