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While it doesn't affect those of you who have no idea what FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is, today's Android 3.1 announcement (see the SDK release here) will make a lot of people who gave up MP3s for FLAC files happy. Forget happy - think ecstatic. Unlike MP3s, FLAC is a lossless codec, meaning it does not degrade in quality after compression, making it the perfect solution for audiophiles who really care about the quality of their sound.

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After staring at the issue (#1461) (and I'm sure working hard on implementing support for it) for over 2 years, the Android team finally added native FLAC decoding to Android starting with Android 3.1, the latest iteration of Honeycomb. My guess is it won't be backported to Gingerbread and Froyo, but will roll perfectly into Ice Cream Sandwich and onward.

1779 people who have currently starred the issue, it's time to break open the champagne, wait for the 3.1 update, and watch your favorite media player suddenly gain confidence around your FLACs.

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Source: Core Media Formats in Android via reddit

Artem Russakovskii
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  • asdase23e

    starred it as well ... at last they have added it, better late than never but I've already switched to PowerAMP so not much of a help now

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      PowerAMP is indeed a trooper for already supporting FLAC. Invincible app.

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    If stock Android still can't do gapless playback then it still can't do lossless playback, so I wonder how many people this will really please.

    (It's hardly lossless playback if it inserts or removes samples between every single track on an album.)

    But, eh, PowerAMP does both now, for a few bucks extra, so who cares about the (laughing-)stock player?

  • GergS

    FLAC has been supported in CM for years on the stock app. Just sayin'.

    • Double

      supported on all samsung touchwiz devices as well.

  • tom

    I love FLAC and even gave some albums using it, but do the Android sound drivers really have enough drive to hear the difference between 192 and FLAC? Or am I just letting impedence get in the way of a discussion it has no relevance to?

  • KSULL72487

    THANK GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!! COME ON ALREADY FLAC IS WAY BETTER. CDS, MEDIA DEVICES ETC. FLAC SHOULD OVERTAKE THE MARKET MP3 HAS FOR QUALITY REASONS ETC.

    -YES, CM USERS ALREADY HAVE THE ABILITY.

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    Nice one. Remember ppl if it's in the OS then manufacturers can add hardware decoding of it.