The Future of FLAC
The Future of FLAC
Aug 31 2012, 17:26
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From January 2012 FLAC is being maintained by Erik de Castro Lopo under the auspices of the Xiph.org Foundation.
...but I guess this guy does not have the access to flac.soureforge.net
From an Email I sent off to Eric,
Mr Spoon wrote:
> We have been trying to find what has happened to Josh for quite a while
He's fine, just not working on FLAC anymore.
> now, we came across https://github.com/crrodriguez/flac which suggests =
> you have taken over FLAC management? is this correct?
Yes it is.
> have you taken over flac.sf.net also?
We are in the process of moving the web pages to:
Once that is done, we will ask Josh to set up a HTTP redirect on the
flac.sf.net web site.
So it seems Josh is no longer working on FLAC, I am concerned that merging into xiph might not be best for FLACs future...(it is nothing personal against xiph), FLAC has a window of opportunity to become the defacto lossless codec, but without strong management it will not (and in 4 years everything will be in Apple lossless, or some such)
I propose that a team from HA is put together and then propose to xiph that such a team take over FLACs stewardship. If you are interested put your name forward, and if the team is strong, we can propose.
This post has been edited by spoon: Aug 31 2012, 21:50
Nov 20 2012, 05:29
Joined: 11-February 12
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FLAC needs >2G support
More or less, they reached a point of maturity. But they still need to do improvements (2gb limit for example).
This bugfixed version http://www.foobar2000.org/encoderpack does, as you can see from the news here: http://www.foobar2000.org/?page=News
AFAIK the future Xiph's format Ghost will support lossless. But it won't be ready any time soon.
I'm honestly not really interested in formats that support both lossy and lossless mode. It's purely my opinion, but I like knowing that if I have a FLAC file that I have an exact copy of the audio that was encoded. If I want audio in a form where I don't mind loss, then there are plenty of choices out there. Mixing lossy and lossless audio in the same codec does nothing but confuse the issue and introduce too much chance of mistaking a lossy version as lossless and introducing loss into a signal chain that was intended to be lossless.
Imagine if mp3 had a lossless mode and you had the hordes of noobs out there mangling their encodes because they don't understand the difference. You'd have people loading sansa clips with lossless mp3 files then complaining because they can only get 5 or 6 albums on it. Then you'd have "CD backups" loaded with 128Kbps CBR files. You know it would happen, A LOT.
Keep it simple.
You couldn't have explained better why I don't like WavPack.
Opensource projects are too easily abandoned, what does it really take to switch website like Xiph was saying? Don't want to be rude but people don't really have half an hour to do this? I'd love too see FLAC becoming the default lossless codec of every system.
This post has been edited by eahm: Nov 20 2012, 06:06
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