Updated: 19 April 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!

Josh Brown

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 instead. But if you love to use iPod for music listening, you’ll find yourself in a trap – iPod does not support FLAC.

iPod, by no means, is a perfect device for music playback – a little jukebox in your pocket. It has an incredible sound, that does not yield to iPhone by no 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).

The chances are that you listen to all your music on iPod, Then you know how cumbersome it is 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!

Have a glimpse of how this works in this short & sweet video: 

How to Convert FLAC to iPod without iTunes

UPD: if you own iPod Shuffle, Classic or Nano – this is your lucky day – our new WALTR 2 supports entire iPod lineup. 

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 to the better 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 are 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

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The backbone of the workaround presented here is a Mac & Windows application called WALTR. The app was named after Walter White from the coolest American TV Show – 'Breaking Bad'. The way it 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, there're no strings attached. 

Step 1. Open WALTR & Connect your device

WALTR for Mac, fast way to put flac music on ipod

After you have installed WALTR you will be prompt with a trial period. You'll have the entire power of WALTR 2 unlocked. 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 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  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 is transferring FLAC to ipod

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.

put music on iPod Shuffle

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. 

Can iPod Classic Play FLAC music? 

By default, no iPod, Classic or Shuffle, won't play back Flac files. Keep your head high: there are some workflows that are SURE to bypass the restriction. The only STRAIGHT way to play FLAC files natively on your iPod regardless of its generation is to use WALTR 2. 

With the rolling out of WALTR 2, the tool is now able to add .flac songs to your iPod without using iTunes. 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!


WALTR 2 is finally capable of what every audiophile out there was looking forward to! The application evolved into a universal solution to drop any media on Apple gizmos. It's guaranteed to convert FLAC to iPod sweepingly fast! 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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