Alternatives to FLAC for all platforms with any license

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  • LAME icon

    LAME

    LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. It is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Vorbis icon

    Vorbis

    Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Opus Interactive Audio Codec icon

    Opus Interactive Audio Codec

    Opus is a totally open, royalty-free, highly versatile audio codec. Opus is unmatched for interactive speech and music transmission...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Matroska icon

    Matroska

    The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

  • WavPack icon

    WavPack

    WavPack is a completely open audio compression format providing lossless, high-quality lossy, and a unique hybrid compression mode....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Apple Lossless icon

    Apple Lossless

    Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music. Apple...

    Open Source Mac Windows

  • TAK icon

    TAK

    »TAK – [T]om’s lossless [a]udio [k]ompressor / [T]oms verlustfreier [A]udio[k]ompressor – is, as the name already suggests, a...

    Free Windows Winamp foobar2000

  • Nero AAC Codec icon

    Nero AAC Codec

    Nero AAC reference quality MPEG-4 and 3GPP audio codec - Compression ratios ranging from Ultra High (58 CDs fit on one!) to...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

FLAC Comments

Oh, and if any of you is afraid of FLAC being open-source, ...

Comment by landroni
about FLAC Jun 2011

Oh, and if any of you is afraid of FLAC being open-source, consider that Apple released a Beatles complete works using FLAC 24 bit (a bit pricy, between 250 and 350 euros), quality higher than that of ordinary CDs.

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I was moving my discs on my SE Xperia X10 running Android a ...

Comment by landroni
about FLAC Jun 2011

I was moving my discs on my SE Xperia X10 running Android and I was using OGG Vorbis with what I call(ed) quasi-insanely high quality, that is using -q 9 (targets 320kb/s). And I've decided to give FLAC a spin: it kicks ass! I think I'll stop caring about the size of FLACs (on an average CD, around 350MB, compared to about 160MB for Vorbis -q 9). The sound is crystal clear in my Phillips Stretch headphones.

On Android support for FLAC tags is patchy, and you can use Extended Media Scanner to fix it (worked for me).

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