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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: 20MB
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Latest version

1.1.5 (June 27, 2021)



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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 1.1.5 (June 2021)

New features

added support for AccurateRip verification
Improvements

improved DSP processing performance by up to 70%
added frequency bandwidth setting to FDK-AAC encoder configuration dialog
added an option to toggle logging of complete paths in log files
added options for specifying cover art files to freaccmd
added support for reading Shift_JIS encoded CD-Text
added support for writing album and track comments to cue sheets
added support for ID3v2 tags in RF64 files
added support for updating Vorbis Comment tags
added support for updating ID3v2 tags in RIFF and AIFF files
added support for updating LIST INFO tags in RIFF, RF64 and Wave64 files
added support for ensemble field in Vorbis Comment and APEv2 tags
added support for movement field in ID3v2, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and MP4 tags
added support for additional URL fields in APEv2 tags
added a tag editor option to keep album artist even if identical to track artist
added media type field to tag editor
Bug fixes

fixed hotspot for genre edit field utility menu not covering the whole width of the field
fixed occasional crashes when selecting codec subformat using the "Start encoding with" menu
fixed chapter marks being offset by a few seconds when using DSP processing
fixed playback not working when using certain combinations of DSP processors
fixed incompatibility of FDK-AAC encoded HE and HEv2 AAC files with iTunes
fixed issue decoding FLAC files with unknown length
fixed glitches decoding transients in some Vorbis files
fixed possible crashes when decoding Opus files
fixed possible crashes when failing to configure WMA encoder
fixed rare crashes in LAME encoder component
fixed strings read from ID3v2 tags being limited to 1024 characters
fixed crash when reading malformed CD-Text genre IDs
fixed failure ripping with negative read offset
fixed disc eject not working on macOS
fixed crash when closing fre:ac via dock command on macOS
fixed UI glitches and crashes on exit when running in a Wayland session
fixed popup menu and dropdown list closing behavior on non-Windows platforms
fixed issues with custom DPI settings on Xfce desktops
fixed drag & drop working unreliably on X11 based systems
fixed Windows online updater not working with the 64 bit version
Updated codecs

updated FFmpeg to version 4.4
updated Monkey's Audio to version 6.29
updated Tom's Audiokompressor to version 2.3.1
updated mpg123 to version 1.28.0
updated libfdk-aac to version 2.0.2
updated libogg to version 1.3.5
updated libsndfile to version 1.0.31
updated libsamplerate to version 0.2.1
Updated translations

updated Norwegian translation
updated Russian manual

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Acronyms / Also Known As

freac,BonkEnc, BonkEnc



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16 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


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




By far the best audio encoder frontend, very handy and VERY FAST!

Review by amaipaipai on Apr 12, 2020 Version: 1.1 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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