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How to Play FLAC Files on Your iPad

31-Jan-2011 by Ndrey Rivers

iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are known for playing music.

These devices support several audio file-formats like AIFF, WAV, MP3, AAC, and Apple Lossless that users can enjoy on their iDevice.

Meanwhile, due to the limited storage space of these devices (non-expandable memories), users should take a closer look at the audio files format that they can save on their iDevice like the iPad.

MP3 and AAC

Audio files in AAC and MP3 format are compressed and therefore will occupy small storage space in your iPad. It’s advisable that you use and save audio files on your iPad in AAC and MP3 format.

Audio files in these formats are compressed and smaller in file size, but the quality of the audio is not being affected. You won’t even notice that something has been removed from the original audio file.

You can also opt for the Apple Lossless format with smaller file size, second to the AAC and MP3 format, but since you are the owner of your own iDevice no one can really stop you if you want FLAC audio files in it.


Since iTunes and your iPad don’t really work in harmony with FLAC files, you can get two apps that will break the barrier for you: Dan Leehr’s FLAC Player for $10, and FastIntelligence’s Golden Ear for a promotional price of $6.00.

These are universal applications will run smoothly on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

How to Play FLAC on the iPad Tutorial

It’s really simple to use FLAC player on your iDevice.

Step 1

The first thing that you need to do is add the FLAC files to your iOS device manually, using the iTunes’ File Sharing feature.

Step 2

Make sure that your iDevice is connected to your Mac. Once you’re connected, go to iTunes, click on the Apps tab and look for the File Sharing section. Click on the tab, and drag that name of the file that you want, to the right section.

Step 3

Simply launch your FLAC player so that can you choose your files from the list of collections segregated by their album name. Once you selected your files, you can edit their names so you can easily locate what you want to play. You can also tap and check on the contents of the track before you can play it.

Sharing Your Files

FLAC Player also supports file sharing via iTunes, addition of artwork, adding text files that you can read while the music is playing, and even adding tags to group your files according to tags. Collecting your tracks according to tags will be made possible with Stephen F. Booth’s free Tag metadata editor app.

Golden Ear app on the other hand, works like the FLAC Player. The only addition is the different themes of esthetic options which work best with the iPad and not with iPhone and iPod touch due to the screen size.

The design will make it hard for you to read the name of the file on the screen of the iPhone and iPod touch with the design of the themes.

The advantage of Golden Ear against the FLAC Player is its capability to display embedded artwork in FLAC files. This app also supports cue sheets, offers repeat playback options, and offers shuffle.

FLAC Player and Golden Ear are two applications for the iPad that will help you if you really want FLAC files in your iDevices however, it’s still best to save files that won’t take much space and much effort to play audio files on your iDevices.

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