How to split & convert single-file FLAC Album into tracks (MAC OS X)

Split a single-file lossless album image such as FLAC, APE, WV still a headache and for Mac OS X user is no exception.

  • The following tutorial is only for Mac OS X users.
  • For Windows users see this tutorial.

 
 
STEP 1: DONWLOAD AND INSTALL XLD

  • X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is a awesome tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode, convert and ripp audio files. It works on Mac OS X 10.4 and later.
  • Download the current stable release 20141129 from the official page or directly from here.
  • Install…

 
 
STEP 2: XLD SETTINGS

  1. Run the application, then go to main tabs and hit XLD tab and select Preferences…
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  3. In Preferences window hit General tab and choose FLAC in Output Format, then hit Option button and setup as shown.
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  5. In File Naming tab setup as shown.
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  7. In Batch tab setup as shown.
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  9. In Metadata tab setup as shown.
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  11. Other Tabs not pictured aren’t necessary for now.
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  13. Now in main XLD tabs select Profile tab and save your settings as Convert to FLAC.

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  15. Now seize the moment to setup for Apple lossless (ALAC), hit a General tab and choose Apple Lossless in
    Output Format, then hit Option button and setup as shown.
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  17. Repeat 3, 4, 5, 6 points to setup other tabs.
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  19. Now in main XLD tabs select Profile tab and save your settings as Convert to Apple Lossless (ALAC).

 
 
STEP 3: SPLIT & CONVERT

  1. In main XLD tabs select Profile tab and choose Convert to FLAC, then go to File tab and select Open…
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  3. In the next window search and select the Cue sheet file from your single-file FLAC album folder, then hit Open button.
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  5. In the next window choose the single-file FLAC album image to split, then hit Open button.
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  7. In the next window leave as shown on picture, then hit Transcode.
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  9. Wait the progress…
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  11. As you can see it has created a New folder.
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  13. Containing the single-file FLAC album image splitted into Flac tracks.
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  15. Now if you want to split & convert to Apple lossless (ALAC), go to main XLD tabs and select Profile tab and choose Convert to Apple Lossless (ALAC), then go to File tab and select to Open…
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  17. Then repeat 2, 3, 4, 5 points.
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  19. You’ll get to split and convert single-file FLAC Album image into Apple Lossless tracks.

 
 

    CONVERT FLAC TRACKS FILES TO APPLE LOSSLESS (ALAC)

  • If you already have a FLAC tracks album as shown.
  • And you want convert to Apple lossless.
  • Go to XLD tabs -> Profile -> Convert Apple Lossless (ALAC)
  • Then Go to XLD tabs -> File -> Open…
  • In the next window select your FLAC tracks to convert and hit Open button.
  • Wait the progress…
  • And as you can see it has created a New folder containing the Apple Lossless tracks.
  • As an optional recommendation, I suggest always keep the original Lossless file as the main backup.