[Flac-dev] Re: Core Audio player for OS X?

Brian Willoughby brianw at sounds.wa.com
Mon Nov 14 14:37:24 PST 2005


It is not difficult to combine the FLAC library with CoreAudio.  I have  
written software with object-based audio classes in Objective-C supporting  
AIFF, WAVE, and FLAC.  I found the FLAC library to be highly compatible with  
CoreAudio.  It took almost no time to get it working.

CoreAudio is primarily C, with some samples in C++, so you might prefer to use  
the C version of the FLAC libraries.

I believe that AudioFileTools is designed around Apple's file translation  
plugin architecture.  Thus, modifying the AudioFileTools example to support  
FLAC would probably require writing a file format translation plugin.   
Otherwise, you'd be vastly changing the app design to directly support FLAC.   
I'm not sure of the above, because I have not looked at that sample in detail,  
but my hunch is that you might have an easier time modifying another sample  
which is more direct in the design of its file format access.

In my case, I already had developed my own file format framework, and had the  
CoreAudio player working.  Adding support for FLAC was easy because I designed  
the file format framework, and did not have to learn anything new except the  

P.S.  If you do end up writing a FLAC file format translation plug (I'm not  
sure what the official terminology is) for AudioFileTools, then this would be a  
highly sought after plug for Mac OS X.  I think it would be a significant step  
towards supporting FLAC in many places throughout Mac OS X.  Perhaps that's  
the incentive you need to take on the slightly more difficult path!

Brian Willoughby
Sound Consultin

Begin forwarded message:

From: Scott.C.Brown.02 at Alum.Dartmouth.ORG (Scott C. Brown 02)

There are a few flac players on OS X now, but none (at least none that i know
of) seem to use Core Audio.  So they all freak out if i try to play a 24/96

I was recently poking around with the Tiger X Code tools and there's a simple
core audio player in there


called afplay.  how hard would it be to get this thing playing flac files?

I've very new to CoreAudio, but I know there was some discussion about it
regarding flac back in July...


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