FLAC
FLAC
1.1.4

2.8

FLAC free download for Mac

FLAC

1.1.4
08 August 2007

Free lossless audio codec.

Overview

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 in FLAC

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 decoding speedups for all modes. Encoding at -8 is twice as fast.
    • Added a new option -w,--warnings-as-errors for treating all warnings as errors.
    • Allow --picture option to take only a filename, and have all other attributes extracted from the file itself.
    • Fixed a bug that caused suboptimal default compression settings in some locales (SF #1608883).
    • Fixed a bug where FLAC-to-FLAC transcoding of a corrupted FLAC file would truncate the transcoded file at the first error (SF #1615019).
    • Fixed a bug where using -F with FLAC-to-FLAC transcoding of a corrupted FLAC would have no effect (SF #1615391).
    • Fixed a bug where new PICTURE metadata blocks specified with --picture would not be transferred during FLAC-to-FLAC transcoding (SF #1627993).
  • metaflac:
    • Allow --import-picture-from option to take only a filename, and have all other attributes extracted from the file itself.
  • plugins:
    • Fixed a bug in the XMMS plugin where Ctrl-3 (file info) would cause a crash if the file did not exist (SF #1634941).
  • build system:
    • Fixed a makefile linkage bug with libogg (SF #1611414).
    • Added pkg-config files for libFLAC and libFLAC++ (SF #1647881).
    • Added --disable-ogg option for building without Ogg support even if libogg is installed (SF #1196996).
  • libraries:
    • Completely rewritten bitbuffer which uses native machine word size instead of bytes for dramatic speed improvements. The speedup should be most dramatic on CPUs with slower byte manipulation capability and big-endian machines.
    • Much faster Rice partition size estimation which greatly speeds encoding in higher modes.
    • Increased compression for all modes.
    • Reduced memory requirements for encoder and decoder.
    • Fixed a bug with default apodization settings that were erroneous in some locales (SF #1608883).
  • Interface changes:
    • libFLAC:
      • (behavior only) FLAC__stream_encoder_set_metadata() now makes a copy of the "metadata" array of pointers (but still not copies of the objects themselves) so the client does not need to maintain its copy of the array after the call.
    • libFLAC++:
      • (none)

4 FLAC Reviews

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Anonymous
12 November 2004

Most helpful

Compression size compared to Apple Lossless?
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Version 1.1.1
sciamannikoo
05 October 2012
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
25 June 2012
Works Easy - just like a Mac
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Version 1.1.4
Sandifop
14 August 2005
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.
Like (1)
Version 1.1.1
Anonymous
12 November 2004
Compression size compared to Apple Lossless?
Like (1)
Version 1.1.1
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