Convert FLAC to AAC (.m4a)

If you ever needed to convert FLAC to AAC then all you need is a little FREE program called xACT.

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit. It is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), monkey’s audio compressor (3.99), flac (1.2.1), wavpack (4.60.1), TTA (3.4.1) , cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support) and dvda-author (v09.05). It also uses sox ( 14.3.1), LAME 3.98.4, AtomicParsley 0.9.0, TagLib and mp4v2. It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.”

  • Launch xACT
  • Click the decode tab
  • Drag and drop all FLAC files into the application
  • Click decode button
  • Launch iTunes
  • Drag and drop the decoded AIFF files into iTunes
  • Highlight all AIFF files, Right-click and choose Create AAC Version
  • Delete AIFF files from iTunes

Download:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14246/xact

iPod Smart Playlist

Have you ever wanted to listen to those new songs that you just added to your music iPod library, but are having a hard time locating them within your huge collection of music? Here’s a quick tutorial of how to create what is called a Smart Playlist.

The below instructions will create a Playlist of music that you’ve added within the last month, and will automatically update itself the next time you plug your device in to your computer. This is just one example of many possible Smart Playlist combination’s.

Step 1)
Plug in your iPhone/iTouch/iPod.

Step 2)
Launch iTunes (unless it auto starts at plugin).

Step 3)

Select and highlight your iPhone/iTouch within iTunes in the left pannel under devices.

Step 4)
Click “File” —> “New Smart Playlist”

Step 5)
Configure your options.
– Date Added —> is in the last —> 1 Months
– Click the + button to add another rule
– Media Kind —> is —> Music
Press “OK”

Name your newly created Playlist. I named my Playlist “Recently Added”.

Enjoy!
Note: if you use syncing as a way to add music to your device (everything will be greyed out), and not manually managing your music like I do, create a Smart Playlist within your iTunes library and sync it.

Have you ever wanted to listen to those new songs that you just added to your music iPod library, but are having a hard time locating them within your huge collection of music? Here’s a quick tutorial of how to create what is called a Smart Playlist.

The below instructions will create a Playlist of music that you’ve added within the last month, and will automatically update itself the next time you plug your device in to your computer. This is just one example of many possible Smart Playlist combination’s.

Step 1)
Plug in your iPhone/iTouch/iPod.

Step 2)
Launch iTunes (unless it auto starts at plugin).

Step 3)
Select and highlight your iPhone/iTouch within iTunes in the left pannel under devices.