WHAT IS FLAC?

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec (for COder/DECoder), an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. These audio files are CD quality. You can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo) just like you would an MP3 file.

For any customer who wants to purchase the highest fidelity digital files available, FLAC is the answer.

NOTE: iTunes and iOS devices do not yet support FLAC files, but you can convert FLAC to other formats that will work on iOS devices using very simple conversion apps, or you can use applications which can play FLAC files. Of course, if you retain your original FLAC files when you convert, you will retain the original CD-quality audio for future use.

One of the FLAC players we use at the office is called VOX, made by Coppertino. You can find it here: http://coppertino.com


Niche Music Group also offers audio releases by our artists in two additional formats:

256K MP3

The MP3 codec was developed at the end of the 1980s and adopted as a standard in 1991. Our 256K MP3 files are basic audio files that can be played on most audio player apps.

320K AAC

320K AAC audio files are the same format sold on the iTunes Store, but at a higher bitrate, and thus, a slightly higher quality.


Here is a good piece comparing MP3, AAC, FLAC and CDs:

http://www.stereophile.com/features/308mp3cd/index.html#Z6Jv1B1XVdk0two6.97


All packages are delivered in a ZIP file via digital download, with original liner notes in PDF format if available, plus extra content where noted.