FLAC is a free, open source, multi-platform, lossless audio compressor. It’s a console program. Windows users are used to grafical programs. That’s why I made FLAC frontend. The frontend only makes a batch file for flac.exe and executes it. You’ll need “Tag” (by Case) if you want to tag your files.
Download FLAC frontend 1.7 (30 kb, freeware)
(The FLAC codec is not included. Download from the FLAC website.)
If you get an error when you try to run the frontend, you need one of the following files (the error message indicates which one):
Visual Basic 6 Runtime files
IS THIS WHAT YOU NEED? SEEMS TO ME FLAC IS AN AUDIO CODEC NOT VIDEO.
The Sonos Digital Music System now supports FLAC and Ogg Vorbis.
The new portable iAUDIO X5 from COWON supports FLAC and Ogg Vorbis.
Slim Devices' new Squeezebox2 supports FLAC decoding on the box, reducing the amount of precious wireless bandwidth required for FLAC playback.
The Grateful Dead is now offering all 33 volumes of “Dick’s Picks” and the Vault releases in FLAC format.
They Might Be Giants' new album is available in FLAC format. Welcome TMBG!
FLAC 1.1.2 is available. New in this release are small decoding speedups for all platforms, small encoding speedups in fast (non-LPC) mode, streaming support in the XMMS plugin, and several bug fixes. For developers there are also a few additions and changes to the metadata API to make working with tags easier. See the changelog entry for complete details. This release actually wasn’t supposed to happen so soon, but needed to be made to fix library naming and build problems in FLAC 1.1.1 that caused trouble for package maintainers, so unless you are having trouble with one of the particular bugs that got fixed in 1.1.2 then there is not much of a need to upgrade.
Another handful of devices that support FLAC are out or announced: the Zensonic Z500 Networked DVD Media Player, Escient’s new FireBall E2-40, E2-160, and DVDM-300, the M300A Digital Music Player from Digital Techniques (see manual), Meda Systems' Bravo servers (more info), and the MS300 Music Server by McIntosh Laboratory.
last updated 2005-May-02
what is FLAC?
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and 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.
FLAC is freely available and supported on most operating systems, including Windows, “unix” (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, OS X, IRIX), BeOS, OS/2, and Amiga. There are build systems for autotools, MSVC, Watcom C, and Project Builder.
See the features page for a complete list of features, or the comparison page to see how FLAC compares with other lossless codecs.
The FLAC project consists of:
the stream format
reference encoders and decoders in library form
flac, a command-line program to encode and decode FLAC files
metaflac, a command-line metadata editor for FLAC files
input plugins for various music players
When we say that FLAC is “Free” it means more than just that it is available at no cost. It means that the specification of the format is fully open to the public to be used for any purpose (the FLAC project reserves the right to set the FLAC specification and certify compliance), and that neither the FLAC format nor any of the implemented encoding/decoding methods are covered by any known patent. It also means that all the source code is available under open-source licenses. It is the first truly open and free lossless audio format. (For more information, see the license page.)