You downloaded a song in FLAC from the Internet and you don't know which program to open it with? Rest assured: FLAC files are nothing more than songs encoded with the free Free Lossless Audio Codec, which, unlike MP3, does not make the original file lose quality during compression. To listen to them, just resort to the use of multimedia players capable of supporting the format in question.
How do you say? This seems to be very interesting and would you like to know more? Very well, then let's do this: take a few minutes of free time, make yourself comfortable and immediately start to concentrate on reading this tutorial of mine dedicated, precisely, to how to open FLAC. In the end, you will see, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned.
In the following lines, in fact, we will find out what resources you have from yours to reproduce the aforementioned type of file on computers, smartphones and tablets, using programs and apps suitable for the purpose. I already anticipate that, contrary to what you might think, you won't have to do anything particularly complex. But now just chat and let's take action!
Programs to Open FLAC
As I told you at the beginning of the guide, for open FLAC it is sufficient to resort to the use of multimedia players capable of playing such files. If this interests you, below you will find those that in my opinion are the best in the category for Windows, MacOS e Linux, and the relative instructions for use.
VLC (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
The first solution to play FLAC files on computer that I recommend you try is VLC. Haven't you ever heard of it? Strange, it's a very famous program! In any case, there is no problem, let's fix it immediately: it is a free and open source software that allows you to read numerous audio and video formats, even in streaming, without the aid of external codecs. It is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the button Download VLC. When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and click on the button Yes in the window that appears. Then press the button OK to confirm the use of the Italian language and finish the setup by pressing forward three times in a row, Install e Close.
Se, invece, stai using MacOS, april il package .dmg ottenuto, trascina l 'VLC icon in the folder Applications macOS, right click on it, choose the item apri from the menu that appears and press the button apri to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start).
Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the VLC window on the screen, to play your songs in FLAC format, do this: drag the file icon into the player window and wait for the playback to start. Alternatively, click on the menu Media of VLC (top left), choose the item Open file and select the FLAC file on your PC that you want to play. To advance the song, pause it, adjust the audio level, etc., use the appropriate controls found on the toolbar at the bottom.
In addition to this, as I just indicated, once VLC is installed, you should be able to play FLAC files by simply double clicking on their icon. If this does not happen and if you are interested in it, you can do it by changing the program used as the default for opening the aforementioned file type, following the instructions on what to do that I gave you in my guide on how to change the default program.
Windows Media Player (Windows)
Windows Media Player, the default multimedia player of the operating systems Windows, does not allow playback of FLAC files. However, resorting to the use of the free codec pack Open Codecs the thing becomes feasible. Let's see immediately how.
To download the codecs, connect to the Open Codecs website and click on the link Windows 32/64-bit Installer: opencodecs_x.xx.xxxxx.exe. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe ottenuto and click on your button Yes, in the window that appears. Next, click on the button Next. Then accept the conditions of use of the program by clicking on the button I Agree, and click the button first Next twice in a row and then on the buttons install e FinishI will finish the setup.
It's done! You are now ready to listen to FLAC files with Windows Media Player. To do this, all you have to do is select a file of this type, by double clicking on it, and wait for the Windows Media Player window to appear on the desktop and for the file to be played. If Windows Media Player is not set as the default program for FLAC files, you can open them by right-clicking on them and selecting the entries Open with> Windows Media Player give the menu check if you press.
Using the commands in the player window you can also manage playback. If you see the player in a reduced version, you can click on the button with the four squares and the arrow which is located at the top right to display the "extended" window of Windows Media Player.
Another excellent - and historical - player you can turn to to play FLAC files is foobar2000. It's free, Windows only, and extremely versatile. It supports all major audio file formats and, despite a minimalist interface, is inclusive of several advanced features related to tags, sound equalization and audio CD ripping.
To use it, if you are using Windows 10 visit the relevant section of the Microsoft Store, click on the button Get to start the installation and, subsequently, on that starts, to start it. If, on the other hand, you are using a previous version of Windows, connected to the program's website and click on the link Download foobar2000 vx.x.x.
Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and click on the buttons Next e I Agree. Press the button again Nexton that one Yes and again on the button Next. Finally, click the buttons install e Finish.
Then, drag the FLAC file you want to listen to the foobar2000 pop-up window on the screen and click on the ► button at the top to start playing it. Alternatively, click on the menu Fillet placed at the top left, then on the item Open and select the FLAC file to play on your PC, then wait for the song to start playing automatically.
By taking advantage of the other buttons located at the top of the program window, you can then forward or reverse the playback of the song, adjust the volume, etc. Also in the case of foobar2000, if you want you can make the program become the default audio player, so you can play FLAC files by simply double clicking on their icon. To understand how to do this, follow the instructions I gave you in the guide on how to change the default program.
QuickTime Player (macOS)
Possiedi a Poppy? In that case, I'm happy to tell you that you don't necessarily need to go to third party solutions like VLC to open your FLAC files. In fact, you can also reproduce them using QuickTime Player, the “standard” player of MacOS capable of playing various audio and video formats, including the one covered by this tutorial.
To use it for your own purpose, start the application by clicking on its icon (Quella with the "Q") annexed to Launchpad. Alternatively, invoke QuickTime via Spotlight, Siri or dalla cartella Applications. Then select the FLAC file to play through the Finder that is shown to you and click on the ► button. Subsequently, using the buttons attached to the player window, you can forward or backward the song, pause it etc.
Another tool you can turn to for opening FLAC files on Mac is IINA: This is a free and open source media player only available for MacOS which supports playback of all major video and audio formats. It is very light, has a beautiful interface and returns excellent performance.
To download it to your computer, visit the program's website and click on the button Download. Then open the package .dmg obtained and move theicon of IINA (the one with the symbol ►) in the folder Applications say macOS.
Next, right click on the program icon, select the item apri from the menu that appears and press the button apri to bypass macOS restrictions for programs that come from non-certified developers (only required on first launch).
Now that you see the player window on your desktop, drag the FLAC file of your interest to it and wait for the song to play automatically. By placing the mouse pointer on the IINA window, you can also display the commands to go back and forth in playback, to pause it, etc.
In addition to the way I indicated above, you can open the FLAC files by clicking on the item apri that you find in the player window and selecting the element of your interest through the Finder that appears.
Do you want to open FLAC files with IINA by simply double clicking on their icon? Then you have to set the program as default for playing the aforementioned file type. To do this, follow the instructions on what to do that I gave you in my tutorial on how to change the default program.
App to Open FLAC
Let's move on now to the app for smartphones and tablets. If you are interested in understanding how to open FLAC files on the go, rely on the resources listed below. There are both for Android that for iOS.
In addition to computers, VLC, the multimedia player I told you about in the step at the beginning of the guide, is also available (for free) for Android and iOS and, even in this mobile variant, it allows you to open FLAC files without the slightest difficulty. Let's see immediately how.
First, you need to download the application to your device. If you are using Android, then visit the relevant section of the Play Store, tap the button Install and, if necessary, authorize the download by clicking on the button Accept. Stai using iOSinstead, connected to the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Ottieni / Installa and authorize the download via Face ID, touch ID o password.
Next, launch the app by pressing on its icon (Quella with il orange cone) present in Home Screen and, if you are using Android, press the button with the three lines horizontally located at the top left and select the item Audio. In the new screen that appears, select the song of your interest from the section Tracks, press the ► button (bottom right) and wait for the playback to start.
If you can't find the song you want to play using the section Audio of the app, choose the item Folders from the VLC side menu to explore your device memory or select the option Local network to, in fact, take the song from the files shared on your local network.
If, on the other hand, you are using iOS, to play the FLAC file you are interested in, click onVLC icon in the upper left part of the app screen, choose the location from which to take it from the options attached to the section Network (Local network, Cloud services etc.) and start playback by pressing the ► button at the bottom.
Google Files (Android)
Another system you have on your side to play FLAC files on Android consists in addressing Google files, the file manager made available by the giant of searches on the Net and which, among its many functions, also allows you to open files in the format in question. It's free, easy to use, and has a nice user interface too.
To download it on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store, tap the button Install and, if necessary, authorize the download by clicking on the button Accept. Then, open the app by tapping on the app icon (Quella with him colorful folders) present nella home screen.
Once the main Google Files screen is displayed, select the item Audio to view only the audio files saved on the device or tap on the item Internal Memory or on that relating toexternal storage and browse through various folders to reach the FLAC file. Then press on the name of the latter and wait for the playback to start.
Stai using a iPhone or a iPad, I am happy to inform you that you can open the songs in FLAC format also using Fillet, the “stock” file manager of iOS. The application is pre-installed on all mobile devices of the "bitten apple" starting from iOS 11, but if you have removed it you can download it again by visiting the relevant section of the App Store, by pressing the button Ottieni / Installa and authorizing the download via Face ID, touch ID o password.
To use it for your purpose, open the app by pressing on its icon (Quella with the blue folder and the white background) that you find on the home screen, select the FLAC file to open from one of the available positions by acting from the section Shop by Department, press on it, tap the ► button (located at the bottom) and wait for the playback to start. Easier than that?
Convertire I File FLAC
You don't care what programs, codecs and apps you can use for playing FLAC files but you'd rather know how to do them convert to MP3, so that you don't have compatibility problems? Then read my guide on how to convert FLAC files to MP3 to find out how to do it and what tools to use. If you use a Mac, you can read my specific post on how to convert FLAC to MP3 on Mac.
As for converting to other formatsInstead, I recommend reading my tutorial on how to convert audio files and my review on programs to convert music.