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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 40 languages

    fre:ac comes with a multilingual user interface and is currently available in 40 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, Afrikaans, Basque, 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 20170729
Saturday, 29 July 2017 17:33

fre:ac snapshot 20170729 has been released and is now available for download!

The new release includes a simple protocol viewer and improves handling of several audio formats. It changes the way virtual .aiff files generated for audio CD tracks on macOS are handled to prevent the CD drive from constantly repositioning the laser, allows decoding some .m4a files with defective headers that previous versions rejected and adds support for decoding ATRAC-1 files.

The new version also introduces some performance optimizations that can speed up parallel conversions by up to 5% and updates all codecs to the latest versions, most notably the Opus codec to the new 1.2 release.

In addition, fre:ac 20170729 includes lots of minor improvements and fixes for issues found in earlier versions of fre:ac.

Upgrading to the 20170729 release is strongly recommended if you are using an earlier snapshot. Please be aware, however, that this is a preview release and not meant for daily work. Please report issues on the SourceForge bug tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

 
fre:ac snapshot 20170317
Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:59

fre:ac snapshot 20170317 has been released and is now available for download!

This release adds support for album artist tag fields and improves cuesheet and playlist handling by allowing to write separate cuesheets/playlists per output folder and by adding support for reading cuesheets stored in tags.

It also adds a heuristic to infer title information from file and folder names in the absence of tags and makes all supported codecs available in the freaccmd command line interface.

In addition, the new release includes numerous minor improvements, some codec updates and several fixes for issues found in earlier versions of fre:ac.

Upgrading to the 20170317 release is strongly recommended if you are using an earlier snapshot. Please be aware, however, that this is a preview release and not meant for daily work. Please report issues on the SourceForge bug tracker or by email to support@freac.org.

The new snapshot is available in the downloads section.

 
fre:ac v1.0.28
Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:04

fre:ac version 1.0.28 has been released on 19th February 2017.

The new release updates the FLAC codec to version 1.3.2, updates the traditional Chinese translation and fixes a bug related to cover art handling.

Upgrading to fre:ac v1.0.28 is recommended to all users of earlier versions. You can download it at the downloads section of this site.

 

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