i suggested tmkk (xld's author) if he could at least update to libsndfile 1.0.22 (current version) which is already implemented anyway and wouldn't require any additional support for a vorbis decoder plugin, but i'm still waiting for an answer.
Libsndfile itself doesn't support them natively. It just depends on the libvorbis/libFLAC libary. XLD already uses libsndfile version 1.0.21, so it makes no sense to update the library.
truth is, if you need perfect rips and correct cuesheet support you'll have to use xld. if you need lossy format interchangeability you'll have to use max.i really like the concept of 1 app for all audio needs and i was afraid to switch from win to osx because i thought there were not enough apps. soon i realized there are enough apps, just not enough functionality (some paid apps even trick us with just an eyecandy gui to do the work of a built-in unix command).whether it's lossless or lossy, well, it should be the user's option for gain or loss.