Winamp 5.31 now includes Nullsoft FLAC plugins for encoding and decoding. The decoder is based on our reference decoder plugin. However the current encoder plugin is based on a pre-release of flake and we recommend to not use it for archival yet.
The new Helios X5000 HD network media player from Neodigits supports FLAC.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is making many recordings available in FLAC.
A whole new batch of devices and stores support FLAC: for portables there are the iAUDIO T2 and iAUDIO F2, TrekStor's Vibez, the Onda VX737, and the AP3000 from Green Apple. For the home stereo, Slim Devices' Transporter and Ziova's CS510 and CS505. For music in FLAC format check out digital-tunes for electronic and underground, or FestivaLink.net for live shows.
Bluedot's BMP-1430 portable supports FLAC.
AudioReQuest's new S.Series music servers support FLAC.
Cowon's A2 now supports FLAC with the latest firmware, and Olive's new Opus both plays and records to FLAC.
The new Iwod G10 portable supports FLAC.
Want some FLAC with your Volvo? Volvo's Digital Jukebox, developed with PhatNoise, is fully integrated with the car's audio system and available for the S60, V70, XC70, and S80. PhatNoise's PhatBox in 2002 was the first device to support FLAC natively and has gained a loyal following.
last updated 2006-Oct-25
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file.
FLAC is freely available and supported on most operating systems, including Windows, "unix" (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, OS X, IRIX), BeOS, OS/2, and Amiga. There are build systems for autotools, MSVC, Watcom C, and Project Builder.
See the features page for a complete list of features, or the comparison page to see how FLAC compares with other lossless codecs.
The FLAC project consists of:
When we say that FLAC is "Free" it means more than just that it is available at no cost. It means that the specification of the format is fully open to the public to be used for any purpose (the FLAC project reserves the right to set the FLAC specification and certify compliance), and that neither the FLAC format nor any of the implemented encoding/decoding methods are covered by any known patent. It also means that all the source code is available under open-source licenses. It is the first truly open and free lossless audio format. (For more information, see the license page.)
Winamp 5.31 ships with FLAC support
Volvo's Digital Jukebox plays FLAC
Live2496 now records directly to FLAC
Olive's new Symphony component supports FLAC
YME supports FLAC and Vorbis
PONTIS' MS330 supports FLAC and Vorbis
Sonos now supports FLAC and Vorbis
iAUDIO X5 portable supports FLAC and Vorbis
Squeezebox2 supports FLAC on the box
Version 1.1.2 released
Several new devices support FLAC
Escient's new FireBall E2-300 supports FLAC
New Mindawn music store offers FLAC and Vorbis
Version 1.1.1 released
The Furthur network now supports FLAC
Bonnaroo soundboard recordings available in FLAC
Metallica offers live shows in FLAC
Charlie Hunter makes select albums available in FLAC
PhatNoise's new Home Digital Media Player supports FLAC
Slim's new 'Squeezebox' supports FLAC
Primus offers live shows in FLAC
Magnatune catalog available in FLAC
New Rio Karma supports FLAC
livephish.com offers FLAC shows
ReQuest adds FLAC support
FLAC joins Xiph.org!
Version 1.1.0 released