For douchey music elitists such as myself, FLAC is the audio format that I pride myself on being able to overcome the numerous inconveniences to achieve a slightly better music experience. One of those inconveniences is the lack of support on many mobile devices, which I’ve managed to get around by getting a OnePlus One, but for those of you who aren’t Android fans, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft will be adding FLAC support in the mobile version of Windows 10.
Audio lovers will be happy to hear the latest news about Windows 10: the operating system will support lossless audio on phones and tablets. PC World noticed that Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group, Joe Belfiore, took to Twitter to answer a question about music playback capabilities, saying FLAC files would be available in future preview builds of the software for small devices. The reference to FLAC is the Free Lossless Audio Codec, a file format that retains audio quality but in a smaller size than the pure music stream. FLAC shrinks down an audio file, similar to a ZIP file, but unlike the MP3 format it stores the full, uncompressed audio data. You could, for example, take music files from a CD and reduced the file sizes with FLAC, without losing any sound quality.
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