FLAC - Lossless compression of choice for test samples. 2002-02-22 07:28:22 Hi,Since now, Hydrogenaudio.org is recommending that all people providing test samples will use open source FLAC-format for lossless compression. LPAC, which has been used quite a lot, is totally closed, and there are no decompressors for every platform which people use here.I will be converting the samples I host to FLAC and edit the links in corresponding messages. I've also contacted ff123 and he has agreed to change to FLAC-format.FLAC-homepage: http://flac.sourceforge.net/FLAC-download page: http://flac.sourceforge.net/download.htmlAll releases: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13478Win32 compressor, frontend, winamp plugin -bundle:http://www.inf.ufpr.br/~rja00/files/FLACbundle.zipWin32 FlacDrop-frontend: http://www.inf.ufpr.br/~rja00/files/flacdrop.zipCommand line usage:To compress: flac -8 test.wavTo decompress: flac -d test.flacLatest versions:Win32: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/flac/flac-1.0.2-win.zipLinux-i386: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/flac/fl...rh7-i386.tar.gzDarwin PPC: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/flac/fl...rwin-ppc.tar.gzSolaris: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/flac/fl....7-sparc.tar.gzDebian packages: http://packages.debian.org/cgi-bin/search_...all&release=allSource: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/flac/fl....0.2-src.tar.gzSure, FLAC may not have the best compression ratio, but it shouldn't matter in case of relatively small test samples. More important is that because of open source, it's equal for all people using different systems.Of course if a test clip is purely for win32 encoder (Psytel AAC), there's no compatibility reason to compress with FLAC, but chance is a test clip can be problematic with several encoders.That's why Hydrogenaudio.org is trying to push FLAC as the lossless compressor of choise for test clips. Thanks.