FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed without any loss in quality: you get a perfect copy of your CD tracks, but with files significantly smaller than wav files or aiff files.
There are many ways to play FLAC-files purchased from GubeMusic, whether you're using a computer, portable device or a network capable hi-fi stereo.
Here are a couple of suggestions:
Computer playback software
Computer playback hardware
There are many available DACs (Digital-to-analog converter) which enables you to play back high quality FLAC audio on your hi-fi using USB, Firewire or your home network. See your local dealer for further advice.
Check out the official Flac homepage at SourceForge for a non-exhaustive list of products.
FLAC files are audio files that have been compressed, but without any loss of the original audio information.
Common audio file formats such as mp3 or AAC (lossy compression formats) achieve their small file sizes by reducing accuracy of certain parts of the audio that are considered to be beyond the auditory resolution ability of most people
FLAC has a compression rate of 30 to 50%. Lossy compression formats can achieve compression rates of up to 80%, but the higher the percentage rate, the more audio information is lost.
At GubeMusic, our mp3s are encoded with the LAME encoder using high quality settings with VBR. For some people this will be enough, as they only listen to music on their mp3 players, mobile phones or computers.
However, FLAC is the file format for the true music lover. FLAC retains 100 per cent of the audio information when taken from a CD. Which means that when you burn FLAC to CD, you get genuine CD quality audio.
More and more hi-fi manufacturers are adding FLAC capabilities to their equipment, and FLAC is becoming a standard feature of audio equipment.