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About FLAC as Digital Delivery Method for Lossless Audio
Save space without sacrificing quality.

What is FLAC?
FLAC is similar to MP3, but it is lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality.  This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio. FLAC is freely available and supported on most operating systems, including Mac OS X, Windows, other "unix" systems (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, IRIX), BeOS, OS/2, and Amiga.

How do I get a FLAC file? has obtained lossless, master-quality audio files for select tracks and converted them to FLAC for distribution. Simply select FLAC as your option to add to your cart, and you will be provided with a link to download the FLAC file. If no FLAC is available in your cart options, you will have to order a CD or CD-ROM of another format for that track.

OK, I Purchased and Downloaded a FLAC file. Now what?
In order to use your lossless audio file in another application, you need to decode it into either WAV or AIFF files. There are several free programs for every platform that will do this for you in a matter of seconds. You can download them for free from the Support page, or from the program suppliers. Once your FLAC file has been decoded, you can then use it in any of your video or multimedia programs.

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