FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, and it is an audio compression format like MP3, but while MP3 uses a “lossy” compression, which basically discard audio information that humans can’t hear, FLAC uses a lossless compression, which will not change the quality of the compressed audio. This means that if you rip an Audio CD track to a FLAC file, that file will retain the same quality of the original (CD quality), like a WAV file, but it will take less space. The technical strengths of FLAC compared to other lossless formats lie in its ability to be streamed and decoded quickly, independent of compression level.

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