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so then I have to download it in that format?

those kind of files are really difficult to find though aren't they?
Or just actually buy a CD... You can very rarely find FLAC files online, but I buy all of my music, so I guess it's different.
    
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regular cd's come in flac format?
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CDs come in Bit-Perfect lossless format (I think technically they are WAV files, not positive). From there, you can compress to anything from FLAC to APE to 64kb MP3s, and everything in between. FLAC is a compression that gives you close to CD quality.
    
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^ What he said...

No but you rip them from CD it's the best you can get.
 
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so couldn't I just burn a cd of files and then re-rip them in a new format

oh nvm. ok
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As has been said previously, converting from a lossy format to a lossless format will not lead to increased audio quality, it will actually yield a decrease in quality from the conversion process. When you rip a CD to mp3, you are trimming out about 80% of the frequencies and close to 100% of the quality (in my opinion, I can't stand listening to mp3s, they grate on my ears). You can't put that stuff back by converting it to FLAC. This same logic shows how a CD created with mp3s as the tracks (converted to .cda) will never sound as good as the original CD.

If your music is on CDs, simply re-rip it using EAC in to .wav format, then use FLAC Frontend to compress it to FLAC.

Interesting fact about FLAC: being that it is a lossless compression format, you can actually reconstruct the exact bit-for-bit .wav file that was used to create it using FLAC Frontend.
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CDs come in Bit-Perfect lossless format (I think technically they are WAV files, not positive). From there, you can compress to anything from FLAC to APE to 64kb MP3s, and everything in between. FLAC is a compression that gives you close to CD quality.
OK so let me get this straight. What is the point of FLAC?

If the CD is already a lossless format. What is the point in ripping it, making it into a FLAC file (which is larger?) and putting it back on a CD just to have the same experience.

What is the need for FLAC if you have the original CD
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OK so let me get this straight. What is the point of FLAC?

If the CD is already a lossless format. What is the point in ripping it, making it into a FLAC file (which is larger?) and putting it back on a CD just to have the same experience.

What is the need for FLAC if you have the original CD
When you rip a media source [a cd] to another source [a computer] it's so that you can listen to the new file via a new form of media [burning a cd to mp3 player]. cds basically come at 100%, when you rip them to FLAC its like 93% quality, but you ask why would anyone do this and not just do WAV? Tagging, and playback.

ALAC is supported by ipods, so you can load a bunch of music to your ipod and play it fine, FLAC is about 5-8% better, but is not supported on ipods without modding.

You can find files in FLAC, but not many, mostly man stream music comes in FLAC.
FLAC files can be converted to ALAC.
You cannot upcovert mp3's to FLAC/ALAC, it will not improve the sound quality.
iTunes does not carry any files above 320kbps, when FLAC is about 1000kpbs+ and ALAC is 800kbps+
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When you rip a media source [a cd] to another source [a computer] it's so that you can listen to the new file via a new form of media [burning a cd to mp3 player]. cds basically come at 100%, when you rip them to FLAC its like 93% quality, but you ask why would anyone do this and not just do WAV? Tagging, and playback.

ALAC is supported by ipods, so you can load a bunch of music to your ipod and play it fine, FLAC is about 5-8% better, but is not supported on ipods without modding.
ahh for portable media devices silly me

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ahh for portable media devices silly me

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Some portable players [cowons, rockboxed ipod's] will support FLAC playback. but using the ipod headphone jack with ALAC or FLAC is not that great, as the tiny amp in the ipod doesn't deliver clean sound, thats why you use the LOD with car stereo or sitting at home listening
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