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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.

What's New

Version 1.1.4:
  • General:
    • Improved compression with no change to format or decrease in speed.
    • Encoding and decoding speedups for all modes. Encoding at -8 is twice as fast.
  • FLAC format:
    • (none)
  • Ogg FLAC format:
    • (none)
  • flac:
    • Improved compression with no change to format or decrease in speed.
    • Encoding and more...


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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sciamannikoo Member IconReview-2

Exactly what is it? I've opened the DMG, installed the pkg file and then... I don't find anything on my Mac related to FLAC, except the DMG itself.

Looking on their website I can't find anything hepful.

Is that a scam or, worse, a virus?
I don't even know how to remoave whatever I've installed.

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Version 1.1.4
II Adolfo Herrera Member IconReview+0
II Adolfo Herrera

Works Easy - just like a Mac

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Version 1.1.4
sandifop Member IconComment+1

FLAC has been around longer and is more accepted by the open software community (in general) than Apple Lossless Codec. FLAC and ALC both have strengths but I have found ALC usually has a (slightly) smaller file size. The results seem to vary by music complexity. ALC works with Apple's music streaming technology, also.

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

Compression size compared to Apple Lossless?

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Version 1.1.1
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License Free
Date 08 Aug 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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