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Welcome to the fre:ac project
Sunday, 11 July 2010 14:00

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure.

The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.

Features (click an entry to see details)

  • Converter for MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats

    fre:ac converts freely between all supported formats. No matter if you need WMA to MP3, MP3 to WAV, M4A to MP3, WAV to MP3 or any other conversion, fre:ac supports any combination of formats.

  • Integrated CD ripper with CDDB/freedb title database support

    The integrated CD ripper will convert your audio CDs to files on your hard disk. It supports all of the formats available for regular audio file conversion. fre:ac can query the CDDB/freedb online CD database to find artist and title information prior to ripping. No need to enter track names manually.

  • Portable application, install on a USB stick and take it with you

    fre:ac can be installed on a USB stick or external drive so you can take it with you and use it on any computer. It will also store its configuration files on the portable drive. That way it will always start up with your custom settings.

  • Multi-core optimized encoders to speed up conversions on modern PCs

    The MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk encoders integrated with fre:ac make use of modern multi-core CPUs, so ripping and converting speeds get a real boost. You will save time and get the job done quickly.

  • Full Unicode support for tags and file names

    fre:ac provides full support for the Unicode character set. That way it can handle not only Latin scripts, but also Japanese, Cyrillic, Arabic or Indian. If you like music from all over the world, you can tag your files correctly.

  • Easy to learn and use, still offers expert options when you need them

    fre:ac's user interface is designed to be intuitive so you will be able to use the basic features without any trouble. It still offers advanced options when you need them so you will be able to go beyond simple ripping and format conversion using fre:ac.

  • Multilingual user interface available in 38 languages

    fre:ac comes with a multilingual user interface and is currently available in 38 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Hebrew, Arabic, Esperanto, Galician, Catalan and Valencian). It can be translated to other languages easily using the 'smooth Translator' utility that is included in the distribution.

  • Completely free and open source without a catch

    fre:ac is available for free without any adware or other foul things. However, the project relies on your support to be able to push the development further. If you like this software, please consider making a donation. Click on one of the icons in the donation section to the right to support the fre:ac project with a donation.

fre:ac snapshot 20140609
Monday, 09 June 2014 22:55

One day behind schedule, the latest fre:ac snapshot is now available for download.

Adding support for chapters in ID3v2, Vorbis Comment and Windows Media tags, this release greatly improves chapter support in fre:ac. Chapters are now available with all output formats that support them, including MP3, MP4/AAC, Opus, Vorbis, FLAC and WMA.

Other new features include support for spinning up CDs before ripping, up to date cdparanoia support on all systems as well as the ability to read ISRCs on non-Windows systems.

The new snapshot is also the first one to include all standard codecs with the Linux and FreeBSD packages. You will no longer have to install these codecs manually to make them available in fre:ac. The Linux packages also add support for international text input using an IME and restore support for some older distributions that the 20140223 release failed to start on. The FreeBSD version is now compiled for FreeBSD 10.0 and available in 32 and 64 bit flavors.

Users running recent versions of Windows on a high DPI display will notice a much clearer interface with better readable text compared to previous snapshots and fre:ac 1.0.21a. This improvement will also be included in fre:ac 1.0.22 which is to be released in a few weeks.

The OS X package is now digitally signed and runs on Mountain Lion and Mavericks without having to change the default Gatekeeper settings. It also improves memory management, so fre:ac will no longer use up all your system memory on larger jobs on OS X.

Besides those improvements, the new snapshot also fixes various bugs, glitches and stability issues. Please remember that it is still an alpha snapshot, though, and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

fre:ac snapshot 20140223
Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:48

fre:ac snapshot 20140223 has been released and is now available for download. This new release introduces support for the Core Audio AAC encoder on Windows and OS X and enables CD ripping on OS X.

The Core Audio encoder supports AAC and ALAC formats and is available on Windows if you have iTunes or QuickTime installed. Unfortunately, it can only be used with the 32 bit version of fre:ac as Apple does not provide a 64 bit version of the Core Audio framework for Windows, yet. The new encoder can be used without any prerequisites or restrictions on OS X.

Other new features in this release are support for ripping so called hidden track one audio (HTOA) that you can find on some audio discs and gapless encoding/decoding of AAC and Opus files.

This version of fre:ac also improves stability on Linux and OS X and should run much better on these systems than previous releases. However, please remember that it is still an alpha snapshot and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

fre:ac snapshot 20131217
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 02:00

fre:ac snapshot 20131217 has been released and is now available for download. This snapshot focuses on improving the OS X version of fre:ac and on stability and reliability in general.

Speaking about OS X, the new snapshot now runs natively on Cocoa eliminating the need to start XQuartz with fre:ac. It also adds support for OS X Leopard (including G4 and G5 based systems) and Mavericks. Please note that for fre:ac to work properly on Mavericks you need to have the 10.9.1 update installed.

Other improvements include a slider to seek forward and backward while playing a track, support for Windows Media playlists as well as support for the Opus 1.1 and FLAC 1.3.0 codecs.

Please note that with this release binary packages for NetBSD, OpenBSD and Solaris are discontinued due to low download numbers. You can still build your own binaries on those operating systems.

A huge number of bugs have been fixed since the previous snapshot and the new version should be really stable now. However, please remember that it is still an alpha snapshot and not meant to be used for daily work!

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.


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