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Fre:ac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 91 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.24
  • Total Downloads:
    857,484
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 02, 2015
  • 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Outdated interface: Fre:ac looks fairly outdated and is quite bare bones in appearance.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

"Outstanding for big batch conversion of MPEG-4 to MP3"

April 28, 2015  |  By RogueWave9

 |  Version: Fre:ac 1.0.23

Pros

I had ~10,000 hard files in MPEG-4 format (iTunes' handiwork ...bleah) that I needed to convert to MP3, so that I could listen to them in Xbox Music via OneDrive cloud storage. User reviews had warned me away from other converters that CNET had endorsed, because they come with malware and other unwelcome hitchhikers. So I went for this one instead. It's great! There seems to have been no malware, etc. And it converted 1000's of files at a time to MP3 without a glitch. (Of course, this takes a while.) I was able to tell it to put these new MP3's in their original folders (i.e., artist by artist, album by album), and I was able to tell it to delete the original MPEG-4's from those same folders ...but be aware that you have to select this option manually for each batch you run. To get decent quality bitrates and files sizes comparable to the MPEG-4 originals, I set the encoder to "Fast, Extreme." I was so pleased with the results that I donated $5 on Fre:ac's website.

Cons

The only negative is that the buttons and options aren't always given intuitively comprehensible names ...at least not for a non-techie like me. Free advice: Before jumping into big batch conversions, start small and fool around with the options till you're sure you know it's going to do what you want. And then make sure those options are set correctly for each batch you run.

Summary

A++++. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the developer.

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5 stars

"Easy, Good encoding options"

January 24, 2015  |  By nzcdog

 |  Version: Fre:ac 1.0.23

Pros

I needed something to convert m4a's to mp3... does a great job, plenty of encoding options or simply use presets... thumbs up! Even better No adware, bloatware or hijacks or spam screens.

Cons

None I have discovered

Summary

I have only used it to covert m4a's to mp3s. Works great, highly recommended.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.24
Version 1.0.24 is a service release that updates codecs and fixes several minor issues found in earlier versions of fre:ac.
General
Publisher The BonkEnc Project
Publisher web site http://www.bonkenc.org/
Release Date August 01, 2015
Date Added August 02, 2015
Version 1.0.24
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.19MB
File Name freac-1.0.24.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 857,484
Downloads Last Week 2,646
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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