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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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Latest version

1.0.33 / 1.1 Beta 3 (February 12, 2020)



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Download fre:ac 1.0.33  8MB  Win




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Download fre:ac 1.0.33 Portable  6MB  Win  Portable

Download fre:ac 1.1 Beta 3  15MB  Win

Download fre:ac 1.1 Beta 3 64-bit  16MB  Win64

Download fre:ac 1.1 Beta 3 Portable  14MB  Win  Portable

Download fre:ac 1.1 Beta 3 Portable 64-bit  15MB  Win64  Portable

Download fre:ac 1.1 Beta 3 Mac  33MB  Mac

Download fre:ac 1.1 Beta 3 Linux  15MB  Linux




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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


Version 1.0.33 (February 2020)

Improvements

the fre:ac installer is now digitally signed
prepared for freedb.org shutdown on 31st March 2020
rip only tracks from the newly inserted disc when auto-ripping
do not start ripping automatically if no freedb entry is found
improved compatibility with ADTS AAC files
use high resolution icons from fre:ac 1.1 branch
Bug fixes

fixed compatibility issues with Windows 10 UTF-8 codepage setting
fixed hangs when trying to open some Windows Wave files
fixed setup not running with elevated rights on non-administrator accounts
fixed freaccmd issues with files without metadata
Updated codecs

upgraded FLAC to version 1.3.3
upgraded FAAC to version 1.30
upgraded FAAD2 to version 2.9.1
upgraded mpg123 to version 1.25.13
upgraded Vorbis to version 1.3.6 + aoTuV beta 6.03
upgraded Ogg library to version 1.3.4
Updated translations

updated Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish (Latin American) and Ukrainian translations
added Bulgarian translation for the installer
updated Spanish user guide

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Acronyms / Also Known As

freac,BonkEnc, BonkEnc



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11 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Would benefit from a normalisation option. Has lots of options which seem a bit unnecessary that the average user would never use. The alpha build can accept 5.1 sources(the stable can only accept 2 channel inputs!), but bugs exist. It takes much time to load some audio files like 5.1 ac-3 and often crashes during encoding. It has crashed for me in WinXP to Win10 so far.

The progress counter does not even show in some file encoding. Still at alpha stage but at least it is being developed and is a good freeware software. I now use the superior EZCD Converter instead.


Review by Abe on Nov 1, 2019 Version: 1.1 alpha OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10




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Review by ShaneTune1 on Aug 20, 2018 Version: 1.0.32 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




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Review by Damian Höster on Apr 20, 2018 Version: 1.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Good software, but a major drawback is it needs a sound normalizer, however future builds promise this and also it cannot process 5.1 channel inputs as yet. Pazera audio extractor can process anything as input so I recommend using that for some tricky projects instead.

Review by Sayed on Nov 19, 2017 Version: 1.0.30 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Very good software, but like others my using it had declined for said reason of only 2 channel support. Also it would not open mkv sources.

Review by 7of9 on Aug 3, 2017 Version: 1.0.2.8 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10


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