fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper which integrates various popular formats and encoders. It currently supports MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and Bonk files.
fre:ac makes it easy to convert your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files which you can use in your hardware player or with your favorite audio software. The program supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database and CDText and automatically writes song information to ID3V2 or Vorbis comment tags.
This branch contains snapshots and beta releases of the active development tree that will eventually lead to fre:ac version 1.1.
Reviewing Snapshot 20150725 (Jul 25, 2015)
2.5 years into development of this "branch" and it's finally starting to provide enough benefits to consider upgrading from Bonk 1.0.16. It's available in 64 bit code and now has what appears to be some true multi-core support. Conversion times for groups of files seems greatly improved over 1.0.16, for example. This, plus the return to the LAME encoder makes this development release worth looking at.
Reviewing Snapshot 20120930 (Oct 1, 2012)
Switching AWAY from the Lame encoder?
Project is going in reverse, not forward.
Reviewing Snapshot 20120916 (Sep 18, 2012)
Not a fan of this branch. The original line worked fine up and until Bonk 1016, but things started to get unstable after that, and then they decided to start this "fork" project, and it all went downhill from there.
First, there should be a Clear feature and capability comparison between what Bonk 1016 had and what this "fork" offers, so people know if they are losing any features, and also know what new / unique / modified features to test for stability and functionality.
Second, the download size is more than double that of Bonk 1016. What are you giving us for that double size? Anything worth having?
What is this "fork" trying to be? Are you an encoder and converter? Are you a Music library? Are you a Video download program? What the heck are you trying to accomplish with this?
Also, development is so sluggish it's almost stagnant. You've been left in the dust by lots of other programs that do much of what you are trying to do and they do it a whole lot better.
Throw onto the pile all of those bugs going on and you have a product not even worth trying.
Skip this "fork" and go with the standard program instead.
Reviewing CVS 20100727 (Jul 27, 2010)
Some interface and slow-down issues are showing up in this latest release. Dragging and dropping entries onto the app often results in screen corruption, which sometimes can be dealt with by scrolling up and down the file list. Also, when I do drag and drop those files over, sometimes the speed at which they are added is noticeably slower than 1.0.14 and 1.0.15.
I hope the developer is able to lock down the code on the core features before adding the enhanced tag editing / presentation and other useful concepts. I'm a big supporter of Bonk, but this development version does feel a bit more "raw" than I would have expected, and crashes happen frequently enough to be of concern.
Please keep up the good work, and thanks for keeping it free.
Reviewing CVS 20090221 Alpha (Feb 23, 2009)
I've been using BonkEnc for some time now, and I like it. This development version is really shaping up. It has more codecs and can handle everything I throw at it. Now if there was a good freeware Bonk player.
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