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FLAC Audio Format gets First Update in 6 Years

The Free Lossless Audio Codec, FLAC, loved by audiophiles for it’s lossless fidelity has been updated to version 1.3.0. FLAC is an audio format similar to MP3, but “lossless”, meaning that audio compressed in FLAC doesn’t suffer any loss in quality. Technically, MP3 is lower quality, since it’s lost data from its original format. FLAC v1.3.0 is the first update in almost 6 years and it is also the first release from the new Xiph.Org maintainer team.

Storing your music in a lossless format has its own advantages. It’s certainly the best digital representation of your music.

FLAC 1.3.0 has improved the handling of cuesheets with non-CD-DA sample rates, it has added support for encoding from and decoding to the RF64 and Sony Wave64 formats. The –sector-align option of FLAC has been deprecated and support has been added 56kHz to 192kHz gain analysis. Better error handling has also been added to this release amongst many other improvements and changes.

The development of the Free Lossless Audio Codec has been moved to the Xiph.org git repository. Details about this release can be found in the official changelog.