iSonics
iSonics 1.6.3
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Convert audio files between formats.   Shareware ($11.05)
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iSonics makes it easy to convert any audio format and CDs to all popular audio formats: MP3, MP2, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, OGG Vorbis, AC3, and WAV.

It handles metadata with ease and even enables you to change metadata, including automatically downloading cover pictures.

As a bonus you can import CDs and convert the audio tracks to any audio format, including metadata retrieved online.
What's New
Version 1.6.3:
  • Faster FLAC encoding.
  • Fixed issue reading Cue files.
  • Fixed issue reading CDs.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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piquadratpi2 reviewed on 16 Apr 2014
After I contacted the developer he immediately fixed some problems with the cue-file for flac-files. Now all works here like it should and iSonics is now my favourite in converting music files. It is very fast, stable and runs without problems on 10.9.2. And the results are great! Using the integrated metafile-editor is easy and reduces the work in iTunes for me. A big thanks again to the developer!
[Version 1.6.3]


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+663

Jazzyguy reviewed on 09 Mar 2014
Another GREAT version. This version is perfect in every way. It fills my needs for a good and efficient converter.
[Version 1.6.1]


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BigJohnson commented on 08 Feb 2014
Needs improvement, especially more options.

There is no option to set the compression level for FLAC, and that's a huge problem for me, since I always choose level 8 for smallest file size.

I also don't like the selections for choosing the file output location and format: When I set it to "convert to same folder as source," it does not do this properly - it SHOULD place the output files in the source folder, but instead it creates a new folder with the artist's name in the source folder, then a subfolder with the album name, and then finally the output files are placed in that folder.

It's impossible to name tracks as I usually do with other apps: I want the track number followed by a period and a space, then the track name, like this:
1. Name

The closest I can get is one of these formats:
1-Name
1 - Name

This means I must waste time renaming every track after conversion.

Tracks cannot be added via the context menu. With other apps, I can select some tracks, then right click and choose to open with the app. But nothing happens when I choose to open with iSonics.
Therefore I'm forced to either drag files into iSonics, or use the Add button.


On a positive note, I have a bunch of wma files that XLD and Switch were both unable to convert (Switch's support confirmed there is a bug), but iSonics was able to successfully convert, although not without problems: After successfully converting one or two wma files, I'd delete them from iSonics and drag one or both into iSonics again to test another conversion, but several times I received an error message:
"An exception of class NilObjectException was not handled. The application must shut down."
After re-opening iSonics, I was able to add the files and covert, but then it happened again shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, I don't know what level of FLAC they were converted to.

There is also no help file or tooltips, and those would be very helpful because this app has options I haven't seen before, such as FLAC options "LPC algorithm" and "search method."
Although there's no explanation for how the Merge feature is supposed to work, it was easy to figure out, and worked flawlessly on the two wma files I merged to one FLAC file as a test.
[Version 1.5.3]


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+63

Bleech_Jef reviewed on 07 Feb 2014
Easy to use and fast converting (uses all available CPU cores when selected in the preferences).
Though I only use this for FLAC to AAC it can handle most popular formats too.
[Version 1.5.3]


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+1

-7

Macs007 reviewed on 12 May 2013
Awesome converter with a nice GUI. I use it mainly for making opus files something iTunes does not.

Recommended
[Version 1.4.3]


burypromote
-5

+196
GeoProf commented on 11 May 2013
Nice, but it doesn’t handle CUE files and is not free, like MediaHuman Audio Converter does/is. I wish I’d know about that before I bought iSonics.
[Version 1.4.3]

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Old_guy replied on 12 May 2013
Isonics handles cue files just fine. I use this daily to encode flac with cue files.
burypromote
+1

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Macs007 replied on 12 May 2013
Yep, CUE files are supported. Works too with APE files. Simply drag the audio file into Isonics and it asks if it needs to use the associated cue file.
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+196
GeoProf replied on 12 May 2013
Hmmm, not sure why it won’t work for me. I tried it both ways 3 different times with 3 different albums — dragging only the .ape file into iSonics 1.4.3 and then clicking Convert, and dragging in both the .ape and .cue files (which were the only files in their respective album folders, and only the .ape file appeared in the iSonics window) then clicking Convert — and in each case iSonics never asked me if I wanted to apply the associated .cue file to split the .ape into its individual tracks. It worked fine in MediaHuman though.

I have a well-maintained Mid-2012 2.9 GHz 13” MacBook Pro running OS 10.8.3.

BTW, It’d be great if the next version included some way to remove unconverted files if, for instance, I accidentally added the wrong file and want to remove it in order to add the correct one. Currently, only files that that have already been converted can be removed (using the ‘Remove All Converted Items’ command under the gear icon).
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Old_guy replied on 13 May 2013
Did you take time to send the coder a mail about this? Maybe he can help you.
Anyhow, .cue files are working for me fine.
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Bigjoeh reviewed on 25 Apr 2013
I want to buy this but it tells me I don't have permission to write to my new hard drive. I have no problem reading from or copying to it in finder.
[Version 1.4.3]


burypromote
+4

+663

Jazzyguy reviewed on 13 Apr 2013
This app is great in every way!
[Version 1.4.3]


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+196
GeoProf commented on 18 Mar 2013
Version 1.4.2 is available from the developer’s website (http://www.osxbytes.com/page4/index.html?forcedownload). Don’t know why it hasn’t yet been updated here.
[Version 1.4.1]


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GeoProf reviewed on 16 Mar 2013
Very nice indeed. I’ve been using the great, free XLD for years, but I never liked its lack of an interface, and its preferences were complicated and unexplained (since it had no Help). iSonics too seems to lack Help, but everything is quite self-explanatory so it’s not missed. It converts faster than XLD too. Though it costs $10, I consider that fair — any more and I’d probably stick with XLD. It could stand the addition of a Clear All button to make it easier to removed finished tracks and add new ones, but overall, it’s a very good app.
[Version 1.4.1]

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+196
GeoProf replied on 16 Mar 2013
Having just sung its praises, here’s a critical comment. I just used iSonics 1.4.1 to convert Yes - Big Generator from FLAC to Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), and though it converted all the songs with no problem, for some reason it added all but the 7th track to my iTunes Library. I have no idea why it failed to add “I’m Running."
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GeoProf replied on 16 Mar 2013
Well, it wasn’t a one-off problem, as it happened again and again while I was converting the Yes discography from FLAC to ALAC — iSonics repeatedly failed to add all the songs on an album to the iTunes library. Worse, it failed to convert one track, even on repeated attempts. I had to resort to the trusty XLD to get the job done, which had no problems with the files iSonics gagged on.

Shame. Paid for apps shouldn’t have such reliability issues.
burypromote

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Osxbytes Dev replied on 16 Mar 2013
Please send a mail to info@osxbytes.com so we take a look at it.
burypromote
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Osxbytes Dev replied on 17 Mar 2013
@GeoProf
Didn't received a mail from you but I did found an issue with sending certain files to iTunes. This is now fixed in 1.4.2
burypromote

+196
GeoProf replied on 17 Mar 2013
Thanks, Osxbytes Dev. I appreciate your quick attention to the problem I described above. I just downloaded v. 1.4.2 from your website (since this thread still only lists v. 1.4.1). Once I get around to testing it, I'll post my evaluation here.
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+196
GeoProf replied on 13 Apr 2013
Works fine now. A more pleasant-to-use replacement for XLD/xACT/Max — not as competent or feature-laden (so I wouldn’t pay any more than $10 for it), but fine for most of my needs.
burypromote

+9
Davedgd had trouble on 01 Nov 2012
The current .dmg file seems to be corrupt. It won't mount, and even when manually extracted the file included (not an app, despite renaming) won't run.
[Version 0.9.10]



ACPDirecteAlGra2047 rated on 21 Dec 2013

[Version 1.5.3]



+153

Old_guy rated on 21 Jan 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



TShan rated on 20 Jan 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



+80

piquadratpi2 rated on 01 Jan 2013

[Version 1.0.5]



+47

Shallowp rated on 15 Dec 2012

[Version 1.0.3]



+80

piquadratpi2 rated on 13 Dec 2012

[Version 1.0.3]



+2

RONIN427 rated on 11 Dec 2012

[Version 1.0.2]



+49

DJSquint rated on 08 Dec 2012

[Version 1.0.1]



+3

Octbit rated on 12 Oct 2012

[Version 0.9.3]


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Date:15 Apr 2014
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iSonics makes it easy to convert any audio format and CDs to all popular audio formats: MP3, MP2, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, OGG Vorbis, AC3, and WAV.

It handles metadata with ease and even enables you to change metadata, including automatically downloading cover pictures.

As a bonus you can import CDs and convert the audio tracks to any audio format, including metadata retrieved online.


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