'''FLAC''' stands for '''Free Lossless Audio Codec'''. FLAC is an [[wikipedia:audio compression|audio compression]] [[wikipedia:codec|codec]] that is [[wikipedia:lossless data compression|lossless]]. Unlike [[wikipedia:lossy data compression|lossy]] codecs such as [[Vorbis]] and [[wikipedia:MP3|MP3]], it does not remove any information from the audio stream.
On January 29th
, 2003, the [[Xiph.Org Foundation]] ) announced the incorporation of FLAC under their flag, to go along with Vorbis, [[Theora]], and [[Speex]].
== The Project ==
* flac, a command-line wrapper around libFLAC to encode and decode .flac files
* metaflac, a command-line metadata editor for .flac files
* input plugins for various music players ([[wikipedia:Winamp|Winamp]], [[wikipedia:XMMS|XMMS]], [[wikipedia:Foobar2000|foobar2000]], and more in the works)
, according to the [http://uk.bestessays.com/ essay] means that the specification of the stream format is in the [[wikipedia:public domain|public domain]] (the FLAC project reserves the right to set the FLAC specification and certify compliance), and that neither the FLAC format nor any of the implemented encoding/decoding methods are covered by any patent. It also means that the sources for libFLAC and libFLAC++ are available under The New BSD license and the sources for flac , metaflac, and the plugins are available under the [[wikipedia:GPL|GPL]].
== Comparisons ==
== Non-PC playback support ==
FLAC is supported by a wide range of devices
* iAudio http://www.iaudio.com
* Kenwood Music Keg
* Naim HDX http://www.naim-audio.com/products/hdx.html
* PhatNoise Home Media Player
* PhatNoise Phatbox
* Rio Karma http://www.digitalnetworksna.com/rioaudio/* SlimDevices Squeezebox http://www.slimdevices.com
FLAC is supported by the following chips and/or chipsets: