Remember Rip. Mix. Burn? Back in the day, that was Apple’s way of telling us to use our Macs and iTunes to create our own music playlists and burn CDs.
Yes, that was before the iPod. For the most part, iTunes took care of all the crazy audio file formats. Today we have even more audio formats and a few inexpensive apps to help tame the audio chaos.
Taming Audio File Format Chaos
The word chaos doesn’t do the problem justice. The defacto standard nearly everywhere is MP3. However, many other audio file formats have much higher audio quality capability.
When you run afoul of one of the foul audio formats, what can you do to tame the wild beast, and convert a file back to something sane or ridiculous (your choice)?
Add the very inexpensive Tunesify to your collection of Mac apps.
What it does is simple. It converts most of the crazy, useless, outdated, or esoteric audio file formats to something that iTunes likes. And if iTunes likes it, so does your iPod, your iPhone, and your iPad. Oh, and your Mac.
Tunesify converts FLAC, Windows Media Audio, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio, even the seldom used and controversial Ogg Vorbis to something that works in iTunes, like AAC, MP3, WAV, even Apple Lossless.
Using Tunesify is easy. Drag audio files or click the Add Files button, then click the Convert button.
You’ll spend more on a cup of coffee or a glass of tea than on Tunesify.
Preferences are nominal, and easily understood. There are only two tabs to choose.
The conversion process couldn’t be easier, too.
Don’t worry about the audio codec involved, or the bit rates, as the automatic selection works in most cases.
The Tunesify developer appears to understand something about human nature and Mac uksers. Tunesify is available only from the Mac App Store, which is OK. It’s inexpensive and works as advertised. However, there’s also a Lite version so you can actually try before you buy.
It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it works.