If you spent some time really (I mean “really”) serious listening to your iPod or MP3 player you might believe that something is missing on the music details and the staging. It turns out however very explainable because they were compressed music and they were not meant to be an audiophile standard format. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality, that’s why this FLAC codec is raising popularity among audiophiles lately. Some musicians even already distributing their musics in FLAC format.
Here is KLIXs ripping my AudioCD into FLAC using K3B on KLIXs :
Because flac were already supported on gstreamer and xine backend, thus you can play that .flac files directly and it will open Amarok automatically. You can also play using VLC with an additional plugins without difficulties.
The results were astonishing, it’s quite difficult comparing with audio cd quality … listen to yourself.
Unfortunately, iTunes only recognize this 5 audio format MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless and not FLAC. There were some tutorial on net like this, and easy to follow steps, but since I’m not too interest hacking on Mac, I only transfer using WiFi and testing play them using VLC4iPhone.