Convert APE/CUE Files to Any Lossless FLAC/Apple Lossless Format On Mac OS X

For ripping music from CDs to your music library, iTunes does a pretty good job, which would be enough for most Mac OS X users. But if you have to deal with CD images files such as APE/CUE/BIN files, this process can get a little difficult.

X Lossless Decoder is a freeware tool for Mac OS X that helps you to not decode these files, but encode them to any format you may like and also correctly tag them automatically by using tools such as Gracenote/CDDB or MusicBrainz. The following formats are supported by XLD –

  • (Ogg) FLAC (.flac/.ogg)
  • Monkey’s Audio (.ape)
  • Wavpack (.wv)
  • TTA (.tta)
  • Apple Lossless (.m4a)

XLD also has a feature that allows you fetch album art for your lossless media and embed it into the encoded files. I recently needed to encode a lot of such music files, and XLD came to the rescue.

To convert your file, just click on Open from the File menu, and navigate to your file. If your file is a headerless raw PCM file, then use the second option (Open raw PCM), otherwise, open the cue sheet using the first option. XLD should automatically read the titles tracks and info from the cue sheet.

From the Preferences pane, you can select an appropriate output format (listed above).

There are also a lot of directory and naming related options that may come in handy. For example, I like my tracks to be formatted in a particular manner, like {album name}/{track number} – {track name}. By using the specific flags, you can set the naming/directory structure for the encoded files.

To enable Gracenote CDDB/MusicBrainz detection, go to the CDDB pane in the Preferences dialog, and check ‘Automatically connect to CDDB’. Else, you can just use the CDDB menu to fetch info. In some cases, XLD will show multiple matching results for your files, but usually all of them are accurate, and you can select any one based on your personal naming preferences.

For most lossless encoding, XLD works pretty fast and efficiently utilizes your CPU. I converted over 140 files within 30 minutes.

XLD is a pretty useful tool, a must have for audiophiles who like to keep their music in lossless formats.

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