Free and open-source audio converter and CD extractor for macOS!

Fre:ac for Mac

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Fre:ac for Mac

  -  43.46 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    Fre:ac 1.1.6 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.12 Sierra or later

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  • Author / Product

    Robert Kausch / External Link

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Fre:ac (BonkEnc) for Mac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With Freac for macOS, you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure.

The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.

Converter for MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats
Freac converts freely between all supported formats. No matter if you need WMA to MP3, MP3 to WAV, M4A to MP3, WAV to MP3 or any other conversion, It supports any combination of formats.

Integrated CD ripper with CDDB/freedb title database support
The integrated CD ripper will convert your audio CDs to files on your hard disk. It supports all of the formats available for regular audio file conversion. It can query the CDDB/freedb online CD database to find artist and title information prior to ripping. No need to enter track names manually.

Portable application, install on a USB stick and take it with you
It can be installed on a USB stick or external drive so you can take it with you and use it on any computer. It will also store its configuration files on the portable drive. That way it will always start up with your custom settings.

Multi-core optimized encoders to speed up conversions on modern Macs
The MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk encoders integrated with fre:ac make use of modern multi-core CPUs, so ripping and converting speeds get a real boost. You will save time and get the job done quickly.

Full Unicode support for tags and file names
It provides full support for the Unicode character set. That way it can handle not only Latin scripts, but also Japanese, Cyrillic, Arabic or Indian. If you like music from all over the world, you can tag your files correctly.

Easy to learn and use, still offers expert options when you need them
fre:ac's user interface is designed to be intuitive so you will be able to use the basic features without any trouble. It still offers advanced options when you need them so you will be able to go beyond simple ripping and format conversion using the tool.

Multilingual user interface available in 40 languages
It comes with a multilingual user interface and is currently available in 40 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, Lithuanian, Greek, Turkish, Hungarian, Romanian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Hebrew, Arabic, Afrikaans, Basque, Esperanto, Galician, Catalan, and Valencian). It can be translated to other languages easily using the 'smooth Translator' utility that is included in the distribution.

Completely free and open source without a catch
The program is available for free without any adware or other foul things. However, the project relies on your support to be able to push the development further. If you like this software, please consider making a donation. Click on one of the icons in the donation section to the right to support the project with a donation.

Also Available: Download Fre:ac for Windows

  • Fre:ac 1.1.6 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- New features:
- Added support for editing lyrics in the tag editor
- Added support for creating cue sheets and playlists with freaccmd
- Improved performance of adding video and proprietary audio files (DTS, DSD etc.) to the joblist
- Playlists can now be added to the joblist by drag & drop

- and placeholders for use in filename patterns
- optional composer, conductor, tempo, musical key and ISRC columns to the joblist
- initial key field to tag editor
- support for lyrics in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
- support for parsing OverDrive MediaMarkers in ID3v2 tags
- support for the pre-emphasis flag in cue sheets

- possible crash upon querying the CDDB database
- possible crash in FAAD2 decoder when trying to open unsupported files
- faulty decoding of certain AAC files caused by a bug in the FDK-AAC decoder
- possible faulty output when decoding from non-zero positions using external decoders
- issue ripping CD tracks when output filename pattern is
- AccurateRip reporting verification errors for hidden track one audio
- setting to replace spaces not being respected when writing cover art and log files
- setting to suppress Unicode characters not being respected when writing cover art and log files
- tag editor fields for media type, catalog number and barcode being limited to 12 characters
- freeze when decoding certain WMA files on Windows
- drag & drop not working after online update on Windows

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