FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec
Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) is a file format for lossless
audio data compression. Being lossless, FLAC does not remove information from
the audio stream, as lossy compression formats such as MP3, AAC, and Vorbis do.
FLAC's primary author is Josh Coalson. FLAC reduces bandwidth and storage requirements
without sacrificing the integrity of the audio source. A digital audio recording
(such as a CD track) encoded to FLAC can be decompressed into an identical copy
of the audio data. Audio sources encoded to FLAC are typically reduced in size
40 to 50 percent (46% according to their own comparison). FLAC is suitable for
everyday audio playback and archival, with support for tagging, cover art and
fast seeking. FLAC's free and open source royalty-free nature makes it well-supported
by many software applications, but FLAC playback support in portable audio devices
and dedicated audio systems is limited at this time.
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