Transferring Downloaded MP3s to Ipod.
I'm a bit of a novice at downloading, but recently purchased some items that are not available in physical form......yet I can't seem to transfer them to my ipod, or even play them (even Windows Media Player won't co-operate). They are Flac files, if that helps...
Anyone any ideas?
I found this page on Pristine Audio to be very helpful ( I could almost see Andrew Rose's lips moving very slowly for people like me as I read it ).
Go to section 7 for problems with opening FLACs and to section 8 for a solution
I hope that this helps
Flac files are not mp3s
and (though I dont use an ipod) its unlikely that the iPod will play them
so you will need some file conversion software
you should be able to find something free that does the trick
I use FLAC Frontend (free to download) to decompress FLACs to WAVs, and can recommend it:
Just drag your FLAC files from Explorer into the the window and click 'Decode'. (I've always left all parameters, which I don't understand, at the given settings.) Unless you alter it, the WAV files will be put in the same subdirectory as the FLAC files.
WAV files, being the full sound files, should be usable for whatever you want, and can of course be played by Media player, though you can always compress them again to mp3s if you want to, using EAC or something similar (e.g. Real Audio converter). Hope this helps. Don.
Thanks for all the suggestions, folks.
The problem I'm now having is that when I download an application, I keep being told that i 'cannot be opened' and then being required to 'search the web' for something to open it with...
Any ideas on what I might need to enable/disable in order to progress....?
One of the admittedly many things that keeps me from buying an iPod is its inability to handle such useful codecs as .flac (free lossless audio codec), .ape (Monkey's Audio) and .mp2 (as used by DAB, Freeview, etc.). It should be possible to convert .flac files to Apple lossless, but how to do it I do not know.
Originally Posted by Mandryka
What you need to open a file, rather than run it, depends on the file type. If you tell use this (i.e. in the name, the three letter suffix after the dot) we may be able to suggest what is needed.
I would avoid the whole "file cannot be opened and search the web to find something" because in my experience it never came up with anything that i would want to use
Originally Posted by amateur51
FLAC frontend sounds useful
You have to be careful about "free" software as many things listed as such (and at the top of a google search ) are not
but reading a few reviews of open sources stuff should find something that works
Like Bryn I wouldn't use an iPod (even though for most things I use a mac these days) as I hate iTunes and am not that impressed with the iPods sound quality despite the hype its a bit of an awkward bit of kit in terms of its flexibility
Just a few suggestions for Mandryka: [Edited]
An excellent PC music player that can handle FLAC (as well as most other popular formats) is Foobar. I've been using it for years and it is free. It also has very useful 'tagging' facilities (right click on the file displayed in Foobar and click on properties).
I agree with others that FLAC Frontend is a very useful application to code wave files to FLAC and to decode FLAC files to wave. I seem to remember that it is bundled in with the FLAC download from: http://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html . (Choose the 'FLAC for Windows with installer' option.)
Once you have the files in wave format you can easily convert them to mp3s, if that is what you want, using Lame. Lame uses the command line but there is an easy to use windows interface called WinLame, which should make the conversion to mp3s quite painless: http://winlame.sourceforge.net/
I don't know anything about conversion to Apple Lossless from wave files but dbpoweramp does include that conversion (together with many others). Dbpoweramp is one of the two most highly regarded and most accurate pieces of software for ripping CDs to your hard drive (the other being EAC) but the Muisc Converter is available as a 21 day free trial (the free trial also seems to bundle in the full dbpoweramp): http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm
If you install the dbpoweramp music converter the first programme that comes up is the 'Configuration' programme (not the actual converter) which is a little confusing, but once you just accept the defaults you can then access the actual conversion programme.
Last edited by johnb; 15-05-11 at 20:34.