#1
I'm about to buy some music online, and it can be bought in either FLAC or MP3 format. FLAC is a far higher quality recording, but I don't have any software to play it, and I can't put it on my iPod. Does any body know where I can download (free) software to convert the FLAC files into something that I can play and put on my iPod (preferably not MP3).

Many thanks.
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Quote by SaintsofNowhere
FLAC is a compressed file, so it can be stored but not played. Convert it to WAV for lossless audio bliss.

I use Trader's Little Helper http://tlh.easytree.org/ but there's bunches of programs.


what?

unless my windows media player and Foobar decompress it on the fly, I'd say FLAC is playable.
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what?

unless my windows media player and Foobar decompress it on the fly, I'd say FLAC is playable.


My bad. You are correct

#8
As Lemon linked, DBPoweramp is the best. I use it to convert all my FLAC files and I use WinAmp to play them on the computer.
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I did google it, all I got was really dodgy websites I didn't feel safe downloading from...


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#11
Quote by Lemoninfluence
what?

unless my windows media player and Foobar decompress it on the fly, I'd say FLAC is playable.

of course it decompresses it on the fly, that's how all compressed music files work. It doesn't save the decompressed file though.
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i use "format factory", silly name and the layout is worse, but it gets the job done, google it
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I did google it, all I got was really dodgy websites I didn't feel safe downloading from...


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#14
Quote by ThatGuy177
I use a program called Max to convert flac to 320 kbps mp3. It's for mac though.

But that's converting it to a worse quality... I swear FLAC is like 500 - 700 kbps.
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Quote by Lemoninfluence
what?

unless my windows media player and Foobar decompress it on the fly, I'd say FLAC is playable.


Rarely are they decompressed on the fly. Normally it's done so before the song plays and stored in your RAM. I know that the Zune software decompresses and deciphers all of the songs in an album before playing them. I don't know whether or not it caches it.
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Quote by jgbsmith
of course it decompresses it on the fly, that's how all compressed music files work. It doesn't save the decompressed file though.

not really. mp3 just doesn't include sound beyond certain frequencies.

unless you're talking about decompressing a digital file to an analogue soundwave. but then that doesn't really make sense.

maybe I'm wrong. still doesn't change the fact that those files can be played.

Quote by boreamor
But that's converting it to a worse quality... I swear FLAC is like 500 - 700 kbps.

FLAC is more than that. It's usually around the 1000kbps range. But unless you've got an amazing sound system (read: not an ipod) you aren't really going to be able to tell the difference between 320 and FLAC.
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#17
use VLC player to play .flac
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yeah, VLC player plays everything
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#20
doesn't ps3mediaserver support flac playback?

you have to have it on your laptop/pc rather than the console but it should work (I think)
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Quote by Lemoninfluence
doesn't ps3mediaserver support flac playback?

you have to have it on your laptop/pc rather than the console but it should work (I think)

w-w-w-w-wait...

I've seen this. But I've been plugging my external hard drive to the PS3. Should i... leave it plugged to the comp perhaps?
#22
If you give me a few minutes I could try it and see if it works.

EDIT: seems to work.
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#23
foobar plays it and converts it. you might need lame mp3 tho.
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#24
Try download.com or something, they probably have one.
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#26
Quote by boreamor
But that's converting it to a worse quality... I swear FLAC is like 500 - 700 kbps.

Most people in the world can't find a difference between FLAC and a 320 kbps, and you for sure won't with an iPod. I can't even tell the difference between 192 and FLAC.
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#27
Just buy the mp3 format, you're going to lose quality converting the FLAC file to an mp3 yourself, might as well save time and cut out the middleman.