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  • 5.0 stars

    "New release (2.0) fixes issues, just works!"

    June 26, 2013  |   By bdm_online

    Version: FLAC Frontend 2.0

    Pros

    It just works, I tested with Windows 7. The previous version didn't work out of the box. It ships a new version of FLAC too!

    Cons

    None that I care for

    Summary

    This update was definetly necessary, it fixes the issues mentioned in the other reviews here. Great.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Defunct. Not compatible with current Windows."

    November 2, 2011  |   By tiosancho

    Version: FLAC Frontend 1.7

    Pros

    Remember, people, we're rating the front-end, not FLAC itself.

    Cons

    This is not compatible with Windows 7, because there's an OCX control in it that won't register.

    Summary

    This is obsolete. It's a little sad that it still hasn't been updated for Windows 7 after all this time, but people are busy and this is free software.

    Updated on Nov 2, 2011

    Here's just one of many posts on the incompatibility:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/trying-to-install-flac-frontend-in-windows-7-64/f5db9dc0-0469-4a2f-9b4c-0d052b05586f

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Would have given it five stars 3 years ago."

    February 21, 2011  |   By AdmiralJosephCappuccino

    Version: FLAC Frontend 1.7

    Pros

    it's a very lightweight, no nonsense, do what you need to do program, great for going between high quality audio types.

    Cons

    It hasn't been updated since September 17, 2007

    Summary

    Flac frontend is great, basically everything good you'll read about it is true, go look; it's easy to find good things being said about this program. The problem is, for some reason, it hasn't been updated in almost FOUR YEARS and has a lot of problems with Windows 7 because of it. A lot needs to be done with registry editing and administrator control just to get it to install and run the first time and even after all that, there's no way to convert wav to flac with win7. It's sad because I love this program and have loved it since '06 on windows xp when I first found out what a flac file was.

    This thing is in dire need of an update.

    Oh well, now I'm off to find some other way to shrink this concert without making it mp3s.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "True lossless audio"

    January 11, 2011  |   By Debaser567

    Version: FLAC Frontend 1.7

    Pros

    Compresses WAV/CD at about 1/2 the size without any quality loss, fast, efficient, handles errors well, and hardware/software support makes FLAC the best lossless archive format to rip/compress to and essential for anyone with lots of music.

    Cons

    Doesn't always compress quite as well as rival lossless formats. However, the differences in size (if any) are miniscule and quality is equal, plus FLAC's superior error handling and support more than make up for this.

    Summary

    If you are satisfied with MP3s and digital downloads, there's no reason to start your entire music collection anew with FLAC or any other format, lossless or otherwise, for that matter. However, if you have lots of CDs and/or uncompressed WAVs, I strongly advise you to compress to FLAC. It will save you lots of hard drive space and, if used with the brilliant ripper EAC (Exact Audio Copy), guarantees you a perfect, digital copy of your music collection you can draw from at any time and provides an excellent backup in case something happens to your CDs. It's all about the quality.

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