Updated: October 19th, 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 – it’s impossible to transfer FLAC to iPod.

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).

But if you listen to all your music on iPod – it often gets very cumbersome to move the files that Apple officially doesn’t support. Hands down – here we’ll demonstrate an easy way to transfer FLAC to iPod without obnoxious converting or iTunes sync! Also, if you happen to have an iPad, you can also use WALTR to put movies on iPad

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 most popular music player, and the device that changed Apple’s destiny.

iPod is one of the music players that delivers the best sound quality. 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 2

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

At first, install WALTR 2 on your Mac or Windows computer. Then make sure to plug your iPod in.

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 in absolutely any format 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.
  • All iPod models are compatible.

Step 2. Drop your FLAC music into WALTR

You’ll also see a blue progress bar. In a moment your FLAC songs will appear on your device.


WALTR 2 is transcoding the files on-the-fly. Rest assured, there’s no converting loss. WALTR will convert  FLAC to ALAC (Apple Lossless) so you won’t feel any difference in sound.

Boom! Finally, head over to the Music.app on your iPod and check if the tracks are there. 

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

Audio Formats Overview

In fact, 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. But they are compressed and take up less space. 

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

How to Add FLAC to iPod Shuffle, Nano, Classic

In fact, WALTR 2 supports all iPhones, iPads or iPods ever created. If you have an iPod touch, nano or even Classic – WALTR 2 will easily transfer FLAC music to your device.

Even if Apple discontinued all iPods recently, they are still amazing devices for music playback.

WALTR 2 converts FLAC to iPod Classic

Moreover, 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. As a bonus, you can also use our app to fill up your other devices & put movies on iPad.  

Bottom Line

In the 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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