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What is FLAC and why do some people prefer it to MP3?
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It's an audio file format written by Josh Coalson and Ed Whitney which was further developed by Xiph.Org Foundation. It was first released on July 20, 2001 with the latest version (1.2.1) released last September 17, 2007. FLAC is the most popular and most supported lossless audio file format. Still, lossless audio file formats really did not gain much popularity due to its files remaining large even after compression; which is why there arose a need to convert FLAC to MP3, the audio file format preferred by many people and the most widely supported audio file format in the world.
Why choose FLAC anyway?
Audio on original CD tracks is recorded without using compression techniques. This means file sizes of these songs are pretty big. Live recordings of concerts or music events will also produce a very large file. Audiophiles who want to compress these original CD tracks or recordings but still want their music to retain the quality of its original recording use lossless audio file formats such as FLAC to compress their music. As its name suggests, lossless audio file formats are compressions of original audio recordings which do not lose much of the original's audio quality due to the format's algorithm compressing data only up to the point that it can be perfectly reconstituted back into the original. Thus, any compression done by lossless audio converters do not present any decrease in audio quality, making audiophiles prefer lossless audio formats over lossy audio formats (such as MP3).
What is the difference between lossless and lossy audio file formats anyway?
The main difference is in the way each file format compresses audio files. While lossless audio converters compresses audio files only up to a point where it can be reconstituted back to its original form, lossy audio converters compresses audio files by discarding bits of audio data it considers too faint or too negligible to be heard by the human ear; which is why if you convert FLAC to MP3, you will achieve greater compression rates but at the expense of decreased audio quality. However, by doing so, you achieve greatly compressed file sizes that allow you to put hundreds even thousands of songs on CDs or MP3 players; and unless you're a music buff or an audio expert, you'd hardly notice the difference between an MP3 recording and the original.
How to convert FLAC to MP3
It's fairly easy to convert FLAC to MP3 these days. All you need is an audio converter specifically designed to convert FLAC into MP3 and you can easily change any FLAC file you have into MP3. Most audio converters nowadays are also universal converters; able to convert multiple audio formats vice-versa. Just download any audio converter of your choice (there are free and there are licensed software), install it, and then run the application. When prompted, choose the FLAC files you want to convert (batch conversion can also be done) and click OK. Check your settings to choose which audio format you want your FLAC files to convert into (in this case MP3) and select audio quality (in bit rates). Then just click encode or OK and you should have your FLAC files converted into MP3 easily.
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