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Re: Hard drive/FLAC issues

I do agree that license seems excessive. But can the other programs convert all of your music automatically with a few clicks? Just curious...
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Re: Hard drive/FLAC issues

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I do agree that license seems excessive. But can the other programs convert all of your music automatically with a few clicks? Just curious...
My reply is not just to you Zybane but to several posts.

I've installed it on multiple PC's. He sends you a key and it is not locked to a single computer. It's the honor system.

Do the other tools include "Accurate Rip" where it compares the checksum of your rip with other peoples so you can be sure you got as perfect a rip as possible and that your drive is always working as good as it should? Fre:ac mentions he'll be adding it. But guess who wrote it?

Does it include access to AMG Metadata? Much better Metadata than the freebies.

I have approx. 350 CD's probably avg $10 each. That's $3500.00. Ya think $38.00 is gonna break the bank. Along with the $40K Jeep. Or do you get your music for "Free" too.

I use what's best and saves me time. If it cost a few bucks so be it. I think you'll find dbpoweramp at the top of many peoples list that have taken the time to find the best tool.

I don't know what features Fre:ac has. But dbpoweramp can process HD Audio CD's correctly (not applicable to the Jeep).

It also has cool feature where you can rearrange your library file structure according to your metadata without conversion. For example let's say you want your folders by Genre\Artist\Album instead of Album\Artist it's a snap. Runs in just a few minutes. Or you decide you want Artist names in the File names or you don't. I've arrange the audio differently for different cars. It also helps flush out bad meta data in files.

One way to assess a tool is by checking out forum activity. Go check them both out.

You can try the "licensed" version of dbpoweramp for 21 days free. There is a little bit of learning curve. But once your up, it's really quick, powerful and accurate.

Here's a good forum on ripping and converting. Tons of references to dbpoweramp, couldn't find a single one on fre:ac

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Have to agree, it's worth the small amount of money for the convenience it offers. It's up to you to put it to good use.
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Re: Hard drive/FLAC issues

Dang...I would have never guessed that FLAC would not be supported....it is just a PITA to have to convert to MP3. I filled up a USB drive just a few days ago for the MIL with FLAC files & they played great in her new Cadillac SRX.
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I will add FLAC support to the wish list for 8.4 radios. Not sure if it is possible but I believe it is just a codec to be added no different than anything else.
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Re: Hard drive/FLAC issues

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I will add FLAC support to the wish list for 8.4 radios. Not sure if it is possible but I believe it is just a codec to be added no different than anything else.
Thanks Willx...I think it would be a simple addition by just adding the codec.
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I will add FLAC support to the wish list for 8.4 radios. Not sure if it is possible but I believe it is just a codec to be added no different than anything else.
Ya, I was surprised FLAC wasn't supported as it's open source and widely used in the high end audio world. Most devices today can play FLAC.
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Re: Hard drive/FLAC issues

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I do agree that license seems excessive. But can the other programs convert all of your music automatically with a few clicks? Just curious...
Yes.
Took me some time to respond because I didn't have any FLAC files to work with. After setting up the 'quality' of the MP3 file output. I choose the folder where the FLAC files resided and then chose the 'convert' button.

So after the initial setup (fresh install on a Win7 tower), it was literally 2 clicks to convert an entire folder of FLAC files to MP3 (or OGG, or whatever you choose).
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