What Is A .flac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SamIchi, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    I've never seen these before? Free Lossless Audio Codec? So is it an audio file? I can't play it in my iTunes. Any help would be nice.
     
  2. Yebot macrumors 6502

    Yebot

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    Flac is a compression scheme that removes the non-audio bits from a truly uncompressed audio file (like a .wav or .aif.) It is a 'lossless' format similar to Shorten (.shn) and Apple Lossless. The idea is that you get a file that is half the size of a .wav/.aif with zero audio degradation.

    I hear the flac plugin for iTunes is flakey at best.

    I use xAct to uncompress flac's to .aif files. Then I'll let iTunes squash them to mp3 or aac for portability. Flac to .aif or .wav = no loss in quality.
     
  3. aricher macrumors 68020

    aricher

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    Same question was asked yesterday. xACT or MacFlac will convert hese files to AIFF.
     

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