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fre:ac – free audio converter and CD ripper

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.

Support: Developer Blog, Forums, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Robert Kausch
License: GNU General Public License v2.0

Fre:ac is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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