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I was wondering about this, i just got new speakers and would like to try it!
where can i get some?
do i need a special player (software) for it? or can i use itunes?
how large are FLAC files? (average size)
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FLAC varies between 20mb-40mb per song, but obviously depends on how great the compression is and how long the song. You can either get it by ripping your own CD's or finding a legal download site that sells tracks in lossless (they usually come as .wav's that you can then convert).
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I dont know if iTunes will play them I have no experience with it. But to properly make FLAC files you need to start with CD's or .wav files that have not already been converted to any lossy format (mp3, wma) I use foobar 2000 to convert and to play back my FLACs. Ave size depends on what level you use when compressing them but mine ave 30-40 mb
    
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I don't think iTunes supports FLAC (but you can use their ALAC format (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) which is supported). The most popular players are probably Winamp and Foobar2000.
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You can download it (legally of course) or you can rip it from CDs. I personally use Winamp and it works great for me. iTunes is a bit easier to work with when it comes to changing information for songs but the interface is still easy to use. FLAC+Soundcard+Nice Speakers/Headphones=Sex
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30-40mb?!?
christ!
do you know a site where i can get some samples of .flac or .wav?
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Correct, iTunes does not play FLAC. I would personally use foobar2000 to play the files. It's what I use.

Your best bet to get FLAC is to get EAC (Exact Audio Copy) and make rip the cd's yourself. The only complicated thing about the process is making the first setup for EAC, setting all the correct options. But once you have done that, it is really easy to use.

The process of ripping a cd to flac is ripping to WAV first and then the flac encoder boots up and compresses the file to flac. The flac encoder starts automatically if you have it set so in the options.
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Correct, iTunes does not play FLAC. I would personally use foobar2000 to play the files. It's what I use.

Your best bet to get FLAC is to get EAC (Exact Audio Copy) and make rip the cd's yourself. The only complicated thing about the process is making the first setup for EAC, setting all the correct options. But once you have done that, it is really easy to use.

The process of ripping a cd to flac is ripping to WAV first and then the flac encoder boots up and compresses the file to flac. The flac encoder starts automatically if you have it set so in the options.
That's why I use Winamp. It rips to FLAC in one swoop. All you have to do is select FLAC and set it to whatever compression ratio you want (I set it to best quality) and let it run.
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Don't forget Foobar2000 when you want to play your FLAC tracks. Acquire them how you please, but keep it legal.
 
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FLAC varies between 20mb-40mb per song, but obviously depends on how great the compression is and how long the song. You can either get it by ripping your own CD's or finding a legal download site that sells tracks in lossless (they usually come as .wav's that you can then convert).
Ya a legal download site...
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