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    Default FLAC 1.3 Released, First Update In A Long Time

    Phoronix: FLAC 1.3 Released, First Update In A Long Time

    The FLAC lossless audio codec has experienced its first major update in the better part of a decade. FLAC 1.3.0 is also the first release under Xiph.Org maintainership and comes with many new features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM4Nzg

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    Great!
    Now some Audio Magazine should write some HocusPocus why this new version sounds literally better than the old

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    Yes, it seems windows users can now create larger than 2gb files, and in proper utf-8 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maegashira View Post
    Great!
    Now some Audio Magazine should write some HocusPocus why this new version sounds literally better than the old
    Reading the change log, sound files created with FLAC 1.3 will not "sound better" in any way compared to older versions. First, FLAC is already lossless, so it cannot be made to sound better. At best it can be made to produce smaller files. But it seems there are no changes that would improve compression. Unless you have to handle long audio files that cannot be stored in traditional wave files, you use ReplayGain or need the localization/unicode fixes, there is little reason for end-users to upgrade. A software that needs the new version of the flac library will bring it on its own anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimA View Post
    [...] there is little reason for end-users to upgrade. A software that needs the new version of the flac library will bring it on its own anyway.
    I diasgree. Let's suppose you've got Wave64 format and you need to convert it to a normal flac format, then you don't have to use 3rd party software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimA View Post
    Reading the change log, sound files created with FLAC 1.3 will not "sound better" in any way compared to older versions. First, FLAC is already lossless, so it cannot be made to sound better.
    I think he was being sarcastic....I doubt people that read an audiophiles magazine wouldnt know what flac is, nor that it's lossless and what lossless means.
    It was a "monster gold cable for digital stuff" joke imo.

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