Free Lossless Audio Codec

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For users who prefer audio fidelity. Details at flac.sf.net and mikewren.com/flac/

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  • meyersnole

    Just bought FLAC directly from pearljam.com. Cool! Saved me from buying the CD only to toss it in a box after I ripped it.

    11 dec 2013 Svara
  • cholero

    I'll have a look at opus to use it with my mobile players, sounds interesting...

    11 sep 2013 Svara
  • c4t2007

    I'm not saying you must save 85% storage by switching to Opus, but that Vorbis is pretty obsolete by now. Why'd you use Vorbis, cholero?

    11 sep 2013 Svara
  • cholero

    good for you and I guess me neighter :-) but we're all happy and will stay with lossless

    29 aug 2013 Svara
  • c4t2007

    The Opus Interactive Audio Codec is definitely more accurate than q5.0 Vorbis, and i could not distinguish it from FLAC using the ABX plugin of Foobar2000.

    27 aug 2013 Svara
  • cholero

    I've ripped all my CD's again in 2010; to flac. From 2002-2008 I did the same to ogg vorbis q5. But now I can relax and enjoy. I never opened the Box of my ~1000 CD's again, it is in the pavement since I moved to our new apartment 2 years ago. So I recommend to everyone thinking of ripping his/her CD collection: rip it to flac not to a lossy format. Otherwise you will always think: It could sound slightly better :-(

    13 aug 2013 Svara
  • daemeon

    "the more capable the system is at reproducing accurate music the more you will hear the compression" That's the point, meyersnole !! The people who listen to their music through plastic PC speakers, directly from the cheap soundcard will never hear the difference between 320kb/s MP3 and a FLAC file.... Fact is: the better your equipment is the better the sound files have to be! And I never had better soundfiles than my FLAC files

    4 aug 2013 Svara
  • meyersnole

    I also agree that FLAC is a great archival medium. Since it is lossless, you can convert from FLAC to another format with corruption. Going from one compressed format, to another, then another can significantly change the file.

    1 jul 2013 Svara
  • meyersnole

    @ktmf I disagree that it is a placebo effect. Not sure what you mean by decent sound system, but the more capable the system is at reproducing accurate music the more you will hear the compression. And once you start listening for it, the more it annoys you (generally). However, I would tend to agree that on most equipment, with most masterings (a lot of music is messed up during production) you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a FLAC and 320 mp3. I do not have much experience with ogg files, but would be surprised if something compressed down to 96kbps was indiscernible from the original. I would believe that without headphones or large monitors at volume you could fool some people.

    1 jul 2013 Svara
  • GreatMoloch

    ITT Idiots who think FLAC is useful for anything besides archiving. "I'd rather cut off my ears then listen to lossy music" All my lol's

    30 apr 2013 Svara
  • hanzou-sama

    I almost don't look for an album if there's not in FLAC!

    16 feb 2013 Svara
  • ktmf

    @ZombiePsyche: what you are hearing is called placebo-effect. Really, I use a decent soundsystem and am trained into hearing compression artifacts, and usually can't even hear the difference between 96kbps Vorbis and FLAC. Did you ever tried using an ABX-test to 'prove' your claims? I really am not deaf, for the record.

    14 dec 2012 Svara
  • ZombiePsyche

    I did a comparison of 160 vs. 320 vs. FLAC & if you have even a decent sound system, the difference is larger than night & day. You must be deaf if you can't tell a difference between 320 vs. FLAC, let alone 160 vs. 320.

    9 dec 2012 Svara
  • ZombiePsyche

    "Because I find the difference between 160 and 320 to be very noticeable most of the time." As do I. I tend to use quality audio devices though.

    4 dec 2012 Svara
  • OneSalient

    New Group - I Buy Music Directly From The Artist

    11 sep 2012 Svara
  • Mastergumble

    Hello, everyone!

    18 jul 2012 Svara
  • JBThazard

    "Most people won't even hear the difference between a ~160kbps MP3 / AAC and the losless file." Really. Because I find the difference between 160 and 320 to be very noticeable most of the time. Maybe people have untrained ears, maybe people have ipods...

    15 jun 2012 Svara
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Audiotailor Jade headphone amp??? whoa i want

    9 apr 2012 Svara
  • nicolasbj

    greatest audio quality. LOL. and vynil?

    1 apr 2012 Svara
  • PsychoMan83

    Most people won't even hear the difference between a ~160kbps MP3 / AAC and the losless file. BUT flac is great for doing backups of your CDs (Accurate Rip, CTDB) + you can transcode to any other lossy or losless format in the future without having to re-rip your collection. Who cares about space these days? 2TB drives are about 70-80 Euros.

    19 mar 2012 Svara
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