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52                 Since FLAC is supported by so many different programs, it can be a daunting task for the new user to choose a suitable program.  This page will walk you through the steps.  First, choose your operating system:
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54                         <li><a href="#windows">Windows</a></li>
55                         <li><a href="#osx">Mac OS X</a></li>
56                         <li><a href="#unix">Linux, *BSD, and other Unixes</a></li>
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70                 <br />
71                 <b>Using iTunes</b>?  Sorry, due to iTunes' design we can't add FLAC support; <a href="itunes.html">ask Apple to support FLAC!</a><br />
72                 <br />
73                 <b>If you want to play FLAC files</b>, here is how with some popular players:
74                 <ul>
75                         <li><b>Windows Media Player (WMP)</b> - Microsoft does not make it easy, but it is possible if you follow this guide: <a href="http://www.losslessaudioblog.com/wmpmce-lossless-guide/">How to add FLAC support to Windows Media Player</a></li>
76                         <li><a href="http://winamp.com/"><b>Winamp</b></a> - Winamp plays FLAC out of the box since version 5.31 if you download the Full version (not Lite).</li>
77                         <li><a href="http://dbpoweramp.com/dbpoweramp.htm"><b>dbPowerAMP Audio Player</b></a> - Install the <a href="http://www.dbpoweramp.com/codec-central-flac.htm">FLAC plugin</a>.</li>
78                         <li><a href="http://www.jrmediacenter.com/"><b>Media Center</b></a>/<a href="http://www.mediajukebox.com/"><b>Media Jukebox</b></a> - Install the <a href="http://mcplugins.sourceforge.net/in_flac.html">in_FLAC plugin</a>.</li>
79                         <li><a href="http://mediamonkey.com/"><b>MediaMonkey</b></a> - Plays FLAC out of the box.</li>
80                         <li>(<a href="download.html#extras_players_windows">more</a>)</li>
81                 </ul>
82                 <b>If you want to rip CDs to FLAC</b>, here is a short list of the most popular programs.  Experts generally prefer EAC for the most accurate ripping.  dbPowerAMP also does a fine job and is easier to set up.
83                 <ul>
84                         <li><b>Windows Media Player (WMP)</b> - Sorry, Microsoft has made it impossible to rip to FLAC in WMP; hopefully this will change eventually.</li>
85                         <li><a href="http://winamp.com/"><b>Winamp</b></a> - Winamp can rip to FLAC out of the box since version 5.31 if you download the Full version (not Lite).</li>
86                         <li><a href="http://dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm"><b>dbPowerAMP Music Converter</b></a> - Install the <a href="http://www.dbpoweramp.com/codec-central-flac.htm">FLAC plugin</a>.</li>
87                         <li><a href="http://www.jrmediacenter.com/"><b>Media Center</b></a>/<a href="http://www.mediajukebox.com/"><b>Media Jukebox</b></a> - Install the <a href="http://mcplugins.sourceforge.net/enc_flac.html">Enc_FLAC plugin</a>.</li>
88                         <li><a href="http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/"><b>Exact Audio Copy (EAC)</b></a> - First <a href="http://cyberial.com/flacinstaller.asp">install the official FLAC tools</a>, then follow <a href="http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=EAC_and_Flac">this guide</a>.  EAC is notoriously complex so here are some other guides: <a href="http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=30959">guide</a> <a href="http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?EACBeginners">guide</a> <a href="http://www.saunalahti.fi/cse/EAC/index.html">guide</a> <a href="http://www.teqnilogik.com/tutorials/eac.htm">guide</a>.  EAC can also be set up with <a href="http://www.legroom.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Open_Source&file=index&page=software&app=autoflac">AutoFLAC</a>, <a href="http://omniencoder.autobotcity.net/">Omni Encoder</a>, or <a href="http://mareo.netfirms.com/">MAREO</a> to rip to FLAC or multiple formats at once.</li>
89                         <li><a href="http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/"><b>CDex</b></a> - First <a href="http://cyberial.com/flacinstaller.asp">install the official FLAC tools</a>, then follow <a href="http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/cdextip.html">this guide</a>.</li>
90                         <li>(<a href="download.html#extras_gui_windows">more</a>)</li>
91                 </ul>
92                 <b>If you want to burn FLAC files to CD</b>, here is a short list of the most popular programs:
93                 <ul>
94                         <li><b>Windows Media Player (WMP)</b> - Sorry, Microsoft has made it impossible to burn FLAC to CD in WMP; hopefully this will change eventually.</li>
95                         <!-- works?
96                         <li><a href="http://winamp.com/"><b>Winamp</b></a> - Winamp can rip to FLAC out of the box since version 5.31 if you download the Full version (not Lite).</li>
97                         -->
98                         <li><a href="http://dbpoweramp.com/cdwriter.htm"><b>dbPowerAMP CD Writer</b></a> - Install the <a href="http://www.dbpoweramp.com/codec-central-flac.htm">FLAC plugin</a>.</li>
99                         <li><a href="http://www.burrrn.net/?page_id=4"><b>Burrrn</b></a> - Supports burning from FLAC out of the box.</li>
100                         <li>(<a href="download.html#extras_burning_windows">more</a>)</li>
101                 </ul>
102                 <b>If you want to convert audio files to/from FLAC</b>, there are quite a few programs:
103                 <ul>
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105                         <li><b>Windows Media Player (WMP)</b> - Sorry, Microsoft has made it impossible to burn FLAC to CD in WMP; hopefully this will change eventually.</li>
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107                         <li><a href="http://winamp.com/"><b>Winamp</b></a> - Winamp can convert to/from FLAC out of the box since version 5.31 if you download the Full version (not Lite).</li>
108                         <li><a href="http://dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm"><b>dbPowerAMP Music Converter</b></a> - Install the <a href="http://www.dbpoweramp.com/codec-central-flac.htm">FLAC plugin</a>.</li>
109                         <li>FLAC Frontend - A simple GUI that comes in our <a href="http://cyberial.com/flacinstaller.asp">FLAC Installer</a> for Windows.  Also includes our <a href="documentation_tools.html">command-line programs</a> for converting FLAC files and editing metadata.</li>
110                         <li><a href="http://foobar2000.org/"><b>foobar2000</b></a> - A swiss army knife that supports FLAC out of the box.</li>
111                         <li><a href="http://mediamonkey.com/"><b>MediaMonkey</b></a></li>
112                         <li>(<a href="download.html#extras_gui_windows">more</a>)</li>
113                 </ul>
114                 <b>If you want to edit the tags in FLAC files</b>:
115                 <ul>
116                         <li><a href="http://www.mp3tag.de/en/index.html"><b>mp3tag</b></a> - A free tag editor which supports editing tags, autotagging from online databases, cover art, and more.</li>
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130                 <br />
131                 <b>Using iTunes</b>?  Sorry, due to iTunes' design we can't add FLAC support; <a href="itunes.html">ask Apple to support FLAC!</a><br />
132                 <br />
133                 <b>If you want to play FLAC files</b>, here is how with some popular players:
134                 <ul>
135                         <li><a href="http://cogosx.sourceforge.net/">Cog</a></li>
136                         <li><a href="http://arcticlounge.com/maltx/">MacAmp Lite X</a></li>
137                         <li><a href="http://www.songbirdnest.com/">Songbird</a></li>
138                         <li><a href="http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html">VLC</a></li>
139                         <li>(<a href="download.html#extras_players_osx">more</a>)</li>
140                 </ul>
141                 <b>If you want to rip CDs to FLAC</b>, there are a few options:
142                 <ul>
143                         <li>Roxio's <a href="http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/index.jhtml">Toast 7 Titanium</a>.</li>
144                         <li><a href="http://sbooth.org/Max/">Max</a>.</li>
145                 </ul>
146                 <b>If you want to burn FLAC files to CD</b>:
147                 <ul>
148                         <li>Roxio's <a href="http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/index.jhtml">Toast 7 Titanium</a>.</li>
149                 </ul>
150                 <b>If you want to convert audio files to/from FLAC</b>:
151                 <ul>
152                         <li>Roxio's <a href="http://www.roxio.com/en/products/toast/index.jhtml">Toast 7 Titanium</a>.</li>
153                         <li><a href="http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Audio/MacFLAC.shtml">MacFLAC</a>.  Also includes our <a href="documentation_tools.html">command-line programs</a> for converting FLAC files and editing metadata.</li>
154                         <li><a href="http://www.chaoticsoftware.com/ProductPages/MediaRage.html">MediaRage</a> can edit FLAC tags.</li>
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168         In the Unix world, FLAC support is quite widespread and it's usually only a matter of installing packages, so here are a few pointers.  See the <a href="links.html#software">software links section</a> for many more.<br />
169                 <br />
170                 <b>To play FLAC files</b>:
171                 <ul>
172                         <li><a href="http://alsaplayer.org/">AlsaPlayer</a></li>
173                         <li><a href="http://www.giantdisc.org/">GiantDisc</a>: Linux jukebox + Palm remote</li>
174                         <li><a href="http://www.mplayerhq.hu/">MPlayer</a></li>
175                         <li><a href="http://muine.gooeylinux.org/">Muine</a>: a music player for GNOME</li>
176                         <li><a href="http://musik.berlios.de/">Musik</a>: an open-source, cross-platform multimedia player and library</li>
177                         <li><a href="http://www.videolan.org/">VideoLAN</a> client</li>
178                         <li><a href="http://xine.sourceforge.net/">Xine</a> multimedia player</li>
179                         <li><a href="http://www.amb.org/xmcd/">xmcd</a>: X CD player</li>
180                         <li><a href="http://www.xmms.org/">XMMS</a>: X MultiMedia System</li>
181                         <li>(<a href="links.html#software">more</a>)</li>
182                 </ul>
183                 <b>To rip CDs to FLAC</b>:
184                 <ul>
185                         <li><a href="http://www.nostatic.org/grip/">Grip</a> is a great ripping and encoding front end and can be easily configured to use flac.  See <a href="http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=1634089&amp;forum_id=5443">this message</a> on how to configure Grip for FLAC.</li>
186                         <li><a href="http://www.amb.org/xmcd/">xmcd</a> is a CD ripper with CDDB support as well as a player.</li>
187                         <li>(<a href="links.html#software">more</a>)</li>
188                 </ul>
189                 <b>To burn FLAC files to CD</b>, here is a short list of the most popular programs:
190                 <ul>
191                         <li><a href="http://arson.sourceforge.net/">Arson</a>: KDE ripper/burner</li>
192                         <li><a href="http://www.k3b.org/">K3B</a>: CD/DVD creator for Linux</li>
193                         <li>(<a href="links.html#software">more</a>)</li>
194                 </ul>
195                 <b>To convert audio files to/from FLAC</b>, there are quite a few programs:
196                 <ul>
197                         <li>Official <a href="download.html">FLAC tools</a> have the command-line programs.</li>
198                         <li>(<a href="links.html#software">more</a>)</li>
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