FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a free lossless digital audio format developed by Xiph.Org. A compressed FLAC file can be reduced by between 50-70% of the original size and decompress back to the original sound data. This file format supports metadata like ID3 tags, cover art, and album title.
AC3 is an audio format designed by Dolby Digital to offer surround sound listening. This format is available on most Blu-ray and DVD media files and is played using a Dolby Digital DVD Player. Interestingly, AC3 can be output in up to six speakers of a home stereo system. On a computer, AC3 can be opened on VLC Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player, and Windows Media Player.
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