Windows 10 will cater to audiophiles with native FLAC support

By John Williamson · 37 replies
Nov 27, 2014
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  1. Windows 10 will officially support the Free Lossless Audio Codec and offer audiophiles a new, more integrated way of enjoying their music collection. FLAC is a remarkable file format which retains the audio quality from the original source and compresses...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    Grasping at straws for Windows 10 popularity, only to drop support in the next OS release. My faith in MS is at an all time low.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    If I were an audiophile (I'm not even sure what that means) I would be quite excited but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were dropped before the official release.
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  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Windows should support a whole breadth of codecs and media. I'm still surprised that Microsoft doesn't even support DVD movie playback without 3rd party. Life's easier on a Mac in this respect.
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Windows media player has been able to play dvd movies natively since Vista. As for apple, since they no longer add optical drives to their computers I wound't be surprised if support was dropped at some point.

    I'd like to see them add blu-ray playback support.
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

  7. To be honest, I think you're full of crap. I have been hearing nothing but good and better news about Windows 10, and it really does seem as if they are putting in the effort to try make this release the best they have made yet, 7 included. Its not just Windows news that's looking on the upside, as virtually every section of this company seems to be hitting high points. Whatever their new CEO has done, he should do more of it. If your, so called, resolve has been shaken by one simple release of Windows, Windows 8, then I fear you have far more to be afraid of than whatever Microsoft releases. Your lack of faith, I find it disturbing, to quote a certain famous movie. You should really have that checked out. Microsoft is hardly the only company to have dropped something out of a final release you know, nor are they the most famous to have done so.
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  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    My resolve has been accumulating since the release of Win95. Each release has removed features I use. Call it progress if you wish, I will never call the removal of something useful progress. As far as Windows 8, I have nothing to say except I will not even look passed the square blocks long enough to consider the OS. And from the looks of it Windows 10 is carrying this tradition.
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    As a cochlear implant user, the difference between MP3 and lossless audio such as FLAC is like night and day. MP3 sounds muddy and indistinct, FLAC sounds the way it should.

    Having said that, the last time I used WMP it was an accidental occurrence some years back. Plenty of better players have had native or plug-in FLAC support for some time, so in this case I'd say Windows 10-years-too-late. (Not quite, but I think Winamp has had FLAC support for a handful of years).
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  10. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Because Microsoft decided to be Microsoft and remove that function just to charge extra for it.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    Therefor no longer "natively since Vista".
  12. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 139   +33

    A) I don't believe it.

    b) I've been able to play FLAC in desktop WMP using 3rd party tools for some time.

    c) It still needs to be supported in the "Metro" player, which per the rules of platform potability (to include ARM), needs to also include the codecs within itself.
  13. I still prefer MPC-HC With ffdshow-tryout as an external audio decoder.

    I can simply resample my audio stream into native 96kHz 24-bit, plus expanding stereo into surround 5.1... Best music experience ever...
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    They didn't want to charge 9x% of their userbase with something they didn't use in the base license cost.

    Basically it was just a way to trim the initial buy-in cost for the majority. If you are in the minority, or a purest who doesn't like regression, then this offends.

    FLAC is first option for me. This sort of move should be adopted across a whole lot more than just this. FLAC support should be in car head units, music players, supported in bluetooth audio devices without audio quality degradation and so on. Storage space is not the problem. We cater for large video. We have cameras in our phones that record 4k for crying out loud. There is no reason why we need to down sample things anymore.
  15. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +434

    About 35 years ago my brother coined the term audiowrench. Perhaps he stole it but I use the term to this day. I get the looks.
  16. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +434

    " there are uses for this high-fidelity format. For instance, bootlegging and live concerts"
    "I have been trading Pink Floyd FLAC oddities and unreleased demos for some time "

    Condoning piracy are yee? I don't care but I bet if pressed you would
  17. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +434

    So there. :)
  18. videoLAN player has been my 'go to' for years. Most of my music is .wav or .flac, only use mp3 for spoken word or audiobooks.
  19. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    it does and it does. yes, it"s all rainbows and sausages in mac land. except for that wifi thing, or that icloud breach thing, or any of the little odd things this macbook pro I'm typing this on does.
  20. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    I think you should still run win95 if it was so awesome. really, if what they have now just slows you down.... I was here for win 95 and earlier, and I have no idea what you could be referring to. unless you want to blue screen and the newer versions just can't get it done for you. if so I can see that being a problem for you.
  21. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    In the UK Windows 7 Pro 64-bit = £110
    In the UK Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit = £107
    (Same online store quoted (
    Bare in mind I've noticed Microsoft artificially keep Windows 7 prices high because it was actually selling. I think you'll find that's a load of rubbish to try and blame it on licensing prices...
    When 7 came out I saw Vista Ultimate Licenses drop to below £80...
  22. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    They need to redesign Windows Media Player, the UI & UX part are just horrendous (imho). -1/10
  23. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    And if your chick or wife is an audiophile herself then you can call her an audiowench. Imagine the looks you'll get then. :D ;)
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  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    Warning guys, we have a wannabe comic. They think twisting my words and ignoring the context, while beating the wrong end of the stick is relevant.
  25. John Williamson

    John Williamson TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    The music on these particular forums I have downloaded and shared are unreleased demos, and takes. They can not be purchased via only official means and I think it's sensible if fans want to enjoy the hidden content and preserve the history of the band.

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