“ I know that WAV belongs to uncompressed lossless music and FLAC and APE are compressed. But I don’t know well what the difference between these two formats. Is anyone willing to answer it? ”
In the last article, we talked about APE to MP3 conversion, and then we have to mention another lossless audio format-FLAC. As two excellent lossless audio formats, they have always been favored. But ordinary listeners will still be confused about the quality of which is better. Then we see the questions above. So, what are the commonalities and differences between the two formats? Today we will discuss this issue. I hope this can offer a reference when you make a choice.
This discussion is divided into two parts, the first part is about the common ground and differentia of the APE and FLAC; another part is the steps to convert APE to FLAC.
High compression ratio, fast encoding, and source code opening.
These are the common features of APE and FLAC. The compression ratio of the FLAC and APE is basically the same: FLAC is in 58.75% and APE is higher-55.5%. Both of they can compress the file to half the size of the source file. Besides, the nature of open source means that any organization or individual can freely use these compression technologies and modify & release new products based on them.
Popping sound and compatibility.
These two points are the main difference between APE and FLAC. In the audio compression progress, the encoding is damaged. It leads to the fact that the processed data is inconsistent with the audio. Lossless compression can also cause code corruption. When solving this problem, FLAC uses mute to replace the lossy parts, while APE uses popping sound. Moreover, APE officially supports Windows system, and FLAC is on the contrary.
Therefore, if you worry that the occurrence of popping sound and incompatibility, you can convert the APE audios to FLAC.
From the information above we know that FLAC is more compatible with devices. To hold the tone quality, the best solution is to convert the APE to FLAC. Here are the steps. The APE to FLAC converter used below is f2fsoft Video converter. As its name suggests, except to convert audios, it can also convert various videos such as converting AVI to iMovie. What’s more, you can use it to improve the quality so that you can upload high-quality videos to Instagram.
Step1: load APE files
Open the APE to FLAC converter and click the Add File button to import the APE files.
Step2: clip audio and add subtitle
Pitch the T + icon on the list; you can load the subtitle from the local files.
Cut out audio
Tick the audio and you will find the function buttons above turn on from gray. Click the Clip button, you can cut out the unwanted part and merge the rest into one.
Adjust original volume
Move to Effect from the editing page, you can adjust the original volume.
Step3: select output format as FLAC
Back to the main page; pitch the drop-down button to pick up FLAC-Free Lossless Audio Codec from General Audio.
Step4: convert APE to FLAC
As all the preparation works finish, move the mouse to tick the Convert button. Then the APE to FLAC converter starts the conversion and later you can enjoy the audio.