what is FLAC?
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, butlossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality.
It is a music format that offers true CD quality and is playable on everything from Sonos to iOS.
FLAC has a place in the future for high-quality audio. It is good for transporting files on the Internet as it typically halves download time. It is unlikely that for lossless compression there will be significant improvements
What’s the difference between MP3 and FLAC?
MP3 is a lossy format, which means parts of the music are shaved off to reduce the file size to a more compact level. It is supposed to use “psychoacoustics” to delete overlapping sounds, but it isn’t always successful. Typically, cymbals, reverb and guitars are the sounds most affected by MP3 compression and can sound really distorted or “crunchy” when poorly ripped or overly compressed.
Like MP3 before it, FLAC has been embraced by the music industry as a cost-effective way to distribute CD-or-better-quality music, and it doesn’t have the auditory problems of MP3s. FLAC is lossless and more like a ZIP file — theoretically, it comes out sounding the same when it is unzipped. In hi-fi terms, MP3 is to Sony’s MiniDisc format as FLAC is to CD.