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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: 16MB
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9.3/10
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Latest version

1.1.2b (July 9, 2020)



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Download fre:ac 1.1.2b 64-bit  17MB  Win64

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Download fre:ac 1.1.2b Portable 64-bit  15MB  Win64  Portable

Download fre:ac 1.1.2b Portable  15MB  Win  Portable

Download fre:ac 1.1.2 Mac  34MB  Mac

Download fre:ac 1.1.2 Linux  16MB  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 1.1.2b (July 2020)

- Bug fixes

- fixed crash when decoding MP3 files on x64 Windows systems without AVX support

- Updated codecs

- updated mpg123 to version 1.26.2 (plus Windows x64 ASM patch)

Version 1.1.2a (June 2020)

- Bug fixes

- fixed font scaling with high DPI settings on Windows

Version 1.1.2 (June 2020)

Improvements

scale UI to adjust to system font size by default
added support for theme colors and dark mode on Linux/FreeBSD
improved handling of maximized window state on Linux/FreeBSD and macOS
try to keep the selected encoder the same when upgrading from fre:ac 1.0.x
removed non-working option to not lock CD trays while ripping
stop ripping before trying to eject a disc
write audio data CRC to log files when ripping
write MD5 checksums to log files when verifying files
write log entries when replacing existing files
Bug fixes

fixed length of last chapter of some audio books being detected as 0:00
prevent interpreting numerical IDs or dates at the beginning of file names as track numbers
fixed a possible source of random crashes when adding files to the joblist
fixed possible crash when importing MP4/M4A files
fixed possible crash when encoding in SuperFast mode
fixed some graphics glitches on macOS
Updated codecs

updated Monkey's Audio to version 5.44
updated mpg123 to version 1.26.1
updated FAAD2 to version 2.9.2
updated CDRip to version 2.4

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Acronyms / Also Known As

freac,BonkEnc, BonkEnc



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13 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


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




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




No comments. Rating it only.

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




No comments. Rating it only.

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


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