Fre:ac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.23
  • Total Downloads:
    835,124
  • 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Outdated interface: Fre:ac looks fairly outdated and is quite bare bones in appearance.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

"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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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 XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.18MB
File Name freac-1.0.23.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 835,124
Downloads Last Week 2,373
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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