Max
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Max free download for Mac

Max for Mac0.9.1

31 August 2009

High quality audio ripper.

What is Max for Mac

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 including MP3, Ogg (Vorbis), FLAC, AAC, Apple Lossless, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, Speex, AIFF, and WAVE.

If you would like to convert your audio from one format to another, Max can read and write audio files in over 20 compressed and uncompressed formats at almost all sample rates and in most sample sizes. For many popular formats, the artist and album metadata is transferred seamlessly between the old and new files. Max can even split a single audio file into multiple tracks using a cue sheet.

Max leverages open source components and the resources of Mac OS X to provide extremely high-quality output. For example, MP3 encoding is accomplished with LAME, Ogg Vorbis encoding with aoTuV, FLAC encoding with libFLAC, and AAC and Apple Lossless encoding with Core Audio. Many PCM conversions are also possible using Core Audio and libsndfile.

Max is integrated with MusicBrainz to permit automatic retrieval of compact disc information. For MP3, FLAC, Ogg (FLAC), Ogg (Vorbis), Monkey's Audio, WavPack, AAC and Apple Lossless files Max will write this metadata to the output.

Max allows full control over where output files are placed and what they are named. If desired, Max will even add the encoded files to your iTunes library in a playlist of your choice.

For advanced users, Max allows control over how many threads are used for encoding, what type of error correction is used for audio extraction, and what parameters are used for each of the various encoders.

Max is free software released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

What's new in Max

Version 0.9.1:
  • Formats preference pane works correctly on Snow Leopard.
  • Note: Automatic updates may not be working correctly.
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Charliehodge
Charliehodge
Jun 20 2020
0.9.1
5.0
Jun 20 2020
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
There's a new 64-bit beta version. It works fine for me so far.
Noach
Noach
Nov 8 2017
0.9.1
4.5
Nov 8 2017
4.5
Version: 0.9.1
Knows what he's doing - see prefs
John-Keogh
John-Keogh
Feb 13 2016
0.9.1
4.0
Feb 13 2016
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
Still works fine for me, but I find the resulting files are quiet, so I convert with Permute or within iTunes.
Bobbster
Bobbster
Nov 26 2014
0.9.1
4.0
Nov 26 2014
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
I just want to confirm the last unstable release from the developer website, works fine on Yosemite.
Tlance
Tlance
Nov 22 2014
0.9.1
0.0
Nov 22 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
YEp. Just want to give another report of Max being fine on Yosemite (10.1) - at least for my use: FLAC > ALAC & AAC.
Fking
Fking
Oct 2 2014
0.9.1
0.0
Oct 2 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
sadly, broken in latest yosemite beta (end sept 2014). have used Max for a long time...will miss it (unless, of course, apple fixes whatever they changed...and the app works by the final release of yosemite)...
kingjj
kingjj
Jun 19 2014
0.9.1
0.0
Jun 19 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
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
Drdul
Drdul
May 25 2014
0.9.1
0.0
May 25 2014
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
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.
Ryan129
Ryan129
Mar 31 2014
0.9.1
5.0
Mar 31 2014
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
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)
Seedy
Seedy
May 14 2013
0.9.1
3.0
May 14 2013
3.0
Version: 0.9.1
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.
Old-guy
Old-guy
Apr 6 2013
0.9.1
5.0
Apr 6 2013
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Best free converter app. Period
Bera1
Bera1
Jan 28 2013
0.9.1
5.0
Jan 28 2013
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
easy to use efficient
macraffel
macraffel
Nov 14 2012
0.9.1
4.5
Nov 14 2012
4.5
Version: 0.9.1
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.
harperville
harperville
Aug 28 2012
0.9.1
4.5
Aug 28 2012
4.5
Version: 0.9.1
I tried Fluke before then stumbled across Max. Wow! So easy, powerful, and awesome to work with. Thanks!
Mark-Dancer
Mark-Dancer
May 6 2012
0.9.1
0.5
May 6 2012
0.5
Version: 0.9.1
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.
Albabe
Albabe
Mar 1 2012
0.9.1
5.0
Mar 1 2012
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.
Albabe
Albabe
Mar 1 2012
0.9.1
5.0
Mar 1 2012
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
When converting bin and cue to lossy (@320 m4a), this client works best for me.
Aargl
Aargl
Feb 28 2012
0.9.1
5.0
Feb 28 2012
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Max hasn't been updated for years, now, but still is one of the best converters still available on PPC, with XLD. XLD is constantly updated, more than any other app I know (instead of Max, but Max is still a little better for some detail and some conversion, while XLD is quite as good and very flexible). I converted the same files with iTunes, XLD and Max, with the same settings, then watched the waveform (especially the higher end) in an editor: iTunes degrades the signal before XLD, and XLD before Max (but not significantly).
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Dec 5 2011
0.9.1
0.0
Dec 5 2011
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Above the claim is made that Max can split one flac album file into tracks with the help of a cue file. It's totally unclear to me how that is supposed to be set up. When I tried such a file duo (flac + cue) Max made one big aiff file. How do you do it?
Stacky
Stacky
Nov 3 2011
0.9.1
5.0
Nov 3 2011
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
excellent, easy to use, plenty of options to tweak if you want a bit more control over your output formats, simple interface, free, what more could you want!
Hylas
Hylas
Oct 29 2011
0.9.1
5.0
Oct 29 2011
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Pleas remove duplicates - the page was giving errors and not posting - sorry.
Hylas
Hylas
Oct 29 2011
0.9.1
5.0
Oct 29 2011
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Max 0.9.1 - Stephen Booth: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19873/max This review is based on our Audio Platform Macintosh, a G5 DP 2.5 PPC, running OS X 10.5.8, 8 GB RAM, 4 auxiliary SATA platters. I'm surprised the Author doesn't fill out this Application similarly to another fine program - MPEG2 Works 4 Advanced: https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/17019/mpeg2-works-4-advanced ... and charge a modest fee. This is one of the best written (I know - OSS) packages for Audio conversion out there for the Mac and Apple in general. I have great hope for the forthcoming update (here's the BETA): http://files.sbooth.org/Max-r1438.tar.bz2 And now there's this at Slashdot today ... Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source http://apple.slashdot.org/story/11/10/28/0115247/apples-lossless-audio-codec-alac-now-open-source http://alac.macosforge.org/ Thanks Stephen
Bigdave56
Bigdave56
May 28 2011
0.9.1
0.0
May 28 2011
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Max is broken on 10.6 for me, won't do a thing, and hasn't been updated in almost two years. Used to like it a lot but if you have problems too, XLD is an alternative.
xati-ba
xati-ba
May 25 2011
0.9.1
0.0
May 25 2011
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Sorry if this question seems stupid but does this app rip better than the inbuilt iTunes function when using Apple Lossless?
Agmaster
Agmaster
Mar 15 2011
0.9.1
4.0
Mar 15 2011
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
Normally I would have given this a full 5 stars, but since the dev seems to have stopped supporting Max I am giving it 4 stars. Every time I click on Format in the preferences it crashes.
Guest
Guest
Feb 24 2011
0.9.1
0.0
Feb 24 2011
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
after using max for a long time i switched to xld and more recently switched to both. reason is, i think xld is the best for cd rips, cuesheet support and it's lossless oriented by tmkk's own words. it just supports a few formats but it excels in what it does. it has some trouble in keeping metadata in transcoded audio. max, on the other hand, excels in audio converting capabilities for the average user. it supports m4a and mpc, among many others and really doesn't care if you're encoding from lossy to lossy and not following the audiophile commandments (i may have to encode from ogg to mp3 just because my fellow windows user friend doesn't have a clue what ogg is and can't play it anyway). i want to use just one of them but i can't. it's ok. they're both the best.
Julsa1
Julsa1
Dec 28 2010
0.9.1
2.0
Dec 28 2010
2.0
Version: 0.9.1
There,s a nasty bug since the lastest version of Snow Leopard. Since the software isn't updated in a long time the number of bugs are growing. I know it's free software but some maintenance once in a while would be nice. I made a switch to the X Lossless Decoder after using Max for a long time. Too much bugs nowadays
bowlerboy-jmb
bowlerboy-jmb
Dec 4 2010
0.9.1
5.0
Dec 4 2010
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Running Leopard 10.5.8 on a PowerMac G4, I did a comparison between the free Open Source Max application and the basic (free) version of NCH Software Switch audio converter tool. Each app had to convert a folder of 12 AIFF files amounting to 765 MB. Max took a little over 8 minutes to convert the AIFF files to mp3, using its built-in LAME Encoder; Switch took nearly 20 minutes to do the same job. In addition to being more than twice as fast, Max has a more elegant interface and offers more features than Switch.
Agmaster
Agmaster
Nov 16 2010
0.9.1
4.0
Nov 16 2010
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
It randomly crashes when browsing the preferences in 10.6.5
Agmaster
Agmaster
Aug 20 2010
0.9.1
4.0
Aug 20 2010
4.0
Version: 0.9.1
Great application! I tried out that X-Lossless program and I have to say I prefer the layout and design of Max. I just hope the dev is supporting this great app of his.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Aug 15 2010
0.9.1
3.0
Aug 15 2010
3.0
Version: 0.9.1
I don't see what all the flap is about. Used it once along the way for something and it seemed nice enough so I looked it up again. I'm trying to rip CD's to FLAC and MP3. Multiple snags and weird procedures are cropping up. After the first disc, it doesn't necessarily recognize when another is inserted. The MusicBrainz querry is very slow and returns nothing, even though i verified my account settings, etc. No artwork showed up from Amazon though they had the discs. "Open" obviously doesn't refer to CD's. I can drag them into the converter window but that's entirely separate from the one inserting a DVD usually brings up which is confusing. Max has too many windows for everything in general. I feel like I'm using windoze or OS 8. Lest somebody say RTFM, It's out of date and incomplete while a large part of the chit-chat on the forum is pre-2010 and talking about earlier versions. Meanwhile the app itself has neither been updated in a year nor reached version 1.0. Good for doing some things. Awful for others.
Tachyonflare
Tachyonflare
Aug 15 2010
0.9.1
5.0
Aug 15 2010
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Flawless utility, I convert quite a number of FLAC files to Apple Lossless Format, it works beautifully.
markrf
markrf
Jul 4 2010
0.9.1
0.0
Jul 4 2010
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Developer's site is now gone.
Sw-tester
Sw-tester
Jun 29 2010
0.9.1
0.0
Jun 29 2010
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
please more applescript support. would like to use hazel (with applescript) and max together.
Me26
Me26
Feb 23 2010
0.9.1
5.0
Feb 23 2010
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
I love this app. Who cares if it has so many windows, it serves it's purpose.
Shooters
Shooters
Feb 15 2010
0.9.1
0.0
Feb 15 2010
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Why are there so many windows?? If this could be "fixed" I would use this for sure.
Guest
Guest
Jan 19 2010
0.9.1
0.0
Jan 19 2010
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
@dev Could you make "convert files" window resizable please.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Dec 14 2009
0.9.1
3.0
Dec 14 2009
3.0
Version: 0.9.1
All those individual windows turn me off. Unify.
taja
taja
Nov 27 2009
0.9.1
0.0
Nov 27 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Great app, but a few changes might make it better. 1) Add an option to ignore errors (e.g. iTunes file permission errors) and continue encoding. 2) Display encoding progress in the main window rather than a separate log 3) Have a way to automatically search for the album/cd artwork using the default browser and for example, discogs. Even without these features, Max together with XLD are the perfect set of music encoding tools.
Sydneymacgirl
Sydneymacgirl
Nov 7 2009
0.9.1
0.0
Nov 7 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
This is a great application! It's very easy to use, and I particularly like how it can create a named playlist in iTunes for you.
Whizbang
Whizbang
Oct 23 2009
0.9.1
0.0
Oct 23 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
RUBAIYAT, If you have you iTunes library music in say AAC but in this case want to have Apple lossless files for an archive or maybe a friend then you are faced with changing iTunes preferences, ripping the file(s). Determining which are which in your iTunes library ,both AAC and Apple lossless files are .m4a, and don't forget to change iTunes preferences back. Similar multi step clunky wastes of time processes are necessary for all other file types. Apple intended iTunes for adding music to the iTunes library and was very successful in making it unattractive to use it for utility ripping. A good solid stand alone ripper is necessary for anyone who serious about music as an avocation. I personally use XLD.
Garrett-D
Garrett-D
Oct 23 2009
0.9.1
0.0
Oct 23 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
Probably off topic a bit but I've gotten some folders with the music in .flac files for each song and a .cue file which seems to have to do with drawing some tracks closely together but maintaining a 'normal' track to track time for others. I've scoured the web looking for how to utilize the .cue file in burning audio CDs with their timing intact. Surely there is some Mac way of doing this or am I to face the wrath of my Windows friends for having to get them to do it for me?
Rubaiyat
Rubaiyat
Oct 17 2009
0.9.1
0.0
Oct 17 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
If all you are doing is ripping CDs why not just use iTunes? iTunes does an excellent job and has all the other tools for tagging files etc built in.
Jorgehp
Jorgehp
Aug 31 2009
0.9.1
0.0
Aug 31 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9.1
When I activate the iTunes' Sound Check feature it says that Max's encoded songs have a lower volume (negligible I admit) than those encoded with iTunes, why is that?
Mitch-de
Mitch-de
Aug 31 2009
0.9.1
5.0
Aug 31 2009
5.0
Version: 0.9.1
Fast, solid - i only use that tool ! Tried other free+ shareware but none had allinone functions of Max. Thanks for updating Max !
Tlance
Tlance
Aug 30 2009
0.9
0.0
Aug 30 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9
You people don't know about XLD?
nymphe
nymphe
Aug 29 2009
0.9
0.0
Aug 29 2009
0.0
Version: 0.9
I couldn't set any format at the preferences window. It doesn't show up anything at all. Is it a Snow Leopard issue?
Mrgando
Mrgando
Jul 29 2009
0.8.1
0.0
Jul 29 2009
0.0
Version: 0.8.1
This app made my day :) ( and has been doing it for a while now ) Thanks for keeping it free.
Subface
Subface
Jun 28 2009
0.8.1
5.0
Jun 28 2009
5.0
Version: 0.8.1
Works GREAT! I was bummed that AudioHub was discontinued but am very happy with this app as a replacement and can't believe it's free. The only thing I wish it did differently was ask which output format you want when you hit 'convert' instead of having it be set in the preferences, so if you want to convert 2 files and with different output formats you wouldn't have to go into the preferences in between. But considering it's free I'm totally fine doing that :)
Dom21
Dom21
Apr 8 2009
0.8.1
0.0
Apr 8 2009
0.0
Version: 0.8.1
This was recommended for converting a .wma audio file to a mp3. Forget it, don't even bother. It won't even do step 1, recognize a wma file.
smtips
smtips
Mar 24 2009
0.8.1
1.0
Mar 24 2009
1.0
Version: 0.8.1
Tried to convert to aac from flac, the files won't open in iTunes. Generic icon, they want to open in QT. iTunes won't even see them when I drag them to the window. Using 10.5.6...this used to work under 10.5.5, don't know what the difference is.
Tenkday
Tenkday
Feb 21 2009
0.8.1
5.0
Feb 21 2009
5.0
Version: 0.8.1
Awesome program to add to my arsenal. Very fast. Free. Shares a name with my cat. Thanks!
Shock-J
Shock-J
Dec 10 2008
0.8.1
3.0
Dec 10 2008
3.0
Version: 0.8.1
I really like the app and it would be my main encoder except for the one major problem... album/song tagging. The MusicBrainz DB is total garbage. It finds less than half of the CDs I want to rip. This app should either switch to Gracenote or AT LEAST check the iTunes DB to see if the album info is there. Since iTunes does use Gracenote, it almost always finds the correct album info. Max could simply use that. This has got to be an easy fix.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Nov 21 2008
0.8.1
3.0
Nov 21 2008
3.0
Version: 0.8.1
I grabbed this to use LAME to re-encode some FLAC files. It's very slick and easy to use. However, it would be nice if the documentation was up to date and more complete. Also, i was a little disappointed it didn't allow more extensive fine control over the LAME encoder settings for those wishing to use them. GUI software always seems to limit access to specific parameters, or require them to be entered command-line style which requires looking them up in arcane reference. It would be nice if an extended GUI was provided to get to ALL the LAME parameters. It's also unfortunate that MusicBrainz can't be accessed to re-tag or complete the tags of files being converted.
Jriskin
Jriskin
Nov 11 2008
0.8.1
5.0
Nov 11 2008
5.0
Version: 0.8.1
Had some .FLAC files, wanted .MP3/.M4A (aac)... Worked quickly and easily. Lots of options.
anonymous-moose-4942
anonymous-moose-4942
May 1 2008
0.8.1
5.0
May 1 2008
5.0
Version: 0.8.1
Amazing app. Lets me rip to whatever format I've ever needed, never crashed, and it's free. It finds album art, checks MusicBrainz, etc. It's no EAC, but it's by far the best option on a Mac.
Anomia
Anomia
Apr 9 2008
0.8
0.0
Apr 9 2008
0.0
Version: 0.8
XLD will still be my favourite; it does rips with no intermediary conversion. Simply the best for mac. Max has it's place however, so keep up the good work!
Guest
Guest
Apr 9 2008
0.8
0.0
Apr 9 2008
0.0
Version: 0.8
Thanks for this update. I've been waiting for this one for a LONG time! :-)
Meego
Meego
Apr 8 2008
0.8
0.0
Apr 8 2008
0.0
Version: 0.8
Yay! Leopard compatibility! I was disappointed when i switched to Leopard that Max would not work. I'm glad it's back! Best sound conversion/extracion tool available. XLD are xACT are good complements.
Guest
Guest
Mar 11 2008
0.7.1
5.0
Mar 11 2008
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
I love it, simple and fast. It converted all my windows lossless .ape files into .mp3s, I am so happy.
Guest
Guest
Jan 27 2008
0.7.1
5.0
Jan 27 2008
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
Works great on Tiger 10.4.11. Very nice, simple conversions, the sound quality is very good as well. I looked everywhere for a "Mac-like" audio converter. This application was so easy to use I had converted Ogg Vorbis files to AAC within mere moments of downloading Max. Thanks for developing this program!
Uncoy
Uncoy
Dec 26 2007
0.7.1
4.0
Dec 26 2007
4.0
Version: 0.7.1
Max is great - so many codecs - doesn't crash my computer. But the tagging is a mess in comparison to iTunes. A really pity as the author seems to be a very good coder and is extremely generous creating three high quality freeware audio applications (Play and Tags). I'd rather he charged something and finished up tagging with an option to pull in the iTunes tagging. After hunting around, I recommend anyone looking for properly tagged Lame encoded MP3's use iTunes-Lame Encoder (now on Google code and open source after Alcor also lost interest). I have also used/tested Audion (PPC only, also dead) and XLD-GUI (absolutely toxic).
Mrguy
Mrguy
Nov 22 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Nov 22 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
This is a great little app, the conversion can be beautifull. But I agree with Shock J, in that I sometimes have to type up the track info as MusicBrainz often does not have the info whereas iTunes can find it. Esp. on very recent or more obscure CDs.
Abalem-^-^
Abalem-^-^
Nov 15 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Nov 15 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
As nothing has come yet to solve the Leopard issue, try this one : http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23430/x-lossless-decoder It works very well and allow you to use all kinds of formats ! :-)
Abalem-^-^
Abalem-^-^
Nov 7 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Nov 7 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
Please !! I'm using this everyday, make it Leopard ready !! Onegaishimasu ! (Same problem as stated below...)
b-japelj
b-japelj
Nov 1 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Nov 1 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
yeah ,cant open Setup output formats in Preferences
Morpe
Morpe
Nov 1 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Nov 1 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
leopard issue, consolle output on clik to the botton "setup output format" on window file conversion. 01/11/07 04:33:29 Max[1758] *** Assertion failure in getCoreAudioFileDataFormats(), /tmp/Max-0.7.1/Utilities/CoreAudioUtilities.m:206 01/11/07 04:33:29 Max[1758] The call to AudioConverterSetProperty failed (!dat).
Verycarla
Verycarla
Sep 29 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Sep 29 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
Max sure doesn't like dealing with a lot of files being added at once, does it? I've had it crash on my twice when I've added more than 1,000 files (Apple Lossless & FLAC, and no, not all at once) to be converted to MP3. Not only that, but it seems to struggle when I try to add more than one album at a time, spinning up the fans and dragging the whole system down into the mud. There are some performance issues here which while atypical are nevertheless serious. The obvious workaround is to simply convert files in smaller batches, and that's what I'm doing, but I hope this issue receives some attention in future releases. Max is an amazingly useful tool and is something I've come to rely on. I want it to be the best, most useful tool it can be, and I expect that I'm not alone in that sentiment. Fixing this will elevate Max. As I typed this, Max gagged and crashed when I tried to go beyond 1,277 tracks. Because of its extreme slowness, I have to add one album at a time, and it takes a LOOOOONG time to reach that count. *sigh*
Verycarla
Verycarla
Aug 10 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Aug 10 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
I agree with the last comment - Max should check the local iTunes database first, then go online for information. In almost every case, iTunes I think the only other changes I would make would be a better tag editor (it rarely passes tags I've changed to iTunes - it's possible I'm doing something wrong, but the tag editor is kinda clunky and could stand to be replaced anyway) and the ability to specify a LAME encoder string instead of fiddling with popups and sliders.
Shock-J
Shock-J
Apr 25 2007
0.7.1
3.0
Apr 25 2007
3.0
Version: 0.7.1
I like Max but it's got one quirk. First, to FREEBSD who said, "Track lookup database that has been better than that employed by iTunes." Is that a joke? MusicBrainz sucks. 70% of the time it pulls the wrong CD information and I have to re-enter it manually. What it SHOULD do is check your iTunes db FIRST to see if the track info already exists locally, THEN do an internet search if it doesn't. Every CD I rip has already been looked up in iTunes (which almost always pulls the correct info from Gracenote). Max is flawed in this one area.
MacParc
MacParc
Apr 18 2007
0.7.1
5.0
Apr 18 2007
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
Just great! Christian (macparc.ch)
Freebsd
Freebsd
Apr 15 2007
0.7.1
5.0
Apr 15 2007
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
THE Lossless audio CD transferring solution for Mac. Best features include: -Track lookup database that has been better than that employed by iTunes -Multiple tasks takes advantage of multiple processor systems pretty efficiently -Incredibly easy to use FLAC support is great. Combine with VLC to create a great audio solution.
Daniel-d
Daniel-d
Mar 24 2007
0.7.1
5.0
Mar 24 2007
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
Regarding my earlier review about Max not encoding in VBR -- I had the settings wrong. Mea culpa. Max is cool. I'm leaving now.
Daniel-d
Daniel-d
Feb 14 2007
0.7.1
5.0
Feb 14 2007
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
Easy to use, comprehensive list of encoding options. However, I found that VBR encoding for MP3 and Ogg Vorbis did not work. Different tracks brought back identical bit rates.
jcraig
jcraig
Jan 20 2007
0.7.1
5.0
Jan 20 2007
5.0
Version: 0.7.1
Indispensable when you need to rip in other formats, or just don't feel like awakening the beast that is iTunes. Fast, accurate, well organized program that's simple to use, yet extremely powerful.
Mathias
Mathias
Jan 20 2007
0.7.1
0.0
Jan 20 2007
0.0
Version: 0.7.1
The.best.audio.converter.for.the.Mac.out.there. Long live LAME & FLAC
Aikousha
Aikousha
Dec 13 2006
0.6.1
0.0
Dec 13 2006
0.0
Version: 0.6.1
Sorry, Wavpack unpacking does not work. This is a repeatable bug. No matter the .wv input, no matter what output file type or settings. Result is always the same -- horribly buzzy and hashed sound. The output is barely recognizable. Waveform output shows the main reason -- at very rapid frequency, the waveform zeros out, then returns. Hope this gets ironed out soon... It's a nice little app.
Sw-tester
Sw-tester
Dec 3 2006
0.6.1
0.0
Dec 3 2006
0.0
Version: 0.6.1
great program. only one problem with v0.6.1 if you create AAC or ALAC files, they will not run on certain ipods and you can NOT share through iTunes over the network. they play fine in iTunes, just no sharing. it it not the fault of the developer, just the way iTunes handles the files. hopefully a fix will come soon.
Aikousha
Aikousha
Oct 9 2006
0.6.1
0.0
Oct 9 2006
0.0
Version: 0.6.1
Can this program open Wavpack files and allow them to be saved as AIFF, AAC, MP3, or preferably ALAC or FLAC?
Inik
Inik
Oct 4 2006
0.6.1
4.5
Oct 4 2006
4.5
Version: 0.6.1
Great programming for ripping audio and converting between formats. A must-have for anyone who's exploring new music and running into open source formats like FLAC and Ogg. Makes it easy to convert large numbers of audio files from one format to another, and it preserves tags during file conversions as well (provided metadata can be embedded in both the source and destination formats). Interface needs a bit of work, but the author is working on it. Current version has problems converting 24 bit FLAC files and, again, the author's working on it.
Supertheman
Supertheman
Sep 28 2006
0.6.1
4.5
Sep 28 2006
4.5
Version: 0.6.1
Why this program is EXCELLENT! 1) It uses the best codec's for encoding/converting: LAME, Flac, Libsndfile, etc.. 2) The interface is not *perfect*, but the Preferences pane is VERY easy to understand and VERY full-featured. All that is lacking is a common conversion pane that has tabs for converting or encoding, and so on. It just needs a bit of consolidating. 3) Very efficient usage of computer resources (I checked it all throughout various encoding/converting activities). 4) Superb progress indicators (percentage-based) which are constantly updated. 5) Nice little iTunes integration (adds tunes when done) 6) GREAT meta-tagging and album artwork lookup via the Internet (which even accommodates proxy connections). 7) 36 Output options! Thirty-six! 8) Great balance between "dummy" operation (for those who just want to tick one box and let it choose all the settings) and options for power-users who want to tweak many settings. 8) IT IS NEEDED - there aren't a bunch of programs just like this, it is unique and BLISSFULLY Mac-like and easy-to-use. No one but Unix geeks want to use the Terminal to convert MP3 files! 9) IT IS FREE!!! Developers are you PAYING ATTENTION?!?! In a veritable SEA of mediocre or useless shareware, which is often chock full of well-functioning "nag" features, but poorly realized REAL features, this program WORKS and works WELL and is FREE! I'm sure we all understand that not everyone can offer the fruits of their labor free, but MANY shareware developers should take a very close and lengthy look at this to see what a program worth a shareware fee looks like. Try this in the future… get it running correctly as freeware, THEN convert to shareware at the next major update. People will be hooked by a *working* program and willing to pay the fee. STOP demanding payment for wares that DON'T WORK or are so buggy as to be unusable. I cannot say enough good things about this product and it's creator. This is what Mac Freeware SHOULD be about, and is a shining example of how well a program should be running BEFORE asking for any money. Thanks so much for this great little program, which: does what it supposed to, does it well, does what others don't and doesn't charge an arm and a leg to do it. When/if you ever do upgrade this to shareware, I will be the first to write a check. Kudos to you sir, well done!
Aquax
Aquax
Aug 24 2006
0.6.1
4.5
Aug 24 2006
4.5
Version: 0.6.1
Works wonderfully on my MBP 1.83GHz. Set presets for audiobooks and music easily. Interface is a bit kludgy, but certainly usable. More than enough options and settings for any purist. Only real complaint is that it's a bit daunting for a first-time user, but certainly not impossible. Can't beat the fact that it's free.
libecchio
libecchio
Apr 2 2006
0.5.6
0.0
Apr 2 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.6
Excellent - in many ways, superior to iTunes for ripping. The keyboard navigation is perfect - when dealing with Baroque music, which tends to have a lot of tracks with very similar names, it is easy to fill in dozens of tracks without effort using only the arrow keys and cut+paste. Bravo!
Kublakhan
Kublakhan
Mar 30 2006
0.5.6
0.0
Mar 30 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.6
I had a hard time finding this app but am really happy I did. This gives almost the exact same functionality as EAC. It seem that the only thing left for this program is drive reading optimizations like the ones found in EAC. I also hope that there will be better Album Art searches (so far only Amazon.com)
Micky1
Micky1
Mar 27 2006
0.5.6
0.0
Mar 27 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.6
@ the developer "Encoder" in german is exactly the same: "encoder" and not "enkoder" :) apart from that => it's an amazing app. cheers
J-w-
J-w-
Mar 26 2006
0.5.6
0.0
Mar 26 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.6
Very nice. I really would recommend changing the name though, since there's already an audio program called Max, which has been around forever.
akasrp-1
akasrp-1
Mar 26 2006
0.5.6
0.0
Mar 26 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.6
One has to wonder if the developer ever sleeps! Max just continues to get better and better. With Max (for all your encoding needs) and xAct (for fingerprinting and verification) the Mac encoding world is moving closer to the exhaulted pc-only EAC - albeit with a much slicker interface. What a surprise to see the tagger integrated so quickly! 3 cheers Mr. Booth! - please keep up the wonderful work.
Gregr
Gregr
Feb 7 2006
0.5.5
0.0
Feb 7 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.5
Is there a way to auto-add RIPped tracks to iTunes?
Morpe
Morpe
Feb 4 2006
0.5.4
0.0
Feb 4 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.4
convert a file on drag & drop on Max icon...
Engpjp
Engpjp
Jan 29 2006
0.5.4
0.0
Jan 29 2006
0.0
Version: 0.5.4
The interface is close to perfect - and the improved quality of ripped AIFF files, as compared to that delivered by iTunes, is easy to hear. Even on a lower mid-level hifi system... Please, PLEASE! include the function of converting files from one format into another (I'm thinking from FLAC/APE to AIFF, or preferably to ALAC). I'd pay for it in a New York second!!! Please... Peter J. Pedersen
F1l
F1l
Jan 20 2006
0.5.1
4.8
Jan 20 2006
4.8
Version: 0.5.1
Extremely high paced development. This has grown from a non-functional design study to one of the best dedicated cd rippers on any platform in less than three months (it's user interface is greatly designed, compare that with Exact Audio Copy on windows!). If you want the best possible quality in cd extraction on the mac you should look no further. I've been looking for years for such a tool. iTunes IS faster in that task, but it also has no good (if compared to other rippers) failure correction and detection and it's mp3 encoder is (intendidly?) worse than any other 'professional' solution out there. The second drawback can be 'fixed' by using the iTunes-LAME plugin, but it's user interface is very unmacish (after all it's only a script) and the underlying Lame engine is quite outdated (see http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=28125 ). But what am i preaching to the converted, if you were so happy with iTunes why would you browse this at all? Also, if you run over a bug, be sure to report it. I rather wouldn't rate the value of the program because even though it's free as in beer in open source a program's value is all about the community that creates it, so it's all up to you. (P.S. I admit that this was more some kind of a worshipping text than a critical in-depth review but i am truly that much amazed.)
Guest
Guest
Dec 12 2005
0.4.1
5.0
Dec 12 2005
5.0
Version: 0.4.1
at last, an easy way to rip CDs to high quality MP3s.
Aname
Aname
Dec 12 2005
0.4.1
0.0
Dec 12 2005
0.0
Version: 0.4.1
For some reason, I can't open any wav or aiff file... I want to convert them to mp3, but the files are dimmed out when I select Open. Also there is no drag-and-drop function to move sounds from the desktop to the encoder window. I'd like to request that. Otherwise, it sure looks promising. But I'd appreciate if someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong :)
Glufs1
Glufs1
Dec 7 2005
0.3.1
0.0
Dec 7 2005
0.0
Version: 0.3.1
add the aac format and this app would replace the itunes encoder
Sbb
Sbb
Dec 6 2005
0.3.1
5.0
Dec 6 2005
5.0
Version: 0.3.1
Wow this application keeps getting better... 2 days I discovered it, 2 days it's already indispensable... Hope we gonna be able to see the cdparanoia output informations... and I guess the dev will make output selection clearer... Maybe he could add the Mad lib to convert files to aif as well... then this app will be a dream come true!!! Good job!!! Can't wait to see next versions!!!
Markoh
Markoh
Dec 5 2005
0.3
0.0
Dec 5 2005
0.0
Version: 0.3
iTunes-LAME 2.0.8 (LAME v3.96.1): http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8837 and for those with a fast enough Mac: -v -V 0 -b 192 -h
Guest
Guest
Nov 20 2005
0.2
4.5
Nov 20 2005
4.5
Version: 0.2
Between 3D Studio Max and Cycling '74's Max (which is around 15 years old and also an audio-related app), the developer would be well-served to cook up a different name for this. I haven't tried this out, though. Sorry.
Guest
Guest
Nov 11 2005
0.1.3
4.5
Nov 11 2005
4.5
Version: 0.1.3
Seems to work reasonably well, although it wouldn't encode to the default directory. The encoded file sounds darned good, just as one might expect from a VBR LAME file. I might suggest offering the ability to choose from the various alt.preset options (alt.present r3mix, alt.preset standard, etc) in a future version. It would also be nice to be able to directly enter LAME options which could then be passed to the LAME executable. Despite the low version number the application performed admirably, encoding directly from the CD quickly and with a minimum of fuss. Everything appears to be very straightforward. Nothing seemed out of place or superfluous. So it's not iTunes. So what? Sometimes you just want a tool which will rip CDs. LAME beats the pants off Apple's encoder any day of the week anyway. Keep up the good work!
Guest
Guest
Nov 10 2005
0.1.2
4.5
Nov 10 2005
4.5
Version: 0.1.2
iTunes does this already. Just dig through the prefs and set it to mp3 encoding instead of the default AAC. For anyone who doesn't know.
Guest
Guest
Nov 10 2005
0.1.2
4.5
Nov 10 2005
4.5
Version: 0.1.2
xcode may need a little more help. From the console: dyld: Library not loaded: /Users/me/Development/libcddb-install/lib/libcddb.2.dylib Referenced from: /Applications/Max.app/Contents/MacOS/Max
Free
4.3
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.0 or later
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