What Is A .flac?

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

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    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


    Jan 6, 2004
    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


    Feb 20, 2004
    Same question was asked yesterday. xACT or MacFlac will convert hese files to AIFF.

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