No, FLAC Does Not “Sound Better” – Here’s What It Actually Is And Why It’s Important

But if only FLACs were in more widespread … circulation.

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Lately, I have read more and more individuals preaching the sonic virtues of FLAC with literally no idea what they are talking about. They spout annoying, misleading drivel that has no basis in reality whatsoever. Let’s learn about FLAC, why it’s good, and why it isn’t, shall we?

What in the fuck is “FLAC”?

FLAC is an audio encoding format. It’s also a very good one for a number of reasons. FLAC is a “lossless” format, meaning none of the data from the source recording is compressed or removed (assuming you use the same bit depth [not the same thing as bit rate] and frequency range). This is inarguably a good thing. Lossless is the word of the year (or last 3) among audiophiles, but the implications of lossless have been twisted and manipulated in ways that are just not factually supported.

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So I just migrated to elementary OS, and found a nice way of replicating the behaviour of the start menu icons from Windows

So I installed elementary OS last night with all the usual fuss of experimenting with ppas (Numix icon themes, tweaks, setting up eclipse… yeah I’m random) and what not. And unfortunately, I still haven’t resolved the issues with my APU not being supported (so screen capture doesn’t work). Not being able to advertise my install makes me wonder why I installed it in the first place.

However, I did discover a nice script by Vicki Chijwani at his blog. Basically coupling this with elementary OS tweaks utility, you can add shortcuts such as:

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and then bind this to a keyboard shortcut (ctrl + 1) in the Tweaks utility. Ideally, you want it to correspond to order in which they are arranged in Plank for consistency.

This gives a windows/unity like behaviour for the core applications which you frequently switch between.