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How many people here use F.L.A.C? Answered

How many users on instructables here have flac albums on their computer? I rip all my cd's to flac, some say there isn't a difference between FLAC and mp3, but I say there is. I hate the distorted sound of an MP3, especially with fast paced rock music.

There is IN FACT a huge difference people, and FLAC files are more like a Zip file, where when you extract the information, it is identical to the information you compressed the Zip file from. With an Mp3, the Mp3 encoder removes "information" it deems isn't nessesary, according to how you set the quality settings. It actually removes noise and musical notes from your music, set your encoder's bitrate low enough and you'll see what I mean.

Your average Mp3 is anywhere between 96kbps and 320kbps. The FLAC file I have playing in the screenshot peaks out around 1200kbps, that's a huge difference if you ask me, and allows for a lot more "head-room" in the song itself. 

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

.  If you have the hardware to handle it, then, yes, FLAC (being lossless) will sound better (all other things being equal). But, as c'dad hints at, most ppl who are using MP3 don't have the hardware to take advantage of a lossless format.
.  Few ppl can tell the difference between hi-quality MP3 and FLAC without making an A-B comparison; fewer yet care. Kick out the jams!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

.  Nice find. I didn't think there would be a SFW version and didn't even look.

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jedi pen-gui-n
jedi pen-gui-n

11 years ago

I do. When my cd player broke, i ripped all my CD's to FLAC instead of buying a new cd player. I just have to connect my computer to my sterio to play them.

(by the way, JetAudio http://www.jetaudio.com/ is a great FLAC player.) 

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

Reply 11 years ago

 Good idea, I still have MORE of my parent's cds to rip, but I took a big stab at it one day and 200 cds later... I'm out of disk space :(

That jetaudio looks promising, I'll check it out.

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jedi pen-gui-n
jedi pen-gui-n

Reply 11 years ago

yeah, they make a mp3 player too, Which is what I'm using to play cd's now that I moved my computer.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

11 years ago

I'm afraid my Dell computer speakers are probably not up to snuff to notice the difference, no subwoofer either.  Does an ipod take FLAC?

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

Reply 11 years ago

 I think if you install a custom copy of linux on your ipod you can, but that's for the older ipods. The newer ipods/ipod touch I have no idea. Even if it could decode the flac file, I doubt the sound quality of ipod hardware is the greatest compared to a full blown creative sound card such as the one I have.

By the way, I forgot to mention I have about 280 FLAC albums, full CD. That takes a nice 74gb sized chunk out of my hard disk.... The funny thing is my mp3 library only takes up 56gb, yet I have around 720 full CDs

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 11 years ago

The funny thing is...you probably have no backup.