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eahm
post Jun 23 2012, 18:03
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I am trying to understand why is FLAC standardizing in the lossless world? Reading here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of...chnical_details isn't True Audio more future proof? All these channels and huge range, isn't it the "best" option for the next "100 years"?

If one day everyone will start using FLAC, will there be a way to expand the number of channels available? For expample the "new new" 12.1 Surround System or whatever they will come up with.

Just some thoughts, don't want to get anyone upset, I use FLAC and I love it.

Thanks.

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post Jun 24 2012, 19:01
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I'm late to the discussion so I am starting with earlier points in this thread.

I think FLAC is widespread because it had a head-start and probably a decent trademark name (Free Lossless...)

Future-proof is something that is never guaranteed with any software, but since most these lossless codecs are free I remind users the terms of use in the license usually says "author is not liable for any [bad things]"

It was mentioned the high number of multichannel capability is limited. I agree that quadraphonic and A-DVD are a tiny market (in some ways just the same fraction of mass-appeal as wearing 3d glasses in movies). Also, the "each instrument in the orchestra on a separate track" was something I initially thought was interesting until the real problems of software support and updating a huge monolithic file for minor changes to one track, so it seems better to stick with mono files in this regard.

One-codec-for-all is a common quest that I was better off ditching. For me, I can easily distinguish which audio files pertain to which files/projects I work with. I say: use all of them and use them for their individual merits and rule the galaxy.


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post Jun 24 2012, 20:06
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@ Destroid: a few good points, although I don't think the headstart can explain why FLAC got the upper hand on the .ape and the .wv, which were earlier.



Apart from that, at the risk of running off-topic:

QUOTE (Destroid @ Jun 24 2012, 20:01) *
Future-proof is something that is never guaranteed with any software, but since most these lossless codecs are free I remind users the terms of use in the license usually says "author is not liable for any [bad things]"


That is common regardless of cost, regardless of open/closed source, and regardless of libre/non-libre license.


QUOTE (Destroid @ Jun 24 2012, 20:01) *
One-codec-for-all is a common quest that I was better off ditching. For me, I can easily distinguish which audio files pertain to which files/projects I work with. I say: use all of them and use them for their individual merits and rule the galaxy.


Myself, I use WavPack for files ripped from CDs with pre-emphasis – simply because it is different. Yes they are tagged, they have a unique glyph at the end of the file name, but they also have a different file format. Because I want them to be easily distinguishable even if I should accidentally hit some wrong buttons in MP3Tag.


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- eahm   Why’s FLAC ‘the’ lossless codec? Is it future-proof(able)? Comparisons   Jun 23 2012, 18:03
- - saratoga   If people wanted more channels they'd just upd...   Jun 23 2012, 19:04
- - Debby747   I use and prefer WavPack for its features. The re...   Jun 23 2012, 19:26
- - lvqcl   Why care about future? FLAC is lossless and DRM-fr...   Jun 23 2012, 19:51
- - felix26591   I don't know about the channels, but flac is i...   Jun 23 2012, 20:39
|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (felix26591 @ Jun 23 2012, 21:39) I...   Jun 23 2012, 20:43
|- - 2012   QUOTE (Kohlrabi @ Jun 23 2012, 20:43) QUO...   Jun 23 2012, 21:55
- - eahm   QUOTE (Debby747 @ Jun 23 2012, 11:26) I u...   Jun 23 2012, 20:48
|- - skamp   QUOTE (eahm @ Jun 23 2012, 21:48) In my o...   Jun 23 2012, 21:07
||- - IgorC   QUOTE (skamp @ Jun 23 2012, 17:07) Techni...   Jun 23 2012, 23:22
||- - skamp   QUOTE (IgorC @ Jun 24 2012, 00:22) Is 3%...   Jun 24 2012, 08:53
||- - Porcus   @ Greynol: you don't seem to get the point. I ...   Jun 24 2012, 10:57
|||- - greynol   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jun 24 2012, 02:57) @ Gre...   Jun 24 2012, 17:28
||- - Dario   QUOTE (skamp @ Jun 23 2012, 22:07) Techni...   Jun 24 2012, 16:36
|||- - greynol   QUOTE (Dario @ Jun 24 2012, 08:36) The co...   Jun 24 2012, 17:31
|||- - Porcus   QUOTE (greynol @ Jun 24 2012, 18:31) QUOT...   Jun 24 2012, 18:04
||- - skamp   QUOTE (IgorC @ Jun 24 2012, 00:22) Is 3%...   Jun 25 2012, 09:31
||- - skamp   QUOTE (skamp @ Jun 25 2012, 10:31) Well, ...   Jun 25 2012, 11:46
|- - db1989   QUOTE (eahm @ Jun 23 2012, 20:48) QUOTE (...   Jun 23 2012, 21:28
- - lvqcl   IMO a codec that supports 4GHz samplerate is not b...   Jun 23 2012, 21:08
- - Porcus   If I were dictator and could order specifications ...   Jun 23 2012, 21:50
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jun 23 2012, 21:50) First...   Jun 23 2012, 22:26
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jun 23 2012, 13:50) (AFAI...   Jun 23 2012, 22:49
||- - Porcus   QUOTE (greynol @ Jun 23 2012, 23:49) QUOT...   Jun 23 2012, 23:28
|- - bryant   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jun 23 2012, 12:50) I hav...   Jun 24 2012, 22:47
|- - Porcus   @ Bryant: Thanks for enlightening. And well ma...   Jun 25 2012, 01:01
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- - yourlord   FLAC was early on the scene. Performance is good e...   Jun 24 2012, 01:01
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- - Takla   That's fine but most people, even music lovers...   Jun 24 2012, 02:52
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|- - Porcus   QUOTE (IgorC @ Jun 24 2012, 19:21) Those ...   Jun 24 2012, 18:52
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (Porcus @ Jun 24 2012, 14:52) That...   Jun 24 2012, 18:57
- - greynol   Thanks. I see 6% there, not 8% though. Re: Old r...   Jun 24 2012, 18:23
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||- - greynol   QUOTE (IgorC @ Jun 24 2012, 11:53) FLAC/T...   Jun 24 2012, 20:03
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|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Dario @ Jun 24 2012, 21:21) Well, ...   Jun 24 2012, 21:25
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