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What is FLAC?

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. FLAC is a kind of lossless and oversimplified MP3. It was designed specifically for audio, which means that you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression.

more information - flac.sourceforge.net

Pros

  • Portable to many systems
  • Source open and freely licensed
  • Hardware support (PhatBox, Kenwood MusicKeg, Rio Karma, etc. See below)
  • Streaming support
  • Extremely fast decoding
  • Supports multichannel and high resolution streams
  • Supports ReplayGain
  • Supports cue-sheet (with some limitations)
  • Gaining wide use as successor to Shorten

Cons

  • Compresses less efficiently than other popular modern compressors (Monkey's Audio, LPAC, OptimFROG)
  • Higher compression modes slow, for little gain over the default setting.

When you need to convert FLAC files to other lossy or lossless format choose Total Audio Converter. It supports a lot of target formats and always keeps highest quality of your music.

Audio converter
  • FLAC to AAC, WMA, WAV, APE
  • FLAC to iPod, iPhone, iPad
  • FLAC to any cell phone
  • Add music to Archos, PSD, xBox
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Total Audio Converter supports the following conversions with FLAC format files:
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