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Key Details of Fre:ac

  • Rip CDs, tag, and convert audio files into different formats
  • Last updated on 06/23/20
  • There have been 4 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 22, 2014

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Outdated interface: Fre:ac looks fairly outdated and is quite bare bones in appearance.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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.2a

Version 1.1.2a:
  • Fixed font scaling with high DPI settings

General

Release June 23, 2020
Date Added June 23, 2020
Version 1.1.2a

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,074,816
Downloads Last Week 8
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Developer's Description

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, AAC, FLAC, Opus, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA and other formats. With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to FLAC or MP3 files. Files can be automatically tagged to include artist and title information obtained from the CDDB/freedb online CD database. The user interface is available in several languages.