Image description

FLAC

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning...

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Android
    FLAC tags are not always properly recognized: try Extended Media Scanner
 413

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 (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) 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. More Info »

Link to official FLAC site

Official Website
FLAC was added by ruka_m in Mar 2011 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2014. There is a history of activites on FLAC in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on FLAC or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
 
MORE INFORMATION
FLAC Icon

FLAC alternatives for All Platforms×

License:
All
×
Sort By:
Rank
Tag:
All
×
  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    225
    likes

    LAME

    Open Source by The LAME Project | Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD

    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 bitrates and at VBR. Both quality and speed improvements are still...


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    207
    likes

    Vorbis

    Open Source by Xiph.Org Foundation | Mac, Windows, Linux

    Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel. This...


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    17
    likes

    Opus Interactive Audio Codec

    Open Source by IETF codec working group | Mac, Windows, Linux

    Opus is a totally open, royalty-free, highly versatile audio codec. Opus is unmatched for interactive speech and music transmission over the Internet, but also intended for storage and streaming applications....


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    10
    likes

    Apple Lossless

    Open Source by Apple, Inc. | Mac, Windows

    Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music. Apple Lossless data is stored within an MP4 container with the filename...


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    4
    likes

    WavPack

    Open Source by David Bryant | Mac, Windows, Linux

    WavPack is a completely open audio compression format providing lossless, high-quality lossy, and a unique hybrid compression mode. Although the technology is loosely based on previous versions of WavPack, the...


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    3
    likes

    Speex

    Open Source | Mac, Windows, Linux

    Speex is a patent-free audio compression format designed for speech and also a free software speech codec that may be used on VoIP applications and podcasts.


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    4
    likes

    Nero AAC Codec

    Free* by Nero AG | Windows, Linux

    Nero AAC reference quality MPEG-4 and 3GPP audio codec - Compression ratios ranging from Ultra High (58 CDs fit on one!) to High-End Audio (2.5:1), for absolutely perfect audiophile encodings -...


  • Is this an alternative to FLAC?  YES  NO    
    1
    like

    TAK

    Free by Thomas Becker | Windows, Winamp, foobar2000

    »TAK – [T]om’s lossless [a]udio [k]ompressor / [T]oms verlustfreier [A]udio[k]ompressor – is, as the name already suggests, a lossless audio compressor, similar to FLAC, WavPack and Monkey’s Audio. On...




//dist.alternativeto.net/icons/flac_9966.png?width=22&height=22&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter