Updated: July 13th, 2017

FLAC to iPod – How to Play FLAC music on iPod or iPhone

FLAC to iPod is done just in 2 steps. FLAC is the lossless music format that by default can’t be played by iPod. You will learn here how to convert FLAC to iPod with a blazing speed!

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FLAC to iPod

HD music is a new trend. MP3 (which is lossy) is still universally accepted, but now there are more and more people who prefer to listen to lossless music (FLAC in particular) instead. But if you love to use iPod for music listening, you’ll find yourself in a trap – iPod does not support FLAC.

iPod is, by no means, a perfect device for music playback – a little jukebox in your pocket. It has an incredible sound, that does not yield to iPhone by any point. Some audiophiles even point out certain iPod models for having the best sound quality among all the similar gadgets (iPod Classic 5th generation, for instance).

Bu if you listen to all your music on iPod – it often gets very cumbersome to move the files that are officially not supported by Apple to your gadget. Hands down – here we’ll demonstrate an easy way to transfer FLAC to iPod without obnoxious converting or iTunes sync!

How to Convert FLAC to iPod Touch

UPD: if you own iPod Shuffle, Classic or Nano – this is your lucky  day – our new WALTR 2 supports all the iPod lineup. So simply move to the second part of the article.

For the time of writing this article iPod hit its 15th birthday. It’s the world’s renowned music player, and the device that changed Apple’s destiny back when it was launched.

iPod is designed to provide the best music quality ever, and by no doubt it succeeds very well. However, if you a music connoisseur, and if you really care about the quality of your music, you’ll find iPod not that convenient to listen to your high-res audios that are in FLAC. 


Tech Requirements:

Mac & Windows computer
USB cord
WALTR

The backbone of the workaround presented here is a Mac & Windows application called WALTR. The app was named after Walter White from the coolest TV Show – Breaking Bad. The way it all works is nothing but simple. WALTR is a little portal that quickly loads music & videos in any format to your iOS device.

So grab it by clicking on the green button above. The download doesn’t cost a dime, so there’re no strings attached.

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Step 1. Open WALTR & Connect your device

FLAC to iPod

After you have installed WALTR you will be prompt with 14 days trial period, there’s no obligation. Hands down – you can test out absolutely all features WALTR holds, and there are plenty of them!

Here’s just a little run-down of WALTR superpowers:

  • WALTR has a very simple design. This is the example how very complicated and intricate things can go just unbelievably easy.
  • Now you’d be able yo play any song and any movie packed in absolutely any container on your iPhone or iPod.
  • Spanking new h.264 codec is absolutely compatible. So while majority of devices still can’t play it back – you can get it to your device with no issues.
  • All your media is going to be stored in the default music/video players, no third-party apps involved.

Step 2. Drop your FLAC music into WALTR

You’ll see a blue progress bar, and in a moment all your FLAC songs will be transferred to your device.

WALTR converts FLAc to iPod touch
The files are getting transcoded on-the-fly. And FYI, there’s no converting loss. In this case FLAC files are getting converted to ALAC (Apple Lossless) so you won’t feel any difference in sound.

BTW, here we complied a little table for you to compare the most popular audio formats:

Audio Formats Overview

There are two types of audio formats – lossy and lossless. But you will find also uncompressed file formats like AIFF and WAV. They are absolutely similar to original source, the only difference beween the two is that AIFF is used with Apple devices while WAV is universally accepted. In case, you are not editing audio, the both formats are of no use to you.

Lossless formats like FLAC and ALAC keep completely the same sound quality as the source, however they are compressed and take up less space. We found the best comprehensive lowdown of music formats here in this LifeHacker article.

***BTW, all the formats from the table can be easily transferred to iPod, iPhone or iPad with the help of WALTR.

How to Add FLAC to iPod Shuffle, Nano, Classic

In the first version WALTR (the app that we use to add songs to iPod or iPhone) only supports iPod Touch. But with the rolling out of WALTR 2, the tool is now able to fill your iPod up with the hottest tracks in a jiffy.

Even if iPod Classic was discontinued in 2014, it’s still an amazing device for music playback.

WALTR 2 converts FLAC to iPod Classic

The working principle is the same. Fire up WALTR, connect your device and push your FLAC songs into the app. This of course will also work with MP3, AIFF, APE, CUE, WAV, M4A, M4R, etc.

Except this, WALTR 2 adds A LOT of new features, that you can all find here: WALTR 2

BTW, Check out our blog post where we compared FLAC and ALAC. Both formats are lossless, but which one holds better sound quality? We compared both of them!

Conclusion

WALTR  is a universal solution to drop any media on iOS device. It will convert FLAC to iPod in a blink of your eye! So go ahead test it out! :))

P.S. What iPod do you own? I know that many of you guys, music enthusiasts, have your own opinion on what iPod has the best sound quality. Speak your mind in the comments!

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