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Offline sam

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Introduction: FLAC, the Free Lossless Audio Codec
« on: October 20, 2012, 10:04 »
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As you might have guessed from the title of this article, FLAC is an abbreviation of Free Lossless Audio Codec. The first word (“free”) should be pretty clear (it’s an open-source project), but what is a “lossless audio codec”? Well, the well-known MP3 format is an audio codec. It is used to compress raw audio data. MP3 is a so-called “lossy” codec, meaning that, for example, if you would convert a wav file to an mp3, and then convert the mp3 file back to wav, you won’t end up with the same audio data. MP3 reduces the quality of the audio while encoding. On the other hand, FLAC is “lossless”. If you would convert a wav file to a flac, and then convert the flac file back to wav, you will end up with exactly the same wav file. Nevertheless, a flac file is a lot smaller than a wav file.

http://tuts.pinehead.tv/2012/10/18/introduction-flac-the-free-lossless-audio-codec/
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Re: Introduction: FLAC, the Free Lossless Audio Codec
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 10:41 »
Yup, been using FLAC for years - just a shame bloody iTunes doesn't support it. 
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Re: Introduction: FLAC, the Free Lossless Audio Codec
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 10:53 »
It's Apple, what do you expect?
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Re: Introduction: FLAC, the Free Lossless Audio Codec
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012, 12:49 »
True...
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Re: Introduction: FLAC, the Free Lossless Audio Codec
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012, 22:55 »
The only reason I use MP3s these days, iPod. MP3 is fine though - infinitely better than WMA.
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Re: Introduction: FLAC, the Free Lossless Audio Codec
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 23:43 »
I remember those happy days.  But now Demonoid is no more.   ::)
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