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Max is an application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files.

When extracting audio from compact discs, Max offers the maximum in flexibility to ensure the true sound of your CD is faithfully extracted. For pristine discs, Max offers a high-speed ripper with no error correction. For damaged discs, Max can either use its built-in comparison ripper (for drives that cache audio) or the error-correcting power of cdparanoia.

Once the audio is extracted, Max can generate audio in over 20 compressed and uncompressed formats more...

What's New

Version 0.9.1:
  • Formats preference pane works correctly on Snow Leopard.
  • Note: Automatic updates may not be working correctly.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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kingjj Member IconComment+2
kingjj
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Essential software
However, this version (0.9.1) crashes when attempting to access the format preferences using 10.6.8

Use the "unstable" version found here:
http://sbooth.org/Max/#download

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Version 0.9.1
Drdul Member IconComment+448
Drdul
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Max still works with 10.9.3 on my wife's old unibody MacBook with an internal SuperDrive, but I couldn't get it to work on my retina MBP with an external drive. I finally gave up and switched to XLD, which works perfectly.

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Version 0.9.1
Ryan129 Member IconReview+2
Ryan129
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Works really well and has no extra frills.

Though the icon is slightly outdated, so I made a new one (http://i.imgur.com/LsoPElH.png)

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Version 0.9.1
Seedy Member IconReview+21
Seedy
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I like Max, use the latest version from the Dev's site. Makes good files, works well, great option choices.

Howevah, Music Brainz is incomplete, to say it nicely. Got tired of typing titles, esp when the Finder already knew what the CD was. So now I'm ripping with XLD, which finds the titles.

Anyone know how to make Max use freedb, I'm listening.

And yeah, there's certain things Max doesn't like, so we don't do those when he's open. Like adjusting the prefs when a disc is ready to convert.

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Version 0.9.1
Uncoy
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I'm another user on XLD now, just for the CD titles. It's just as much of a pain to try to submit titles to MusicBrainz as to type them out. Insane.

http://foliovision.com/2010/03/freedb-cddb-musicbrainz-on-osx

Old_guy Member IconReview+228
Old_guy
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Best free converter app. Period

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Version 0.9.1
Bera1 Member IconReview+1
Bera1
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easy to use
efficient

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Version 0.9.1
macraffel Member IconReview+0
macraffel
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I'm running OS10.8.2 on an i7 iMac.
Max works like a charm. After the fluke experience of fluke (sorry guys but it was) I was very happy to find this piece of software to convert flac to mp3.
Easy, and working well. what more do you want.

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Version 0.9.1
Mikael B
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You seem to be misguided in what Fluke is supposed to do. Fluke retains the original file as is, yet makes it playable and a part of the iTunes music library. There are specific reasons for that. Most common when using iTunes for keeping track of files and playing back music with third party software thjat suports FLAC.

If you're not interested in that there are lot of quality alternatives for converting to other formats, including lossless like Apple Lossless and AIFF, or lossy formats like LAME MP3 or AAC. In the latter category Max is a very good contender but its focus is very different from Fluke.

harperville Member IconReview+1
harperville
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I tried Fluke before then stumbled across Max. Wow! So easy, powerful, and awesome to work with. Thanks!

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Version 0.9.1
Mark Dancer Member IconReview+2
Mark Dancer
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Installed Max today. Launching MAX resulted in a kernel panic. Tried it again: not only a second kernel panic but a set of corrupted user preferences. It hasn’t been updated in years, and it doesn’t work with Snow Leopard.

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Version 0.9.1
Anthony1947
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Strangely, though, it does work with Lion — 10.7.3. I use it, for example, to remove the MP3 tracks from Facebook video downloads.

H3L0
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You are better off switching to XLD it gets regular updates, and it's compatible with 10.4 to 10.8.

Mikael B
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I'm using it in OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard and it also worked on OS X 10.7 Lion. Often you need to completely uninstall and reinstall Max if you had it installed in your machine or user profile before.

Albabe Member IconReview+779
Albabe
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When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.

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