The tutorial article below is mainly discussing the followings:
FLAC Audio Brief Introduction
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, as what it indicates, lossless is the most important feature of FLAC. FLAC file is a file which contains audio samples compressed with the FLAC audio encoding algorithm, which is a very good, open source, lossless, audio codec.
FLAC and MP3 Comparison
As one of the popular and lossless audio formats, FLAC is always used to compare with another very common audio format in use, which is MP3. So let’s have a closer look at these two audio formats from different aspects.
The biggest difference: FLAC is lossless while MP3 is lossy. Lossless audio formats keep all the audio quality of the original source while lossy one compress the files for space savings, therefore, the sound quality will be slightly affected in this case.
Since FLAC is lossless as mentioned above, which keeps all the audio quality of the original source and makes FLAC the ideal audio format to store your music in lossless style. On the contrary, MP3 is a lossy but common audio format around. It’s well-supported by a lot of music download sites and portable devices, MP3 is definitely No.1 for the audiences if people are talking about the music thing.
The similarity of these two formats? That’s actually very easy to figure out, both FLAC and MP3 are free!
Portable FLAC Lossless Music Players
The only a few disadvantages that people can think about FLAC is unlike MP3 has a lot of support from both software and hardware vendors(especially the latter), FLAC is unfortunately not wildly supported. And this is exactly our main topic today: the introduction of some portable FLAC lossless music players for your reference – the perfect support of FLAC from the hardware vendor sides.
SanDisk Clip Sport Series – a well-designed, light-weighted and sound-quality-oriented MP3 player but can also play FLAC seamlessly. SanDisk is an American manufacturer of flash memory products, including memory cards and readers, USB flash drives, and solid state drives. It was established in 1988 and added the native FLAC support to their MP3 player as early as in 2009. SanDisk Clip Sport and SanDisk Clip Sport Plus are their two player models now have the perfect FLAC support.
SanDisk Clip Sport currently has 4GB and 8GB capacity available and with up to 5 color options as well. And the most important, with FLAC support and other audio formats like MP3, WMA (NO DRM), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and Audible (DRM only). Price starts from $39.99 for 4GB model.
SanDisk Clip Sport Plus is the advanced version of SanDisk Clip Sport and with the max capacity up to 16GB plus FLAC support as well as other audio formats mentioned above. Price is very reasonably set as $79.99.
Cowon PLENUE 2 and Cowon PLENUE M2 from JetAudio – another great FLAC portable player twins just like SanDisk. Cowon PLENUE 2 and Cowon PLENUE M2 provide high definition sound quality and evolution beyond your imagination. These are high-everything FLAC portable players with 24bit/192kHz high definition sound, highest performance Burr-Brown PCM1795DAC, high performance amplifier and high speed128GB internal memory.
Not mention the powerful support of FLAC and other popular audio formats like DXD/DSD(DFF, DSF), FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, APE, MP3, WMA, OGG, WV,TTA, DCF etc.
COWON Plenue M2 32GB Black currently is selling for $134.99. Price is obviously higher than SanDisk but with bigger and better screen, bigger capacity, excellent FLAC support and industry-like outfit design.
Desktop FLAC Audio Player
The FLAC support from software side is relatively stronger than the portable side. When you search around you can actually find a few nice players that are able to play FLAC audio format. Among them, Leawo Blu-ray Player is probably the best one, it’s free, it can play FLAC audio and many others more and it can play videos and discs as well in various popular formats.
Please just refer to the easy tutorial guide below to learn how to play FLAC audio in this multi-functional player.
Step 1: Download Leawo Blu-ray Player as an FLAC player directly from it’s official site below and launch it, you will see the main interface like this.
Step 2: Import FLAC file you have and adjust the related settings like Playback, Audio Output, DVD/Blu-ray Output, etc. if necessary.
Or you can associate other audio formats like IFO, VOB, EVO in File Associations tab located on the left so this player will play those selected formats automatically next time when you click them to play. You can always change the association file later by returning to this associations tab to make the changes.
Step 3: After the settings completed, you can play and enjoy FLAC audio file playback right inside this player and don’t forget to share your user experience on Facebook to get another Leawo product for free.