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xACT stands for X Aaudio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.2.1), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.3.1), more...

What's New

Version 2.29
  • Date tag is now split into separate Year/Month/Day fields.
  • Modified MP3 date tag handling for better iTunes compatibility.
  • Added ability to tag TTA files.
  • Upgraded Wavpack to v4.70.0.
  • Upgraded Taglib to v1.9.1.
  • Upgraded MP4v2 to v2.0.0.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Don't let the two dancing gremlins in front of a green iTunes icon fool you…this is a superb audio compression app. Thanks to the developer for maintaining and offering it completely free of charge.

5 people found this review helpful
Version 2.24
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Dellsuxx Member IconReview+30
Dellsuxx
+2

Been using xAct for over 10 years and highly recommend this free powerful program to all.
IMHO xAct is way better than most paid apps I've tried.

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Version 2.28
Markoh Member IconComment+187
Markoh
+0

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23430/x-lossless-decoder

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Version 2.28
Scottbrown
+4

Please stop spamming this page about XLD.

RavenNevermore
+2

@Markoh, do you have mental issues?

Markoh
+0

Is it my fault that XLD is better?

Scott Brown (developer)
+0

Again, please stop spamming this page about XLD. This is the page for xACT.

Yes, they share some functionality, but there are many things that xACT does that XLD does not.

Oliv!er Member IconReview+9
Oliv!er
+2

I use both and xAct has very important functionnalities for me to archive pro audio files

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Version 2.27
Markoh Member IconComment+187
Markoh
+0

YAY! X Lossless Decoder 20140504 was released on 04.05.2014 :)

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Version 2.27
Markoh Member IconComment+187
Markoh
+2

Just stick to X Lossless Decoder (XLD). Much better than xACT imho

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Version 2.26
RavenNevermore
+3

They both have their place. Each is better for different things.

Scottbrown
+3

XLD is very good (I actually use XLD on my Mac for cd ripping), but xACT is still the only app I know of for users who want shntool functionality and simple checksum handling.

Bowlerboy_jmb Member IconComment+210
Bowlerboy_jmb
+2

The description of this software is a classical example of a programmer attempting to talk about his product, and it fails miserably because, as is typical of geeks who are too close to their work to really understand its value to others, the description discusses the product ONLY in terms of how he constructed it but never in terms of what the product does for a buyer.

Developers (and others) who fail to understand that buyers don't really care what is under the hood, for they rarely understand the technical gobbledegook anyway. What buyers want to read is information that tells them in no uncertain terms how the product will serve the problems they have, how it will make their life better, why it is worth using.

This inability to empathize with the customer is not limited only to software programmers. It occurs in all fields of business where product manufacturers fail to hire a professional copywriter to translate the features and benefits of the client's product into language that the rest of the world can understand. If the producer can't afford to hire a copywriter, it would be worth his time to at least buy a book, or do a Google search, for tips on how to promote one's work to others.

No matter how well this product may work, its description does not do it justice. Take a different tack, developer. Talking about your product by listing all of the esoteric technologies you tossed into its engine will impress no one but the three other people on the planet who know what the hell you're talking about.

You made an audio converter? Fine. Now figure out a way to convert your product description into something that makes sense.

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Version 2.25
Oliv!er
+5

there are no buyers for this software as it is a freeware.
The xACT developper show you the codecs used in his application, what do you want more ? If you attempt about devs they take your hand on the mouse you should watch about payware that they do not make a better job but without use your brain.
Last thing, Scott, the dev, is a very nice guy and if you have an idea for a new feature, do not hesitate to ask him.
I am french, excuse for my poor english.

Scottbrown
+7

I'm not sure how calling me a geek is really going to solve your problem.

xACT is also 100% free, so no one is forced to "buy" anything.

If you have a problem or a suggestion with the software, all you have to do is email me. There's a link right there when the app launches to do that. No need to go on a tirade on macupdate.

People email me all the time with suggestions. If a suggestion makes sense and will benefit users, I usually try to put it in a future version.

Clifford Member IconReview+29
Clifford
+5

Don't let the two dancing gremlins in front of a green iTunes icon fool you…this is a superb audio compression app. Thanks to the developer for maintaining and offering it completely free of charge.

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Version 2.24
Oliv!er Member IconReview+9
Oliv!er
+1

Juste the best, the more acurate and complete audio compression application.

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Version 2.23
Oliv!er Member IconReview+9
Oliv!er
+1

A very reliable encoder / decoder.
For the pro audio users, the metadata of the bwf files will survive to a compression/expansion cycle with this soft.
This is the best I know

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Version 2.23
marlow2689 Member IconReview+1
marlow2689
+1

Works exactly for the purposes I'd like. Straightforward and pretty thoughtful of the user in every process for which I've used it.

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Version 2.21
user icon+9
Oliv!er
Version 2.27
user icon+0
RodrigoT7166
Version 2.24
user icon+0
Wombatman
Version 2.24
user icon+9
Oliv!er
Version 2.24
user icon+0
Johnc119
Version 2.23
user icon+0
Halber-Mensch
Version 2.23
user icon+0
Oolong
Version 2.23
user icon+35
Curdaneta
Version 2.22
user icon+9
Widber
Version 2.22
user icon+9
xefned
Version 2.21
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Downloads 719,741
Version Downloads 4,818
License Free
Date 02 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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