Ditto on the thanks to Dave Rice. I have learned quite a bit about this topic today. I still won't
use FLAC as my primary PCM-write format, but I use it all over my house and studio as a backup and
It's also worth noting, along the lines of what Paul Stamlber said, that because FLAC files reduce
the storage need per second of audio, it's a great format for transmission and also for the new
generation of portable players such as by Sony, Pono and A&K.
Given that no other major company except Apple seems to have patent-lawyer issues with FLAC's
open-source-ness, I will opine that this is a phantom menace created by Apple to justify sticking
with their proprietary lossless format. If lossless downloads ever catch on mass-market with Amazon
and Google, it's more likely that Apple gadgets and computers will deal with FLAC natively, and less
likely that mass-market retailers will go to the trouble of selling proprietary ALAC alongside
open-source FLAC. For what it's worth, on a modern (circa 2013) Windows 7 Lenovo workstation,
ripping a CD to FLAC using dBPowerAmp takes less than 1/4 the time of ripping the same CD to ALAC in
the latest iTunes for Windows.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 1:46 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] another file format question
> Hi, Tom,
> iZotope has an option to save all metadata (as apparently does FLAC (the container)). Otherwise,
> only metadata the program knows about is saved.
> Hi, Dave,
> One thing we have is the ability to embed MD5 checksums in WAV files with the custom-written
> software BWFMETAEDIT. However, I have found this software a bit problematic from time to time. It
> was sponsored by a US Federal Government initiative.
> Thanks for the further insight. This was the type of discussion I was hoping to engender when I
> posted the original message.
> On 2015-05-18 1:25 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Hi Dave Rice, et al:
>> Another question about the WAV file format. Why is dBPowerAmp's CD
>> ripper able to write tag metadata to WAV files, and all of my various
>> player software able to read them (Foobar2000, iTunes for Windows,
>> Logitech server and player software), but if I open the WAV file in Sony
>> Soundforge, do anything to it and then save it, the tag information is
>> gone? Also, someone I sent one of these WAV files claimed his software
>> -- either Protools or Logic -- said the file was "corrupted." So what's
>> going on there? Soundforge and Harrison Mixbus software for Windows have
>> no trouble opening these WAV files, but seem to discard the tag info or
>> at least don't save it when work has been done on the file.
>> -- Tom Fine
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