Fluke
Fluke 0.2.5
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Listen to FLAC files in iTunes (beta).   Free
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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
  • Intel/PPC
  • 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 commented on 05 Mar 2013
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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Mikael B replied on 17 Apr 2013
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.
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Diogo Cocharro replied on 04 Nov 2013
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.
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Mikael B reviewed on 02 Mar 2013
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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boygirlnew reviewed on 18 Oct 2012
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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Mikael B reviewed on 24 Jul 2012
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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Bigrockcrib reviewed on 25 May 2012
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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Mikael B replied on 29 Jun 2012
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.
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Mikael B replied on 29 Jun 2012
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.
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Mikael B replied on 30 Jun 2012
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
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Mikael B replied on 24 Jul 2012
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!
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ragbull1979 commented on 01 Sep 2011
How can I tell I-tunes to run in 32-bit?
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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 01 Sep 2011
If you right click on iTunes and choose Get Info, there is an option to open in 32-bit mode.
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swillis11 reviewed on 25 Jul 2011
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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Mikael B replied on 24 Jul 2012
For iTunes 10.6.1 on a 64-bit Lion 10.7.4 system I just used the basic installation of iTunes.
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zitronenmelissa reviewed on 21 Jul 2011
It was a must-have for me, getting my FLAC-Collection in the iTunes Library, but it doesn´t work with Lion OS X and iTunes 10.4 : (
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swillis11 replied on 25 Jul 2011
Same for me... I would really like to have iTunes be able to play FLAC with Lion and iTunes 10.4... I think I have high expectations switching over from foobar2000 on windows.
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Echorob replied on 27 Feb 2012
Just turn your flacs into ALAC with XLD. Very quick, very easy and they will play gapless unlike fluke.
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Mikael B replied on 24 Jul 2012
Why not use iTunes 10.6.1? It works for me with this version.
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Gary_box reviewed on 09 Jan 2011
Works ok but has issues with tags.
Useful nevertheless.
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ma61 reviewed on 18 Dec 2010
Couldnt be easier. Nice job
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Mikael B had trouble on 30 Jun 2012
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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Mikael B replied on 30 Jun 2012
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
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nerdic had trouble on 24 Apr 2009
Works fine, except for flac files with their file names and tags containing non western characters like japanese. All you will see is a large amount of questionmarks.
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Jimk32 rated on 07 May 2013

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Juanita Jesudason rated on 14 Sep 2012

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Otekelioglu rated on 24 Sep 2011

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Date:29 Jul 2013
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