Flac music store

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  1. rabidz7, Nov 28, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Does anyone know of any legal Flac music stores? And also if I convert an mp3 to a Flac file will the music quality increase?
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2010
    Not sure whether you are serious, but no, of course not, you can't increase the music quality. When you convert, you are making a copy of what you have. The copy can be the same or worse, but not better.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    It's like you can't make a cooked egg back to a raw egg.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2003
    Southern California
    Scott549 and Simplicated are absolutely right on the quality question - it's impossible to put back information that was earlier thrown away.

    As for legal lossless music, the only "major" store I'm aware of is hdtracks.com, but obviously their selection is very limited compared to iTunes or Amazon. I've also seen lossless music on artist-specific stores at musictoday.com, but unfortunately going to the main site there redirects to Ticketmaster/LiveNation. :eek:

    Sure would be nice if Apple offered lossless... it's not like it'd take any more bandwidth than all the movies and TV they sell/rent, and I'd finally be able to stop buying CDs that clutter up my closets.
  5. macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2010
    There's also Merge Records (mergerecords.com) - again, a limited selection, but at least it's out there....
  6. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Check if "real" flac

    Is there a way to check if music is flac or has just been converted to flac.
  7. macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2007
    If any of your favorite artists sell on bandcamp, there will usually be a FLAC option. Otherwise, HDTracks is basically it.
  8. Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Hyperion Records for some excellent classical music - in Apple Lossless format and others.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2012
    United States
    To answer both of your questions: (1) HDtracks is perhaps one of the best websites for FLAC files, just make sure you have a digital-to-analogue converter capable of 24-bit resolution playback. (2) No.

  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2013
    There is a great classical music independent label called Edelweiss Emission edelweissemission.com which offers lossless FLAC downloads and also MP3 320 kbps downloads.

    As far as I know if you convert an mp3 to a FLAC file it will not increase the quality. However, I have read that MP3 320 kbps are great quality and are very similar to FLAC files (obviously not as great, but still much better than lower quality MP3s).

    Hope that helps!

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