List of hardware and software that supports FLAC

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This is a list of computer hardware and software which supports FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), a file format designed for lossless compression of digital audio.


Hardware support[edit]

Car devices[edit]

DJ players[edit]

Currently (13NOV 2014) there is no hardware DJ music players in the market that would support FLAC format.

Portable stereo / boombox[edit]

Home audio AV receivers / amplifiers[edit]

  • Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 5 [1]
  • Denon AVP-A1HDCI, AVR-4810, AVR-4310,[2] AVR-4311, AVR-3310, AVR-5308, AVR-4308, AVR-3808, AVR-X1000,[3] AVR-X2000, AVR-X3000, AVR-X4000, AVR-4520, DNP-720AE[4]
  • Escient[5]
  • Onkyo TX-SR333, TX-NR535, TX-NR636, TX-NR737, TX-NR838, TX-NR1030, TX-NR3030
  • Pioneer SC-05, SC-07, SC-25, SC-27, SC-35, SC-37 and SC-09TX
  • Sonos 16bit max.
  • Sony's High-Res Audio Players[6]
  • Yamaha RX-V2065 AV Receiver, RX-A1000/A2000/A3000 AV Receiver, RX-V1067, RX-V2067, RX-V3067 AV Receivers, RX-V671, RX-V673 (Up to 96 kHz streaming and 192 kHz external link) AV Receivers

Home media servers and clients[edit]

  • Dvico TVIX HD M-6500, N1 (cafe), HD M-6600A/N Plus, HD M-7000
  • Linn Klimax DS, Renew DS, Akurate DS, Majik DS and Sneaky Music DS
  • Logitech Squeezebox and Transporter network music players from Logitech. Current products decode natively, old v1 units transcode to PCM on the server.
  • Naim Audio HDX Hard Disk Player,[7] NaimUniti, UnitiQute, DAC, NDX, UnitiServe
  • Meridian Sooloos
  • Pixel Magic Systems' HD Mediabox (with firmware 1.3.4 or higher)
  • PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC + Bridge (Digital to Analog Converter/Digital Streamer)
  • Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD, HDTV Network Media Player STAJ100
  • T+A Music Player[8]
  • Western Digital WD TV HD based

Portable handheld players[edit]

Smartphones and tablets[edit]

Bluray/DVD/USB players[edit]

  • OPPO Digital BDP-93 & BDP-95 Universal Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Players

Portable handheld recorders[edit]

Unsorted[edit]

  • Embedded Waveplayer Module with FLAC level 0-2 support, MIDI and serial interface

Software support[edit]

Encoding[edit]

Name Description Platform
Windows Mac OS X GNU/Linux
Adobe Audition Yes[citation needed] Yes No
aTunes Yes Yes No
ALLPlayer Yes No No
Audacious No No Yes
Audacity Possible since version 1.2.5.[18]

Full support since 2.0.0v[19]

Yes Yes Yes
Cakewalk SONAR Producer Edition version 7 and later. Yes No No
CDex Can rip directly from CD to FLAC file. Yes No No
Easy Media Creator Yes No No
Exact Audio Copy Can rip directly from CD to FLAC file. Yes No No
EZ CD Audio Converter Can rip directly from CD to FLAC file and encode other audio file formats to FLAC. Yes No No
FlaCuda An experimental encoder released under the LGPL that runs on GPUs with OpenCL or CUDA support. On high end GPUs it has been reported to outperform CPU encoders by orders of magnitude.[20] Multi-channel or higher than 16 bit depth are not yet supported.[21] Yes Yes Yes
Flake (and libFlake) An independent LGPL implementation purported to be faster at the same compression ratio than the reference libFlac; it also offers some experimental higher compression ratios.[22] An experimental version that supports multiple threads/cores has been developed by a third party.[23] Yes Yes Yes
FFmpeg Yes Yes Yes
foobar2000 With external encoder Yes No No
fre:ac Can rip directly from CD to FLAC file. Yes No No
GoldWave Yes No No
GOM Player Yes No No
Grip Grip is a cd-player and cd-ripper for the Gnome desktop. It has the ripping capabilities of cdparanoia builtin, but can also use external rippers (such as cdda2wav). No No Yes
JetAudio Yes No No
Juce Yes Yes No
JRiver Media Center Since version 12.0.3xx Yes No No
Media Go Can rip directly from CD to FLAC file. Yes No No
MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes
MusicBee Via flac.exe that is shipped with MusicBee and available separately at flac.sourceforge.net Yes No No
Nero Burning ROM With optional external filter plug-in. Yes No No
REAPER Yes Yes No
Samplitude Since version 10.2 Yes No No
Sequoia Since version 10.2 Yes No No
Sound Forge Version 9 and later Yes No No
Vegas Pro 8, Vegas Pro 9 Yes No No
Toast Titanium Beginning with version 7 No Yes No
Total Recorder Standard and Professional editions Yes No No
VLC media player Yes Yes Yes
Vox No Yes No
WaveLab Added in version 7.1 Yes Yes No
Winamp Since 5.35 uses Flake.[24] Versions before 5.54 generate an incorrect MD5 checksum.[25] Yes No No
xACT Not to be confused with Microsoft's XACT audio programming library. No Yes No
XMedia Recode Yes No No
X Lossless Decoder Can rip directly from CD to FLAC file. No Yes No
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Yes No No

Decoding[edit]

Ripping[edit]

OS packaged software[edit]

Apple[edit]

iOS[edit]

FLAC is not natively supported on the iOS platform, including all "iDevices". This is especially true of iTunes software on such devices, where FLAC is not supported, with Apple only offering native support for their own similar ALAC lossless audio format. Third party applications are available in the App Store which enable FLAC playback.[27][28] Jailbroken iOS devices could play it through the applications from Cydia.[citation needed]

OS X[edit]

As with their iOS operating system, Apple's iTunes software on OS X cannot natively playback FLAC audio files. One exception to this is with the use of a third-party software plug-in, which currently allows iTunes software to playback a small percentage of Ogg-based FLAC files. Computers that run on the OS X operating system require third-party non-iTunes media players in order to playback FLAC files, or to encode into FLAC files.

Android[edit]

Native support for FLAC was added to the Android operating system starting from the 3.1 'Honeycomb' update.[29] The feature came about after much public discussion on Android's Google Code development site.[30] However, FLAC support is limited to .FLAC files as Android does not support decode inside of other file containers (such as MP4 and MKV).[31]

Prior to the Android 3.1 update, Samsung included native support on over 32 Android devices, including their Galaxy line of phones.[17] In addition, other prior Android device users could only (and still today) resort to using third-party applications (apps) available for Android such as PowerAMP, andLess, Astro Player or otherwise alternatively turn to installing custom system ROM's such as CyanogenMod. Note that some of these third-party applications, especially PowerAMP, decode FLAC and other formats using FFmpeg and therefore do not rely on the operating system to provide that functionality.

Playing a flac file on VLC player (Beta) on Android v 2.3.6 also works.

Microsoft[edit]

The Windows Mobile operating system is able to support playback of FLAC files through the use of plugins or third-party applications such as TCMP and others.[32] On Windows Phone 7 (WP7) there is no FLAC support available in the default Zune media player[33][34] though playback is supported in third-party applications like a Flac Player.[35]

Microsoft Windows 10 will support FLAC decoding in Windows Media Player and other software that uses Windows platform APIs for audio decoding.[36]

After-market / FLAC support with modding[edit]

  • Nintendo Wii when running the Wii homebrew app MPlayerWii[37] or MPlayer CE or WiiMC[38]
  • Apple TV, Plex, XBMC Media Center or Boxee
  • iPod: 1st through Classic generation, iPod mini and 1st/2nd generation iPod nano (not the shuffle, 3rd gen nano, or touch), using third party Rockbox firmware
  • Nearly all other Rockbox-compatible DAPs, including the iriver and Gigabeat (Toshiba) range of devices, plus the aforementioned iPods
  • Sound Devices 7-Series Professional Audio Recorders with "badger" firmware update (v.2.24)[39]
  • Sony PlayStation Portable when running the homebrew LightMP3 application.[40]
  • Samsung YP-P3, YP-Q1, YP-Q2, YP-U5, YP-S5 (with upgraded firmware available from Samsung website)
  • FLAC playback is possible on mobile devices or phones based on Windows Mobile, or Symbian OS with either S60, Series 80 or Series 90 UI platforms, can run the free open source media player application OggPlay.[41] Also LCG Jukebox from Lonely Cat Games is able to play FLAC audio on Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile devices.
  • Android operating system devices are capable of playing FLAC since version 3.1 [42] Others may also support it by replacing the device's firmware with the third-party CyanogenMod ROM, which can play back FLAC. Otherwise users could simply opt to use a third-party supported application for Android such as PowerAMP, andLess, RockPlayer or Meridian Media Player. Such players can even recognize the tags after using Extended Media Scanner.
  • Rockbox open source firmware for multiple portable audio players

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 5". Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Denon UK - AVR-X1000". Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "DENON UK - AVR-X1000". Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "DENON UK – Network Audio Player with AirPlay". Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Supported Digital Music Formats & Tagging Requirements" (PDF). Escient. p. 2. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Sony High-Resolution Audio products page". Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Naim Audio HDX". 
  8. ^ "T+A E-Series Music-Player". Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Korean firmware V2.13[dead link]
  10. ^ "iRiver E100". 
  11. ^ "Samsung". Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Sansa Fuze updated to support Ogg and FLAC". Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
  13. ^ "Sansa Clip Firmware 01.01.30 Released". Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
  14. ^ anythingbutipod.com: SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Plus Review
  15. ^ "Archos 5 and Archos 7 – Firmware Changes". Update.archos.com. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  16. ^ "N9". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c "FLAC" Phone Finder results - GSMArena.com
  18. ^ Audacity development team (2006-10-30). "Audacity 1.3.2 a 1.2.5 released". Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  19. ^ Audacity development team (2012-03-14). "Release notes 2.0.0". Audacity Wiki. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  20. ^ http://cuetools.net/doku.php/flacuda
  21. ^ posts 105 and 107
  22. ^ http://flake-enc.sourceforge.net/benchmarks.html
  23. ^ http://softlab-pro-web.technion.ac.il/Projects/2008Winter/Performance%20Tuning/website/downloads.html
  24. ^ http://flake-enc.sourceforge.net/download.html
  25. ^ http://forums.winamp.com/showpost.php?p=2352917&postcount=8
  26. ^ http://www.latestintech.com/the-core-media-player/
  27. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flac-player/id390532592?mt=8
  28. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/liveli/id628181563
  29. ^ "Android Supported Media Formats". Andro Med Formats. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "Issue 1461 – android – FLAC file support enhancement request.". code.google.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  31. ^ "Android Developer's Supported Media Formats". Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "CorePlayer Platform". CoreCodec.com. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  33. ^ "Supported Media Codecs for Windows Phone". Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  34. ^ Miniman, Brandon (21 September 2010). "Windows Phone 7: Which Video and Audio File Formats are Supported?". Pocketnow Win Phone 7. pocketnow.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  35. ^ "Flac Player". Shamrock Soft. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  36. ^ Copper, Daniel (2014-11-27). "Windows 10 will play your .MKV and .FLAC files all on its own". Engadget. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  37. ^ "WiiBrew Wiki entry for MPlayerWii". Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  38. ^ "WiiBrew Wiki entry for WiiMC". Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  39. ^ "Data Compression and Reduction Options for 7-Series Recorders | Sound Notes | Sound Devices, LLC". Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  40. ^ "File Details-LightMP3-v1.7.1-(FLAC-bugfix)-PSP-Homebrew-Applications". Dl.qj.net. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  41. ^ Leif H. Wilden. "Symbian OggPlay". Symbianoggplay.sourceforge.net. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  42. ^ https://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html

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