FLAC Player FAQs

Q: How do I load FLAC Files?

FLAC files can be loaded most quickly and reliably over USB using iTunes File Sharing. See support.apple.com/en-us/HT201301 under Copy files from your computer to your iOS app. 

For convenience and remote access, FLAC Player can also import files over Wi-Fi from SFTP servers, including Linux and Mac OS X computers, and certain NAS devices. Instructions for Mac OS X are built in.

FLAC Player will automatically organize files into Collections. Collections appear as Folders in iTunes, so you can easily check sizes or delete them.

FLAC Player will also read FLAC metadata so that you can browse your music by Album or Artist.

Q: What kinds of files are supported?

FLAC Player will play FLAC files.  Ogg-FLAC is not supported.

Album Art can be added using iOS-compatible image formats (JPEG, PNG, etc).  Documents (Text, PDF, RTF, MS Word, etc) are supported as well.

FLAC Player will read M3U and PLS playlist files into playlists.  The playlist files must reference FLAC files that exist on the device.

Album Art will be shown during playback.  Document files can be used for track listings, recording lineage, or other information, and are accessed from the Collection Details screen (Tap the name of the Collection in the track list)

Q: How do I load folders/directories of FLAC files?

FLAC Player uses iTunes File sharing to quickly get files into the app using a USB cable.  Recently, iTunes File Sharing has added the ability to load folders, so you can drag entire folders.

If you load individual files, FLAC Player will attempt to organize them into Collections based on song metadata and file names.

If FLAC Player is unable to determine a good collection name, it will simply create a collection named with the date (e.g. Import Oct 3, 2014) and that will contain all the files you added today.

Q: What audio quality is supported?

FLAC Player is built with libFLAC, and has been tested decoding stereo files up to 24-bit/192kHz. FLAC Player will always decode the audio at full quality, and provide a gapless stream of full resolution audio data to the iOS audio hardware.

The quality you get will depend on the audio hardware connected. For example, the built in headphone jack will output at up to 16-bit/48kHz, so iOS will downconvert if necessary

FLAC Player has been engineered to get the audio to the hardware in perfect quality, with a completely gapless listening experience.

Q: What about USB Audio Devices (via Camera Connection Kit)?

FLAC Player does work with USB Audio devices on the iPhone and iPad.  This provides the best output quality available, and 96kHz, 24-bit playback is supported with a USB DAC. See further discussion in this thread at head-fi.org.

Q: What remote controls are supported?

FLAC Player uses the system-wide remote control specification for iOS.  If you have a remote that controls the built-in Music app, it should work just fine. This includes headphone remotes and Apple Watch.

With headphone remote, clicking to pause and skip work just as you'd expect. Dock, car adapter, or Bluetooth* stereo remote controls are supported too.

*Bluetooth Audio devices use lossy compression to transmit audio, so are not recommended for audio quality.

Q: Does FLAC Player work on older devices ?

The current version of FLAC Player requires iOS 7, so will run on an iPhone 4, iPod touch (5th Generation), or the iPad 2. If you have purchased FLAC Player and have a device running iOS 6, the App Store will download an earlier, iOS 6 compatible version.

Q: How do I delete FLAC Files?

You can delete collections from the collections screen.  Tap Edit, then select one or more collections, and tap the delete button at the bottom of the screen.

You can also delete collections when connected to iTunes.  To do so, click the folder in the Documents area and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

In order to delete individual files, you can split a collection (Tap Edit, then Split), then delete the new collection.

Q: How do I shuffle All Songs?

To shuffle all the songs in FLAC Player, start on the Albums tab.  Tap the first item (All Songs), then tap any song and turn on shuffle.  If you don't see the shuffle icon during playback, tap the center of the screen once.