Apple Lossless Alternatives

    Apple Lossless is described as '(also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music' and is an app in the Audio & Music category. There are seven alternatives to Apple Lossless for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and BSD. The best alternative is FLAC, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Apple Lossless are Vorbis (Free, Open Source), Matroska (Free, Open Source), Opus Interactive Audio Codec (Free, Open Source) and Monkey's Audio (.APE) (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 23, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
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      • Android
      • BSD
      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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Windows
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      • Android
      The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file.
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    1. 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.
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    2. Monkey’s Audio makes perfect, bit-for-bit copies of your music, exactly the same as the original. You can decompress your lossless .APE files back to the original files. Think of it as a beefed-up Winzip™ to perfectly recreate the original music CD.


      • FreeProprietary
      • 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.
    3. 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.
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