Last Updated on September 1, 2020
fre:ac is a versatile audio converter and CD ripper with many useful features and good customization options. It supports a wide range of formats, including obscure ones. Fre:ac also works very well as a CD ripper.
Unlike abcde, fre:ac doesn’t offer support for MusicBrainz. You’ll have to be satisfied with CDDB for CD information lookups.
The application lets you convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure.
Fre:ac offers professional-level control over output files. Instead of being locked into a preset or a one-size-fits-all output, users can set the bit rate and quality to render files.
Some of the functionality described in this review is only available with the latest preview release. But I experienced very few issues with the latest preview. Things like good support for multi-disc albums is warmly welcomed.