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FLAC, FLAC Audio File (.flac)

 

The .flac file format

FLAC is a lossless audio compression file created by members of Xiph.org. FLAC allows users to preserve files at the original quality level, which makes it the model software format for backing up audio files since comparable hard copies are vulnerable to physical damage. FLAC is most typically used to backup high quality audio like CD’s its superiority compared to file types like MP3’s. FLAC is an open source software file and supports addition of data integrity checks, metadata, and images.

 

.flac technical details

FLAC files possess rapid streaming and decoding capabilities due to the fact that they are often less than half the size of the original file and still maintain the original audio quality when used for audio storage. FLAC files are often used for streaming and conversion in real time. The FLAC file arrangement is made up of several parts namely: stream format, container format, reference library of encoders and decoders, and input plugins. FLAC has fixed-point samples support capability with PCM bit resolutions of 4-32 bits per sample, with a sampling rate up to 655,350 Hz, delivered in 1-8 channels. Existing decoders remain unaffected despite addition of new fields, as they are future proofed.

 

Additional information about FLAC file format

File extension .FLAC
File category AUDIO
Useful links http://www.cnet.com/news/what-is-flac-the-high-def-mp3-explained/
https://xiph.org/flac/
File conversion Convert a file to FLAC
Developer Xiph.Org Foundation
Associated programs Real Player
VLC Media Player
Windows Media Player