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Fluke is a small OS X utility that lets you listen to your FLAC files right within iTunes without needing to convert anything. Simply feed your FLACs into it and watch the magic happen!

What's New

Version 0.2.5:
  • Bug fixes: PPC support, single file import bug.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Quicktime 7
  • Xiph QuickTime Decoders (http://xiph.org/quicktime/download.html)
  • iTunes 10.6.1 or EARLIER

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Robk Member IconComment+238
Robk
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It is a pity that Fluke does NOT work with Mountain Lion. And to make matters worse, it looks like the development has stopped.

Fluke still works with Lion and lower. But make sure you have the xiph qt decoders installed. (They must be downloaded and installed separately). And for Lion users, make sure you are running iTunes in 32-bit mode. (Right Click on iTunes in the Applications folder and click on Run in 32-bit mode".)

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Version 0.2.5
Mikael B
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That's strange. I didn't have to run iTunes in 32bit mode on my 64bit CPU when I had Lion 10.7.4 nor 10.7.5 installed.

You should also point out that iTunes 10.6.1 is currently the latest version of iTunes supported by Fluke.

For this reason I have now abandoned Fluke and thusly converted all my FLAC files to Apple Lossless.

Diogo Cocharro
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Itunes force you to go the "itunes way" and I stop using it for that reason. Consider also checking Songbird or Nightingale, for my personal use, way much better, supports flac natively and the "watch folders" are fantastic.

Mikael B Member IconReview+414
Mikael B
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I wonder how many people miss the fact that they may need the Xiph QuickTime Decoders http://xiph.org/quicktime/download.html in order to Fluke to work properly.

I had several issues, but missed that I had previously installed Xiph in the main /Library/Components folder in my former system and not in my user ~/Library/Components folder. That is where I put this component

As soon as I had installed the "XiphQT 0.1.9 (Mac OS X, only decoders)" in my fresh and updated Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard system, Fluke 0.2.5b started to work again. Xiph requires QT 7.

If you want to retain the FLAC-file for whatever reason Fluke is indispensable.

Fluke should be distributed with a link to Xiph! Macupdate, please add this vital requirement!

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Version 0.2.5
boygirlnew Member IconReview+1
boygirlnew
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Fluke is a nice software

Though FLAC is open-source and royalty-free format, it is not a compatible audio format with iTunes and with all Apple devices.

In order to import FLAC to iTunes, a recommended solution is to convert FLAC to Apple friendly audio formats so that you can play FLAC with iTunes, iPad, the new iPad 3, iPhone and iPod, etc.



If you care the quality of the output audio, converting FLAC to Apple Lossless audio is recommended.



If you do not care about the quality of the music, you can convert FLAC to MP3, a versatile audio format across system and devices then import the converted FLAC files to iTunes.

Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Import FLAC to iTunes, you will find a nice simple solution

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Version 0.2.5
Mikael B Member IconReview+414
Mikael B
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Fluke allows me to put and play FLAC-files to my iTunes library, which I use as a source for Traktor DJ software, which does play FLAC natively.

For this it's indispensable and it works well for about 90% of my files, which has simplified my life considerably.

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Version 0.2.5
Mikael B Member IconComment+414
Mikael B
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If you have iTunes 10.6.3 and Fluke gives you the AttributeError: Unknown property, element or command: 'add' you can solve this by downgrading to 10.6.1. Just run the installer available at:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes10/041-4792.20120328.fRhny/iTunes10.6.1.dmg

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Version 0.2.5
Mikael B
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And here's the link to the bug page where you can choose to follow changes addressing this problem and give your input:
http://code.google.com/p/flukeformac/issues/detail?can=2&start=0&num=100&q=&colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Priority%20Opened%20Summary%20Owner%20Milestone&groupby=&sort=&id=54

Bigrockcrib Member IconReview+0
Bigrockcrib
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Received iTunes error message each time attempted to add to library as apple lossless file. Tried to re-downloading file, adding file from different locations, but nothing seemed to work. Finally just deleted file. Good riddance fluke! XLD was just as simple to use and worked the first time! What good is "free" if the product doesn't work!

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Version 0.2.5
Mikael B
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Does XLD add FLAC to the iTunes library?

Lately this error message also happens to me on OS X 10.5 and Fluke 0.2.5 and I've been suspecting the latest versions of iTunes. I think 10.6 worked for me, but not after that.

That a product is free also means you should do error reporting to the developer and the user community so we can fix the problem. My report is coming soon.

Mikael B
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I just added a flac file to iTunes 10.6.1 on OS X 10.6.8 with Fluke 0.25 proving this way working works with Snow Leopard.

Mikael B
+0

I have now verified this problem is caused by changes in iTunes 10.6.3, not matter the OS X verions. Downgrading to iTunes 10.6.1 solves the problem.

Here's the download link: http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes10/041-4792.20120328.fRhny/iTunes10.6.1.dmg

Mikael B
+0

I have now verified Fluke 0.2.5 together with iTunes 10.6.1 both on OS X Lion 10.7.4 as well as OS X Leopard 10.5.8. It works for most files, though a handful of files seem to be untreatable by Fluke and Max couldn't convert them either. XLD could though.

Don't update to 10.6.3 or later if you need Fluke!

ragbull1979 Member IconComment+1
ragbull1979
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How can I tell I-tunes to run in 32-bit?

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Version 0.2.5
MacUpdate---Ryan
+4

If you right click on iTunes and choose Get Info, there is an option to open in 32-bit mode.

swillis11 Member IconReview+1
swillis11
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I just posted that this does not work for Lion and iTunes 10.4, but this is not true. You have to tell iTunes to run in 32-bit mode since the update switched it to 64-bit mode.

I found this fix in this thread:

http://groups.google.com/group/flukeformac/browse_thread/thread/9fb06519a53a92ba

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Version 0.2.5
Mikael B
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For iTunes 10.6.1 on a 64-bit Lion 10.7.4 system I just used the basic installation of iTunes.

Gary_box Member IconReview+91
Gary_box
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Works ok but has issues with tags.
Useful nevertheless.

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Version 0.2.5
ma61 Member IconReview+0
ma61
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Couldnt be easier. Nice job

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Version 0.2.5
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Version 0.2.5
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Version 0.2.5
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Date 29 Jul 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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