FLAC files support Vorbis and ID3v2.4 metadata formats. Depending on the tag format, different issues can arise in macOS when using the FLAC files.


How to make artworks in FLAC files visible in Finder?

The Finder has no ability currently to render Artwork pictures stored in the Vorbis metadata of FLAC files.

How to select Tag Format cells in the Tag Editor

FLAC files with Vorbis tags in Finder


When the FLAC files contains ID3v2 metadata, the Finder can read the Artwork picture.

How to select Tag Format cells in the Tag Editor

FLAC files with Vorbis+ID3v2.4 tags in Finder


The Tag Editor can change the Tag Format from Vorbis to Vorbis+ID3v.2.4 so that the Artwork will appear in the Finder thumbnails.

In the Tag Editor, open one or more FLAC files that should have their Tag Format changed.

Show the Tag Format column to find out about metadata format in your FLAC files. This could be done both via main or context menu 'View / Columns / Tag Format', or 'View / Columns / Audio Properties / Tag Format'.

How to show the Tag Format column in Tag Editor for Mac

How to show the Tag Format column

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Select a few or all cells in the Tag Format column. You can do that with the keyboard shortcuts, or via top or context menu 'Edit / Select Column'.

How to select Tag Format cells in the Tag Editor

Selection of all cells in the Tag Format column via context menu.

In the active cell, press the accessory button with the three dots inside - select metadata format, supporting ID3v2 tags, for example Vorbis+ID3v2.3 or Vorbis+ID3v2.4.

Changing metadata format in FLAC files to Vorbis ID3v2.4

Changing the metadata format of FLAC files to Vorbis+ID3v2.4

When you finished, check the result of changing the metadata format of your FLAC files. Save the changes via ⌘+S or 'File / Save' menu.

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How to fix compatibility issues with FLAC players and Finder?

To ensure the approach above is suitable and working for you, check it with a few FLAC files before applying it to the rest of your music collection.

A known issue is when some FLAC players refuse to accept the FLAC files tagged with ID3v2.4 metadata. The Finder might also lose the ability to read the Vorbis metadata when the ID3v2.4 metadata exists in the FLAC files.

Changing metadata format in FLAC files to Vorbis ID3v2.4

Finder can fail to read Vorbis metadata.

Suppose you already have such FLAC files, with compatibility issues and having ID3v2.4. In that case, it is never late to repair their metadata format and set it as Vorbis.

Select a few or all cells in the Tag Format column, and choose Vorbis format for FLAC files.

Changing the metadata format of audio files to Vorbis

Changing the metadata format of FLAC files to Vorbis.

Save the changes via ⌘+S or 'File / Save' menu.

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Getting rid of issues with the FLAC format

How to avoid such complexity with FLAC files? You can convert your entire FLAC collection into MP4/ALAC format. The MP4/ALAC format is lossless and has no issues with support on Macs and iPhones.

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