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FLAC is lossless compression. During compression, you can set a compression option: setting this to a higher level creates a smaller file that is still lossless by taking more time to process the file. This compression level is included in the file, so the decoder will know how to decompress it. So two FLACs created from the same source using different ...


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As a followup to Suuuehgi's answer, I'd also like to add that if you are starting from a CD and ripping it directly to FLAC, encoding time may not matter at all because you have to first rip the music, which takes time. Here's what I tried: Using dbPowerAmp CD Ripper, I ripped my copy of Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas" album. I ripped it once at ...


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