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'''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 2003 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)
"Free", 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, and metaflacapplications, and the plugins are available under the [[wikipedia:GPL|GPL]].
== Comparisons ==
== Non-PC playback support ==
FLAC is supported by a wide range of devices such as. The [[PortablePlayers#Portable Vorbis Native Support Table|portable players Vorbis support matrix]] also contains information about FLAC support. Other examples of FLAC supporting devices are:
* [[PortablePlayers/Flash#Cowon.2FiAudio_D2.2C_F2.2C_T2.2C_U3.2C_U2.2C_G3.2C_5.2C_G2.2C_U5.2C_7|iAudio ]]: http://www.iaudio.com
* Kenwood Music Keg
* Naim HDX : http://www.naim-audio.com/products/hdx.html
* PhatNoise Home Media Player
* PhatNoise Phatbox
* [[PortablePlayers/Harddisk#Rio Karma|Rio Karma ]]: http://www.digitalnetworksna.com/rioaudio/* [[StaticPlayers#Slim_Devices_Squeezebox.2C_Squeezebox2.2C_Squeezebox3.2C_Transporter|SlimDevices Squeezebox ]]: http://www.slimdevices.com
FLAC is supported by the following chips and/or chipsets:

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