Friday, August 13, 2010

Add ogg support to iTunes on Mac OS X

iTunes for Mac:
this was harder to find than I thought.
Not hard, just not trivial; this should be a one-click add-capability type action,
but the instructions were not as clear. (Ideally, iTunes would already have support for open formats.)

  1. Quit iTunes
  2. Download XiphQT QuickTime component.
    This is a small 1M .dmg; double click to open it. You'll see some text files, but most importantly
  3. Copy it in to /Library/QuickTime
  4. [Optional] This is only necessary if you want to double-click an .ogg file and have it open in iTunes. You can still use the 'add to library' menu item or drag files from the Finder on to iTunes. I think.
    Edit the info.plist file inside of iTunes;
    see instructions here:
Go to and try an ogg stream.
Start up iTunes and play.
I did this on 10.6.4.


sunshinetom said...

just download and install Xiph QuickTime Components
then your itunes will accept .ogg files

if you also want to put .ogg to ipod,iphone,ipad, then you need to convert .ogg to itunes/ipod/iphone/ipad compatible format with the following step by step guide at

the following is a detailed guide on how to free download xiph quicktime components and how to convert ogg to ipod compatible format

betterpluse said...

You can use Avdshare Audio Converter to convert OGG to iTunes supported AAC, Apple Lossless ALAC, M4A, MP3, WAV, AIFF etc for successfully playing OGG on iTunes 12/11/10/9, iPhone, iPod, iPad etc and find it at