FLAC is the go-to format for selling non-DSD high-resolution downloads. It's also often used for CD
resolution download sales. Apple still stubbornly won't support FLAC as standard to iTunes, so
sellers of high-resolution must also offer ALAC versions (mainly a sale-backend PITA, not really a
PITA to convert WAV to yet another lossless format).
Having used FLAC files for years, both creating them and purchasing them, I cannot hear any
difference from WAV. One of the audiophile magazines, I think Absolute Sound, presented some
subjective listening opinions claiming to hear the difference between FLAC and WAV played with one
of the non-free playback programs. I cannot hear any difference using Foobar 2000 on Windows XP and
Windows 7 platforms, Same for using the Logitech Squeezebox Touch music streamer, digital output
going to my Benchmark DAC/preamp. I have most of my CD's ripped to a FLAC archive, mostly listened
to across the network, either via the Squeezebox in the main system or streaming to various other
devices via ethernet or wifi.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 4:40 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Is it time to rethink FLAC ?
> Hello, all,
> Peter Kurilecz posted this following article to the Society of American Archivists listserve:
> It is about Harvard using forensic techniques to image obsolete media and then extract the data.
> One interesting piece of software was mentioned: XENA from the National Archives of Australia. The
> Wikipedia article states:
> MP3, WAV, AIFF, and OGG formats are converted to FLAC files.
> Hence the subject of this post. When did FLAC files become the go-to standard? It appears that the
> XENA Wiki confirms this:
> At one point (many years ago, DSpace software (or at least the Univ of Toronto implementation
> thereof) converted audio to MP3. I hope they have changed their practice.
> Any thoughts?
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.