The Future of FLAC
The Future of FLAC
Aug 31 2012, 17:26
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From January 2012 FLAC is being maintained by Erik de Castro Lopo under the auspices of the Xiph.org Foundation.
...but I guess this guy does not have the access to flac.soureforge.net
From an Email I sent off to Eric,
Mr Spoon wrote:
> We have been trying to find what has happened to Josh for quite a while
He's fine, just not working on FLAC anymore.
> now, we came across https://github.com/crrodriguez/flac which suggests =
> you have taken over FLAC management? is this correct?
Yes it is.
> have you taken over flac.sf.net also?
We are in the process of moving the web pages to:
Once that is done, we will ask Josh to set up a HTTP redirect on the
flac.sf.net web site.
So it seems Josh is no longer working on FLAC, I am concerned that merging into xiph might not be best for FLACs future...(it is nothing personal against xiph), FLAC has a window of opportunity to become the defacto lossless codec, but without strong management it will not (and in 4 years everything will be in Apple lossless, or some such)
I propose that a team from HA is put together and then propose to xiph that such a team take over FLACs stewardship. If you are interested put your name forward, and if the team is strong, we can propose.
This post has been edited by spoon: Aug 31 2012, 21:50
Aug 31 2012, 22:09
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Strangely the flac development stopped around the same time it became widely supported in hardware mediaplayers like the Squeezebox line.
I wonder if it simply needed to much effort with these already and Mr. Coalson simply felt he spends to much time.
There are several other minor things that come to my mind.
Much flac is sold as hires music while there isn´t even a Replaygain implementation for the higher sampling rates included in metaflac.
Also over time i often did read problems with the way flac integrates into the Windows OS. People have problems with metadata in
Explorer or the standard flac frontend doesn´t work at all.
Over time there also were some efforts to optimize the use of modern resources like a very impressing Open-CL implementation or a multi-threaded built.
It would really be nice to get all these things together somehow and make a simple to use package.
Me as Hydrogen pinhead has no problem to make all these features usable to me but for some average user it is most likely already to annoying.
ALAC is in itunes, needs no additional effort if someone uses it and its TAGs are already recognized in every OS AFAIK.
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