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I'm searching for an audion converter for mac with wide capabilities. it should be able to

  1. Convert to flac (not from flac)
  2. Split cue files into separate tracks
  3. Grab audio cds
  4. Edit ID3-tags in batch mode

Ability to convert different audio formats to mp3 and alac is a big plus :)

If there is no such ultimate tool could you please provide links to some separate tools that have functionality numbered above.

Thanks in advance!

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My favorite converter is XLD. It converts to flac, splits cue files, it supports metadata correction (using CDDB), and embeds album artwork. It is the closest I could find to dBpoweramp.

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Another XLD user here. Simple, effective. Here's a link to download it. –  Ian C. Jan 31 '11 at 2:41
    
For having everything in a single tool, I would suggest XLD too. Just don't use CDDB for metadata correction. CDDB is a mess and is only better than no metadata. For proper metadata use MusicBrainz, which is also supported by XLD. –  lpacheco Jan 31 '11 at 9:29
    
Does the XLD comes with a nice GUI? –  Johan Karlsson Feb 1 '12 at 13:21

I use Max converter It can converts to many format but have some cons too :(

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What are the cons you speak of? I have 0 problems with Max so far. –  Jason Salaz Jan 31 '11 at 8:42
    
@VxJasonxV I can't convert some of my audio file that have .wma extension. –  Am1rr3zA Jan 31 '11 at 8:44
    
That's pretty strange, and quite a big con. Not entirely sure what to say about that, I haven't had a problem with anything yet (except DRM'ed/protected audio files). –  Jason Salaz Jan 31 '11 at 8:46
    
I vote for Max also. Lately, I've been using SBooth's Rip to rip the CD's to CUE+FLAC and SBooth's Max to convert the FLAC into individual MP3 files. The only con I see is lack of update. –  lpacheco Jan 31 '11 at 9:32
    
+1 for Max. It works very well. –  Johan Karlsson Feb 2 '12 at 13:56

My suggestion is the same presented here previously, but I use them for different things.

Both Rip and XLD are good rippers for Mac. They support AccurateRip and use MusicBrainz for metadata, so you get certified rips with good tags.

I always rip first to FLAC (single FLAC file + CUE) and them convert the rip into individual MP3 files. If I need to rerip, I go for the FLAC file, not the CD.

If I used XLD for both tasks, I would be constantly messing with the configuration, changing from FLAC to MP3, and every now and then would forget and rip to the wrong format. So, I use XLD for the initial rip and Max to convert the FLAC into MP3.

Later I learned about SBooth's Rip and started using it instead of XLD. Rip's advantage is that it adopts a smarter ripping strategy, only resorting to more powerful ripping technique when it finds a problem. So, initially Rip tries to fast rip a CD and match against AccurateRip, if it succeeds it is done otherwise it will try to overrip and else.

So, usually, Rip is a lot faster than XLD and will generate a good rip, but now and then it will rip nothing because the CD has a fatal flaw. For those, I use XLD, that will try a lot harder to make a Rip and produce a file even if it can't rip correctly.

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how do you split an single FLAC file into individual MP3s with Max? I am looking for the same for APE+CUE and don't see how to do it. –  davka Oct 18 '11 at 13:39
    
my mistake - probably invalid cue file or an unsupported tag. Tried another file, worked fine. –  davka Oct 18 '11 at 14:42

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