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Lossless Audio Compression => FLAC => Topic started by: teh roxxors on 2019-01-01 18:35:13

Title: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: teh roxxors on 2019-01-01 18:35:13
I seem to remember having to install flac-1.2.1b on older XP machines, before anything would work with FLAC files.

I'm on a Windows 7 machine today, and I suspect the OS has native support for FLAC, but I could be wrong. Foobar2000 clearly works with FLAC. FLAC frontend v2.1 works fine. MP3Tag is likely to work once I get it installed.

The old FLAC for Windows is no longer needed, right?

I forgot to mention that Windows 7 doesn't seem to recognize the FLAC file extension—it does not "hide" the extension the way it does for other, known file types. This does not appear to effect the operation of the programs mentioned, above.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: fuffi on 2019-01-01 18:51:11
I surely don't know!
But I use f2k since Win95 and *never* installed anything you mentioned. I guess, I started listening to some FLACs within WIN7 or maybe WIN2000. I had a lot of Codecs installed in very old Windows-Systems, but nowadays (aka since 10 years) I have not touched Codec-Packages and f2k plays *every* format out of the box....

EDIT: reading my post, I get the impression, I don't know or don't remember anything correctly....

Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: Roseval on 2019-01-01 20:05:52
To the best of my knowledge, MS added native support for FLAC in Win 10 (2015).
Won't be surprised that if you install Foobar, it installs FLAC as well.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: lvqcl on 2019-01-01 20:11:37
I seem to remember having to install flac-1.2.1b on older XP machines, before anything would work with FLAC files.
IIRC that's wrong: you'll have standalone FLAC encoder, but it won't add FLAC support into system or other programs.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: teh roxxors on 2019-01-01 20:42:35
I seem to remember having to install flac-1.2.1b on older XP machines, before anything would work with FLAC files.
IIRC that's wrong: you'll have standalone FLAC encoder, but it won't add FLAC support into system or other programs.

If the FLAC extension doesn't seem to be recognized in Windows Explorer, still appears as a suffix at the end of file names, am I missing something?

Thank you.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: lvqcl on 2019-01-01 20:52:42
the old "Flac for Windows"
What's this?

I do believe foobar2000 installs "FLAC," but perhaps that is different?
foobar2000 has built-in FLAC decoder, and it doesn't affect Windows.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: lvqcl on 2019-01-01 20:54:34
If the FLAC extension doesn't seem to be recognized in Windows Explorer, still appears as a suffix at the end of file names, am I missing something?
I don't think so. You can also install Media Foundation FLAC Codec (https://sourceforge.net/projects/mfflac/files/) but it looks a bit outdated.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: JabbaThePrawn on 2019-01-01 21:25:04
I've never had FLAC for Windows, having used Foobar2000 only since I had Windows 7.

Windows 10 will actually recognise and play FLAC files in Windows Media Player, should you choose to use that particular programme.
Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: Surfi on 2019-01-01 21:52:47
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For pre Win 10 integration of FLAC tags into Explorer you could use "Windows 7 FLAC Property Handler". You may find it here (https://www.sevenforums.com/music-pictures-video/174276-windows-cant-read-flac-tags-3.html#post2264132) (post #25 and/or #26).

Greetings, ...

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Title: Re: I don't need Flac for Windows these days, right?
Post by: teh roxxors on 2019-01-01 23:03:06
the old "Flac for Windows"
What's this?

Windows: FLAC for Windows (command-line tools only, the file flac-X.Y.Z-win.zip contains both 32 and 64 bit binaries).

https://xiph.org/flac/download.html

I thought this was a FLAC codec, but it is not.
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