FLAC is a musical file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec) offering perfect copies of CDs at half the size. It is an open format with royalty-free licensing. FLAC supports album cover art, metadata tagging, and fast seeking.
If you prefer buying or downloading music in FLAC format and want to play it in iTunes, you'll be upset to find out that it doesn’t support FLAC files. In fact Apple products have not been designed to describe various types of files including FLAC.
1. Download Elmedia.
Elmedia Universal Video Player can be downloaded right here on the website. Open it afterwards and get a complete tool for video watching.
2. Play your music
To play FLAC on Mac add FLAC files to Elmedia Player. Use either of the ways listed below:
3. And then there is much more!
You can enjoy your FLAC files on Mac with Elmedia Player in addition to FLV, SWF, MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, etc.
The MP3 format is more commonly referred to as lossy, which stands for shaving off some parts of the music files, in order to decrease their size to more compact levels. It supposedly uses "psychoacoustic" in order to remove overlapping sounds, which isn’t to say that it always succeeds in it. In general, reverb, cymbals and guitars are those sounds that suffer the most from MP3 compressing, and that will end up sounding quite "crunchy" or distorted when they are over compressed.
Much like with the case of MP3, FLAC has been adopted by the music industry due to its cost-effective manner of distribution CD-or-higher-quality-music, without having the auditory problems that MP3s do. In terms of format, FLAC is lossless and closer to a ZIP file – it sounds exactly the same when unzipped. In the past, the only way of getting "lossless" files was through uncompressed CDA, CD, or WAV formats, but none of them can compare to the space-efficiency of FLAC.