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Julia Nash Jun 25, 2020

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

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Julia Nash Jun 25, 2020

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!

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. Well, almost impossible.

iPod was and is a contester for the best 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

At the time of writing this article, iPod hit its 19th birthday. It’s the world’s most popular music player and a legacy device that shaped Apple as a brand.

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

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.

To better understand how to get lossless music to your devices, we should explore some basics, specifically the iPod music format. Just like iPhones, iPods work with ALAC, Apple’s lossless format. In fact, ALAC is the ONLY lossless iPod file format that can be employed.

We actually made a deep dive into the relationship between FLAC and ALAC in our How to convert FLAC TO ALAC article. Check it out!

Tech Requirements

  • Mac & Windows computer

  • USB cord

  • WALTR 2

Let's dive in. 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.

So, can iPods play FLAC? Technically, no, but WALTR 2 will convert your FLAC music file into ALAC within seconds and get it on your iPod.

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.

It’s the fastest and simplest iPod Music Converter. If you own iPod Shuffle, Classic or Nano – this is your lucky day – WALTR 2 supports the entire iPod lineup.

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

Requirements: macOS 10.9 and higher
Latest Version: 2.6.25, 13 December 2019
Requirements: Windows 8 and higher
Latest Version: 2.7.19, 14 November 2019
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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.

FLAC to iPod transfer is done seamlessly with WALTR 2

After you have installed WALTR you will be prompt with a 24-hour trial, 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.

a simple way to play FLAC on iPod using WALTRWALTR 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.

you can now play FLAC on iPod

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

BTW, here we compiled 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 the original source, the only difference between the two is that AIFF is used with Apple devices while WAV is universally accepted. In case you are not editing audio, 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

WALTR 2 isn’t only about getting FLAC on iPod touch as it supports literally every single of iPhones, iPads, and iPods ever created.

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 for 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 the iPad.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, WALTR is a universal solution to drop any media on iOS devices. 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 the iPod has the best sound quality. Speak your mind in the comments!

Julia Nash
Julia Nash

Apple junkie at Softorino

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