Fre:ac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 89 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.23
  • Total Downloads:
    769,394
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 01, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Fre:ac is an open source audio conversion software with helpful features and professional level capabilities -- all available for free.

Pros

Good format selection: Along with the ubiquitous MP3 and WAV formats, Fre:ac also allows you to work with more obscure, but still useful formats, such as OGG, VORBIS, and FLAC.

CD ripping capabilities: Fre:ac also works very well as a CD ripper. It has access to an online database with all the information you need to automatically populate all the metadata attached to the files, so they can be sorted and organized properly in your media library.

Quality settings: Fre:ac offers professional-level control over output files. Instead of being locked into a preset or a one-size-fits-all output, you can specify exactly what bit rate and quality you want your files to render at.

Cons

Outdated interface: Fre:ac looks fairly outdated and is quite bare bones in appearance. Its interface is not terribly intuitive at first glance.

Bottom Line

While Fre:ac's window dressing might be less elegant than some of its paid competitors, the power beneath the interface is as good or better as most other options.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Quick and intuitive"

May 05, 2014  |  By tgon

 |  Version: fre:ac 1.0.21a

Pros

Minimalist appearance, yet fully capable of many tasks.

Cons

No problems yet. I chose this program mainly for flac to mp3 conversions.

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4 stars

"it's a pretty good program"

April 04, 2014  |  By sonnyboy66

 |  Version: fre:ac 1.0.21a

Pros

It coverts pretty quickly for the ones I tried to convert, so give it a try

Cons

I have not used it enough to find any cons.

Summary

I think that I will enjoy it the more I use it.

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3 stars

"Not for me"

December 18, 2013  |  By hateucnet

 |  Version: fre:ac 1.0.21a

Pros

recognized CD Drive

Cons

Can't easily edit file names. CDDB is dodgy at best.

Summary

uninstalled. Prefer to use windows media player.

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5 stars

"Great Program That Works Great And Very Fast"

October 10, 2013  |  By joeyrocklean

 |  Version: fre:ac 1.0.21a

Pros

Ripped CDs easily

Cons

nothing right now

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4 stars

"Not everything obvious but works well and is simple"

August 11, 2013  |  By cedricgannet

 |  Version: fre:ac 1.0.21a

Pros

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Cons

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3 stars

"Almost Ready For Prime-Time"

July 13, 2013  |  By Smeaga31

 |  Version: Fre:AC 1.0.20a

Pros

Easy and fast install.
Many Codecs to choose from.
Makes great quality sounding rips/conversions.
Very intuitive layout and options.
One of the better ones I've tried but......

Cons

When I converted some properly tagged and labeled FLACs to MP3s it didn't carry over completely. My album art was missing. The Album Artist Was Left Blank. It Doesn't Tell you what disc number it is and doesnt tell you the total tracks. All of this information was included in the source files and other converters I've tried work better in this regard.

Summary

This really does create some very high quality rips/conversions but the tagging is just to incomplete for me. I have worked literally hundreds of hours tagging and labeling my rips. I even make my own thumbs for album art purposes and embed them in the rips. I don't want to have to recreate the wheel. It is very important to me to have all possible data in the tags. This just doesn't do it. Let's just say Fre:AC is almost ready for prime-time! For now I'll just stick with Easy CD-DA Extractor even if it cost a little.

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5 stars

"Free and Competent Converter AND RIPPER"

May 06, 2013  |  By rodmoyer

 |  Version: Fre:AC 1.0.20a

Pros

This is a competent and user friendly audio file converter supporting a great many formats. Some of the popular & free media converters out there do well with video and audio both. I use one such, but it does not rip audio from CDs. This software does that, well, with extensive configurability.

Cons

Have not discovered any issues yet.

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4 stars

"Quick ripping software"

May 02, 2013  |  By vex1

 |  Version: Fre:AC 1.0.20a

Pros

I was up and running within 5 minutes.

Cons

Doesn't allow you to skip ahead in the track while playing. It only has go a full track forward or back.

Summary

It accomplished what I needed within 5 minutes.

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3 stars

"It is ok but still has flaws"

April 14, 2013  |  By RedNeckRaider

 |  Version: Fre:AC 1.0.20a

Pros

This program is fast.

Cons

Fails to see many mp3 files.

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4 stars

"Kind of a small screen/font/workspace, but works well."

March 22, 2013  |  By jpmcneil

 |  Version: Fre:AC 1.0.20a

Pros

Works, pretty intuitive.

Cons

Small/kinda crowded.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.23
Version 1.0.23 is a service release updating codecs and translations and fixing several bugs found in earlier versions of fre:ac.
General
Publisher The BonkEnc Project
Publisher web site http://www.bonkenc.org/
Release Date November 30, 2014
Date Added December 01, 2014
Version 1.0.23
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.18MB
File Name freac-1.0.23.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 769,394
Downloads Last Week 2,010
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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