X Lossless Decoder
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X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is a tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding.

XLD supports the following formats:
  • (Ogg) FLAC (.flac/.ogg)
  • Monkey's Audio (.ape)
  • Wavpack (.wv)
  • TTA (.tta)
  • Apple Lossless (.m4a) [10.4 and later]
  • TAK (.tak) [Requires Wine]
  • Shorten (.shn) [SHN v3 only]
  • AIFF, WAV, etc
Other formats supported by Libsndfile are also decodable. XLD uses not decoder frontend
What's New
Version 20131102:
  • Added support for decoding FLAC files whose total length is unknown
  • Added support for loading .ccd audio disc images
  • Added option to suppress ripping autostart when metadata is empty
  • Drag & Drop a folder with Command key pressed now forces XLD oepn the folder as a disc
  • Fixed a problem that CLI version was not running under OSX 10.9 Mavericks
  • Fixed a problem that caused a problem when opening a disc on some environments
  • Fixed a problem that .sd2f file couldn't be opened on Recent OSX (10.7 or later?)
  • Updated WavPack to version 4.70.0
Version 20131102:
  • Added support for decoding FLAC files whose total length is unknown
  • Added support for loading .ccd audio disc images
  • Added option to suppress ripping autostart when metadata is empty
  • Drag & Drop a folder with Command key pressed now forces XLD oepn the folder as a disc
  • Fixed a problem that CLI version was not running under OSX 10.9 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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freekzak reviewed on 22 Mar 2014
I downloaded because it is the only app that can split mp3 files (or flac,ape etc) with cue info files.

Tested it on Mavericks 10.9.2 to split an mp3 with its cue file.

fast conversion with good results (cbr @320)

On the "Ease of Use" I gave it 4,5 start because there is no app interface when you first open the app and the only thing you have to start your work is the choices from the menu bar.

cheers !
[Version 20131102]


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Martinbriley reviewed on 29 Nov 2013
Creates corrupt rips from perfectly unblemished discs that other apps read perfectly. The resulting files have skips and small segments repeated. Yet another disc may rip fine.

The UI is a bit clunky, because you can't edit title & artist within the track list; you have to pull up a separate metadata-editing dialog. There's also no evident way to deselect all tracks (they're all selected by default); the non-evident way is to click on the "checkmark" column header.
[Version 20131102]


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Aargl commented on 24 Nov 2013
I once noticed a little bug and I've just checked the last version, it's still there: when converting mp3 from one resolution to another it loses tags but not with all mp3s:
- on a 192Kbps ID3v2.3.0 it's ok
- on a 320Kbps ID3v2.4.0 it's not.
I've tried changing that last file to 2.3.0 before converting, same result.
(ok, someone might say it's not good to do this, but if someone wants to do it... ;-).
[Version 20131102]

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Aargl replied on 24 Nov 2013
Damned! I've checked "Troubleshooting", I swear! ;-)
Now that I'm in the "Reviews" section, I have to add that XLD is still my favourite audio converter! :-D
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Rubaiyat reviewed on 29 Oct 2013
Great App, does what it supposed to do.

Lately, I don't get the window where I queue the files for conversion, or I do but can't drag anything to it. Instead I have to right click on the files > Open with XLD.

The other long standing niggling issue is that there always appear to be multiple copies on my Mac. Not sure where it is finding what, which makes it a toss up what to trash.
[Version 20130720]

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Mikael B replied on 14 Dec 2013
You know of Spotlight search, right? Took me 2 seconds to find all versions on my 1TB drive. Select all in results window, show info and trash the older versions.
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Rubaiyat replied on 15 Dec 2013
Of course I do, but that isn't what I was talking about. I find the ones I can but there always seems to be one more.
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 11 Aug 2013
Doesn't seem to be able to id3 tags after already ripped an want to edit.
It would be nice to be able to publish the cddb data after adding an unknown disc.
[Version 20130720]


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dBsound reviewed on 20 Jul 2013
This is an amazing app; fast, lightweight, agile. It is the audio version of a Swiss Army Knife; it can take almost any format and magically make it some other format. Best of all, it can read the metadata in a .BWF file and write it into an .MP3 tag. This is great for any sound file that is professionally recorded that needs to be sent to a transcriber as an mp3... It is the bomb of all transcoders and the developer is responsive to comments and interested in creating great programs with low overhead. Thanks for this!
[Version 20130720]


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+6

Timbuk2 reviewed on 20 Jul 2013
Wonderful app, wonderful results!!!
[Version 20130720]


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A.ep reviewed on 20 Jul 2013
Simply the best of it's kind. Thank you for your wonderful work and those continuing updates and improvements over time. What a great job for such an essential tool for me !
[Version 20130720]


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+1

Roburt reviewed on 02 Jun 2013
This is the best app of it's kind. Easy to use and excellent results.
[Version 20130602]


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Mdewakanton commented on 02 Jun 2013
Actually version 20130602 is already available through autoupdate:

- Fixed a crash when reading some FLAC files
[Version 20130601]


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Jozgta had trouble on 19 Jan 2014
It converted a couple of audio files for me, but then stopped and hasn't worked since. When opening files to transcode, it just sits there (hangs) and nothing happens...
Sounds similar to what Martinbriley reported. I'm on Mavericks.
[Version 20131102]


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Drsfg had trouble on 27 Jan 2013
FYI, get an error "improperly signed" trying to update within the program.
[Version 20130127]


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Unicorn had trouble on 16 Oct 2012
Is there a clear guide for how to decode TAK with xld and wine?
[Version 20121013]


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Unicorn had trouble on 01 Oct 2012
Could there be some better support for TAK files? Sometimes there will be an embeded CUE file and XLD won't read that. Most of the time I have problems converting TAK too.
It would also be nice to put some space between "convert" and "get metadata". Sometimes I'll accidentally hit "get metadata" after tagging and i have to do it all over again.
[Version 20120908]

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Fromage-Head replied on 14 Oct 2012
For your second point : Just a right click on the toolbar and you'll be able to customize it.
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Machobbes had trouble on 22 Sep 2012
I use and like Xld a lot, the conversions are very fast and flawless.

However ... one thing bugs me a lot, and I can not figure it out. Initially, after converting the first tracks, Xld takes an extremely long time - in the range of minutes sometimes - to add these tracks to the iTunes library. Later on, this process is much faster.

I have no idea what is going on here.
[Version 20120908]


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Crikey had trouble on 18 Jul 2012
After using XLD for more than a year it will now only load one track at a time.
Does anyone know if this is a settings problem?
[Version 20120609]


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Dmu had trouble on 05 Jul 2012
Ummm. I have m4a files that are audio exported directly from Quicktime itself. In other words, the most common, prevalent, default format for the Mac – and XLD, the Mac audio converter, cannot recognize the format. That seems to me one of the most inexplicable things I can imagine.
[Version 20120609]


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ReelDeal had trouble on 29 Dec 2011
I just downloaded this software. This is the first time I've needed to rips CDs to flac since switching from PC to Mac. The problem I'm having is that no information comes up for the CD I'm attempting to rip. (It is Trace Adkins' Greatest Hits, so nothing obscure.) It just says "Audio CD". In my zeal to avoid using ITunes, I must have disabled some setting that gives information. Can anyone help my out? ... Thanks!
[Version 20111214]


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smallpoxxx had trouble on 28 Nov 2011
Sorry, did put this wrong twice (Reviews and comments), but
i still need an answer....

must do something totally wrong ?
Ok, Mac is quite new to me, but has this problem - unpacked and copied XLD.app to Applications.... The only thing i`m able to perform, is dragging a file to the XLD-icon, and the file is put to Flac in a desired folder !
I do see no pane for diff. choices, no windows, no nothing else than this icon to drop a file upon ????
Tried to uninstall/install once again, same result - any hints ?
Tried to unzip with an other unzip-app, nothing has helped so far ?
[Version 20111113]
[Version 20111113]

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BonoF1772 replied on 07 Jan 2014
Same issue but no fix posted
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sewolawen73 had trouble on 26 Sep 2011
Just upgraded to this latest version 2011-09-24 and for some reason it keeps stalling and freezing. I'm using Mac 10.4 and it's never given me problems before when upgrading. Anyone else have this problem right now?
[Version 20110924]



Etiennedev rated on 24 Mar 2014

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Macbond rated on 26 Jan 2014

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Widber rated on 10 Jan 2014

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ErvinsS rated on 03 Nov 2013

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RONIN427 rated on 02 Nov 2013

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Alex8602 rated on 02 Nov 2013

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X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is a tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding.

XLD supports the following formats:
  • (Ogg) FLAC (.flac/.ogg)
  • Monkey's Audio (.ape)
  • Wavpack (.wv)
  • TTA (.tta)
  • Apple Lossless (.m4a) [10.4 and later]
  • TAK (.tak) [Requires Wine]
  • Shorten (.shn) [SHN v3 only]
  • AIFF, WAV, etc
Other formats supported by Libsndfile are also decodable. XLD uses not decoder frontend but library to decode, so no intermediate files are generated. All of the supported formats can be directly split with the cue sheet. XLD also supports so-called 'embedded' or 'internal' cue sheet.

Currently you can choose output format from WAVE,AIFF and Raw PCM. In addition, you can choose Ogg Vorbis (aoTuV), MPEG-4 AAC (QuickTime/CoreAudio), MP3 (LAME), Apple Lossless and FLAC in the GUI version.


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