X Lossless Decoder for Mac

X Lossless Decoder for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 20 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
20131102
File Size:
6.68MB
Date Added:
November 02, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.3/10.3.9/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
73,826
Downloads Last Week:
251
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

X Lossless Decoder for Mac plays and converts from and to a wide variety of music file formats. The program is fast and features an intuitive interface suitable for audiophiles and users comfortable working with audio files.

Installation of X Lossless Decoder for Mac was nonexistent, with the mounted DMG containing the application, a README file, and a clickable icon to launch a command line interface. The README file gave a limited and brief overview of tasks the application could perform. Launching the application opens only a preferences panel, which we used to configure our output audio type and folder location for converted files. Strangely, the default output audio was the antiquated AIFF, presumably for alphabetical reasons. We switched it to MP3 at a high quality 320KPBS bit rate. We had a folder of music compressed in lossless FLAC format, which we tried to listen to with the included audio player. While the audio player had standard Play/Stop/Next Track/Previous Track controls, only one track at a time could be opened, rendering some buttons useless. We could load the whole folder into the conversion tool by dragging and dropping it onto the program's icon. During testing, the program showed impressive performance, converting an entire album to MP3 format in under a minute.

X Lossless Decoder for Mac performs its main function quickly and is suitable for audio and music enthusiasts who understand various audio codecs and don't need instruction on how to deal with them.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Ronseal of Mac audio converters"

    September 19, 2013   |   By michael kaldezar

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20130720

    Pros

    It's fast.....very fast!

    Cons

    Requires an IQ above 100?

    Summary

    It does what it says on the tin! Easily the best converter for macs

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  • 5 stars

    "The best software for lossless to lossless conversion"

    June 10, 2013   |   By m4ch4x0r

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20130602

    Pros

    Reads pretty much any lossless format and outputs pretty much any lossless audio format.

    Cons

    It's not pretty, but who cares.

    Summary

    If you have a bunch of FLAC you want to play on your iPhone, use this to convert it to ALAC.

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  • 4 stars

    "Wery useful programm."

    September 12, 2011   |   By Naciketas

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20110821

    Pros

    A lot of useful audio formats. Exellent work with iTunes.

    Cons

    Problems with burning CD. (I didn't understand reasons yet).

    Summary

    The result - valuable records in my iTunes now.
    My gratitude to the creators of the XLD.

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  • 5 stars

    "excellent ripper !!!"

    September 06, 2011

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20110821

    Pros

    very convenient & easy to use CD ripper

    Cons

    does not find all the art work ( like in MAX, or in the Windows based dBpower & EAC !! ) but not an issue .. as it doesn't affect the sound quality..

    Summary

    a ripper easy to use, frequently updated .... ripper !!! best way to rip in multiple formats ...

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  • 5 stars

    "simple + fast = top marks"

    July 27, 2011   |   By mikaul

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20110703

    Pros

    really quick, no-clutter interface, does all you want and more

    Cons

    documentation could be a bit better; if you're not tech savvy you might be lost at first

    Summary

    Uses all 4 of my quad cores to convert super-quick and does loads more besides. Who needs a GUI when you have this sort of efficiency? Properly excellent.

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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent Ripper for MAC"

    May 14, 2011

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20110508

    Pros

    pre gap detection, measure drive cache ability, multiple output formats.

    Cons

    album art work not as good as MAX, EAC, dBpower

    Summary

    the closest to EAC for a MAC !!! as far as ripping is concerned .. have not done much CONVERTING !!! A Double Thumbs Up !!! THANKS TMKK !!

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  • 4 stars

    "Comprehensive, quick, easy, audio converter"

    May 13, 2011   |   By 9jack63

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20110508

    Pros

    Easy to use and fast. Easily converts FLAC to Apple Lossless so I can put my high-fidelity music into iTunes.

    Cons

    Documentation is a little sparse. The updates don't list what is changed/fixed. Gets 4 stars instead of 5 only because I haven't explored everything it does.

    Summary

    I use it a lot. It's easily the fastest, easiest audio codec converter I've yet found.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works well, simple to use, fast conversion time"

    April 17, 2011   |   By indigoMadra

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20110312

    Pros

    Really easy to use, a simple drag-and-drop onto the icon and it converts.

    Cons

    Took me a minute to realize nothing would actually open to begin converting, shoulda read the readme first!

    Summary

    As someone not too geeky but wanting a simple converter, this is the one.

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  • 4 stars

    "Cool Cool Co"

    November 29, 2010   |   By cordedpoodle

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20101128

    Pros

    AIFF to FLAC for free. Simple easy quick. Does the job.

    Cons

    Might be a little tricky for newbies. No real interface. Open, set the output prefs drag and drop.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not up to Mac standards yet"

    October 25, 2010   |   By MG537

    Version: X Lossless Decoder 20101010

    Pros

    Good error detection, supports more formats than iTunes, including FLAC and Ogg.

    Cons

    At least on my iMac, when doing parallel rips (2 tracks at a time which is default) performance was really slow. Single track rips were OK.
    Album art and other metadata management non-existent (at least I didn't find it).

    Summary

    Can't see why any Mac user would prefer this over the integrated and easy to use approach of iTunes, unless they must rip into a format not supported by the latter (eg. FLAC, Ogg).

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