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If you’re not familiar with .FLAC files, here’s a quick primer: FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. As it says, the L stands for lossless, which means that any FLAC file played is an exact replica of an original, uncompressed, high-quality audio file, which is a rarity among other popular audio compression formats, like MP3 and WAV. No matter if it’s from a line-in recording, a CD, a music file created in software like Logic Pro, Pro Tools, or GarageBand, there is no reduction in quality from the way FLAC compresses the file. That makes it much smaller than the original file, but with the highest quality of audio available.
Typically you see FLAC files used by music nerds, audiophiles, sound engineers, music producers and many more. They’re good for all manner of things out there that rely on audio manipulation, because they’re the ideal audio version of an audio file.
Unfortunately, Apple Music doesn’t play FLAC files on Mac, which is why if you want to play a FLAC file on Mac you’re going to need to go third party, like Elmedia Player!
Not with the default audio players for Mac. However, there are a bunch of different third-party audio players for Mac, the easiest to use of which is Elmedia Player. It’s popular, multi-faceted, and diverse which plays FLAC audio files with no additional codecs required to download!