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32-bit support, Split from: "The Future of FLAC"
post Aug 31 2012, 22:21
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QUOTE (yourlord @ Aug 31 2012, 21:26) *
32-bit support

QUOTE (sshd @ Aug 31 2012, 22:16) *
>2G support

Both of these are important.

I was glad to see that in audio editing/music making software FLAC gained a lot of support in the last couple of years. I'd say right now most support at least importing FLAC.
But 32bit float is used a lot in audio editing, so FLAC could definitely improve there.

Also, I remember reading once that FLAC is too loosely defined (compared to ALAC where the rules are more strict regarding number of channels etc.). Don't know much about that stuff myself, but if it's true it's worth looking into. Hardware/software manufacturers want a reliable standard to work with.
EDIT2: found it

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post Sep 3 2012, 00:12
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I'd say it is a lesser evil to jump on the supporting-way-too-uselessly-high-resolutions bandwagon than having to resort to a “yeah, conversion to FLAC will be lossy but it will be audibly transparent”.

Breaking the lossless-is-lossless maxim is bad. Breaking compatibility is bad. Supporting insane wordlengths / samplerates / #of channels is peanuts in comparison.
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