How to play .flac files in iTunes

This tutorial will guide you in getting iTunes to play .flac files. This works for iTunes version 7.4.1 and up (and Quicktime 7.2.0) running on OS X 10.6 or earlier.

Please note: The software used in this guide hasn’t been updated in many years and does not work with modern versions of macOS. If you’re using a much older Mac, running OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or earlier, this guide will work perfectly for you. Otherwise, you’re better off just using VLC.

  1. Download and install Fluke. Fluke is actually an AppleScript, saved as an Application bundle, that includes all of the software used in the longer method
  2. Select one or more FLAC files, right-click (ctrl-click for single-button mouse folks), choose Open With and select Other….
  3. righ-click flac files and select open with then other

  4. Navigate to Fluke, select it and click Open
  5. opening flac files with fluke
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  6. A window will pop up, some text will fly by, the window will close and you’ll be presented with the option to import the “items” (flac files) into iTunes. Click Yes
  7. confirmation window on importing items to itunes

  8. And your FLAC files will be added to iTunes. That’s it – give them a play, set the tags etc. You’re done!
  9. flac files playing in itunes

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13 thoughts on “How to play .flac files in iTunes”

  1. I just did this, and I was thrilled, it worked fantastically! I had dowloaded 3 albums that were FLAC, and there were literally no other versions of those albums in existence of the internet world. I luckily stumbled upon this as a last resort, and it was a breeze to convert! THANK YOU!!!!!

  2. Works fine for me … thanks a lot!! Been trying to get this setup for ages… and Itunes read my flac tags fine also :)

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