How to play FLAC music files on your iPhone or iPad

Apple iPhone is a great mobile device you can get right now. iPhone has changed so much since the day one with the introduction of OLED display, aluminum design, and dual-camera setup. Starting with iPhone 7, Apple officially includes the stereo speaker system with its iPhone models, thus delivering a powerful, immersive audio experience.

In reality, Apple iPhone serves as a perfect tool for playing your favorite music. You can upload your music to your iTunes music library or purchase the new releases from artists. However, one major drawback is that your iPhone can play certain audio formats. If you want to play FLAC music files on your iOS device, then you need some help.

Apple iPhone won’t accept FLAC files, which is a little bit disappointing. Therefore, to play FLAC music file on your iPhone, then you need to convert to Apple’s default audio format called ALAC. For some background, ALAC stands for Apple Lossless Audio Files and serves as Apple’s own audio file. All iOS devices can play ALAC files but include support for a limited number of third-party formats.

In this guide, we are going to walk you through the steps on how to play FLAC files on your iPhone. Before we proceed, there are a couple of things you need to know about FLAC files. Besides, you need a modern version of iOS on your iPhone.

  1. First, what are FLAC files?

FLAC is one of the most popular formats on the market. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is supported by a wide range of music players out there. The format is a high-resolution audio file, but it remains unknown why Apple does not support the FLAC format.

Sources say that Apple has been working on adding FLAC format to its iPhone models. However, sources have not specified the release date. The quality of FLAC files heavily depends on your device’s internal components. According to tech experts, iPhone’s internal hardware won’t match with FLAC files, so your iPhones cannot play them.

If you now own a number of FLAC music files, you need to convert them to Apple’s own ALAC format. To do this, you need a helping hand. In reality, there is a barrage of third-party apps or programs that help you quickly convert your FLAC files to ALAC format.

  1. Any Audio Converter

Any Audio Converter is one of the most used converters out there. As the name suggests, the program allows you to convert any formats to ALAC files. However, Any Audio Converter is only available for PC owners. Sources claim that the company has been working on a Mac version of Any Audio Converter, but it remains unclear when we are seeing it.

The coolest part is that Any Audio Converter includes a step-by-step guide for completing the conversion. One major drawback is that the app includes annoying pop-up ads and there is no option to get a premium version. Any Audio Converter is completely free.

  1. dBPowerAmp

If you are looking for a converter app with advanced features, then dBPowerAmp should be your choice. In reality, dBPowerAmp is one of the best converters on the market, with more than 30 million users.

The program supports a wide range of file conversions, allowing you to quickly switch to a new format. The program is compatible with any PC and Mac, but it is not free out there. You can buy the program for $39 for a single Mac or PC. If you choose to go for a Family subscription, then you are looking at $68.  BPowerAmp offers a three-week free trial, giving you a taste of the program before buying it.

  1. Mediahuman

If you are not willing to pay some cash, then you can try Mediahuman. Basically, Mediahuman is a free music converter for both Mac and PC. As the name suggests, the app allows you to convert your FLAC files to ALAC format so you can incorporate them into your iOS music library.

Mediahuman is completely free and you simply need to download it to your PC. Once you are done, open the app and select “ALAC” from the drop-down menu. From here, drag and drop your FLAC files into the app and proceeding with clicking on the Convert button. Mediahuman supports all Mac running macOS 10.6 or later and Windows XP or higher.

Also read: The best Apple iPads you can buy right now

These are 4 best third-party audio converters for Mac and PC. If you have got a favorite, don’t forget to let us know in the comments below.

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