How to convert FLAC to ALAC with tags and cover art images

Updated on April 7, 2023

FLAC and ALAC are two lossless audio codecs widely used among thousands of music fans. Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) was developed in 2004 and became open-source in 2011. FLAC has some internal differences from the ALAC format, but from the perspective of an end-user the only real difference is that ALAC can be easily played on iOS devices, while FLAC – can not. So converting FLAC to ALAC is a common task for iPhone and iPad users. Here is how you can run this conversion with minimum efforts, maximum efficiency and without quality loss.

This guide has been written using the Mac version of the program, but the steps for Windows are the same

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  1. Open a source FLAC file

    Run MediaHuman Audio Converter, then drag and drop the desired FLAC file to its window. Alternatively, you can click the Add button on the toolbar and open the file to convert using the Open dialog.

    Add FLAC files you want to convert

    You can add multiple files to convert all of them in one go.

  2. Split CUE

    Music in the FLAC format often comes in two files: the image and the cue sheet. The program automatically detects such files and suggests splitting the file to individual tracks. Depending on whether you want to receive individual songs, or the entire album in the ALAC format, answer yes or no.

    Split FLAC using CUE file
  3. Select ALAC as the output format

    When you finished adding FLAC files it is time now to convert them. Click the format selection dropdown on the toolbar to bring up the format selection dialog. Select ALAC there as shown below.

    Select output format to ALAC
  4. Adjust quality

    In the format selection dialog you can also choose quality of the output file. Provided both FLAC and ALAC are lossless format you should select the original quality here as shown on the picture below. Alternatively, you can select Custom and configure your own set of quality options.

    Set additional format settings
  5. Convert!

    Close the format selection dialog and click the Convert button on the toolbar. Wait until the conversion process finishes. Though, this won’t be too long, as MediaHuman Audio Converter utilizes the entire computation power your CPU provides of all cores it has. If you would prefer to free up some cores for other tasks, please check the Preferences for that.

    Begin conversion
  6. We are done!

    The process has finished, and you have successfully converted your FLAC files to ALAC files directly, without any intermediate formats. Now simply upload them to your device and enjoy!

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