Filetype: Free Lossless Audio Codec File
Category: Audio Files
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format 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 just like you would an MP3 file.
FLAC stands out as the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec, and the only one that at once is non-proprietary, is unencumbered by patents, has an open-source reference implementation, has a well documented format and API, and has several other independent implementations.
A FLAC Fingerprint file, which contains the filename and checksum information for a FLAC file, may be generated along with the FLAC file. This file is typically named ffp.txt and can be created using the following command:metaflac --show-md5sum flac_file_names > ffp.txt.
Programs that open FLAC files on Windows
VideoLAN VLC media player, Roxio Creator 2011, Adobe Audition 3, Audio Converter
Programs that open FLAC files on Mac OS X
VideoLAN VLC media player, Roxio Toast 11, MacAmp Lite X
How to convert FLAC files to MP3 or WMA?
If you want to play FLAC audio file on Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, you need to cenvert FLAC to WMA or MP3. FLAC Audio Converter can transfer FLAC to MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A formats which can be compatible with more portable devices and music players.