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fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper which integrates various popular formats and encoders. It currently supports MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk files. It makes it easy to convert your audio CDs to MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files which you can use in your hardware player or with your favorite audio software. The program supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database and CDText and automatically writes song information to ID3v2 or Vorbis comment tags.

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OS: Win Mac Linux
File size: 22MB
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Old versions
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Latest version

1.1.6 (January 21, 2022)



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Download fre:ac 1.1.6 Mac 64-bit  29MB  Mac64

Download fre:ac 1.1.6 Linux 64-bit  20MB  Linux64




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Download fre:ac 1.1.6 Portable Windows 64-bit  20MB  Win64  Portable

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Download fre:ac latest Beta/Nightly Mac  21MB  Mac

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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New


Version 1.1.6 (January 2022)

added native support for Windows on the ARM64 architecture

New features

added support for editing lyrics in the tag editor
added support for creating cue sheets and playlists with freaccmd
Improvements

improved performance of adding video and proprietary audio files (DTS, DSD etc.) to the joblist
playlists can now be added to the joblist by drag & drop
added and placeholders for use in filename patterns
added optional composer, conductor, tempo, musical key and ISRC columns to the joblist
added initial key field to tag editor
added support for lyrics in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
added support for parsing OverDrive MediaMarkers in ID3v2 tags
added support for the pre-emphasis flag in cue sheets
Bug fixes

fixed possible crash upon querying the CDDB database
fixed possible crash in FAAD2 decoder when trying to open unsupported files
fixed faulty decoding of certain AAC files caused by a bug in the FDK-AAC decoder
fixed possible faulty output when decoding from non-zero positions using external decoders
fixed issue ripping CD tracks when output filename pattern is
fixed AccurateRip reporting verification errors for hidden track one audio
fixed setting to replace spaces not being respected when writing cover art and log files
fixed setting to suppress Unicode characters not being respected when writing cover art and log files
fixed tag editor fields for media type, catalog number and barcode being limited to 12 characters
fixed freeze when decoding certain WMA files on Windows
fixed drag & drop not working after online update on Windows
New and updated codecs

added native Apple Lossless decoder
updated FFmpeg to version 5.0
updated Monkey's Audio to version 7.23
updated mpg123 to version 1.29.3
updated libsamplerate to version 0.2.2
New translations

added Swedish and Portuguese (Brazilian) manuals

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Acronyms / Also Known As

freac,BonkEnc, BonkEnc



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17 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Software which most certainly deserves your support and donations. With this kind of continuos development by the developer- who is a great guy by the way- and his hardwork put into fre-ac you should be looking at paying for a product from the commercial sector such is its quality!

It's not easy to navigate at first as there's a lot to take in, but it is much more than a CD ripper. Is audio normalization a feature now one wonders as it has a lot of useful options? Superb freeware!


Review by ALEX on Jan 23, 2022 Version: 1.1.6 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




There are two versions for Mac. Videohelp only links to M1 and MacOS 11.X.
If you have macOS Catalina 10.15 or earlier versions you can find the other Mac version on it's official website freac dot org

great for extracting audio out of m4b audiobooks to prepare for m4b-tool to make a small 32kbps audiobook

great for converting 320kpbs mp3 to 96kpbs opus music


Review by mrbass on Jun 27, 2021 Version: 1.1.5 OS: MacOSX Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Deserves your support and kind donations. Lovely software!

Review by Jake on May 11, 2021 Version: 1.1.4 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




At last switched from faac to fdk! Also support for replay gain. Great update. Many thanks. Deserves your support and donations.

Review by Simon on Feb 15, 2021 Version: 1.1.4 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Great software, but I would jazz up the GUI a bit as it is very plain with those little x's to show enabled options etc. A tick would be better. Please make it a bit more colorful and spacious as the navigation of Fre-ac makes for a very cluttered GUI. Sorry to whinge.

Now the positives: its free and still works in XP, has most the options you need and the man developing it, is a great guy who listens and bug fixes. Respect to him.


Review by Jack on Jun 21, 2020 Version: 1.1.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10


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