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I have a lot of WAV files that I do not wish to import into iTunes to convert. There are too many. I would like a way to convert these to Apple lossless in the terminal before importing to iTunes.

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You'll need to make a short bash for loop in a script (or xargs) but the command in question you care about is:

afconvert -d alac in.wav out.m4a

More info can be found by running man afconvert or afconvert -h.

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Simple one line loop example: for file in *.wav; do afconvert -d alac "$file" "${file%wav}m4a"; done – flori Aug 10 '13 at 13:40

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