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fre:ac 1.1.6

fre:ac - free audio converter

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure. The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.


  • Converter for MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats
  • Integrated CD ripper with CDDB/freedb title database support
  • Portable application, install on a USB stick and take it with you
  • Multi-core optimized encoders to speed up conversions on modern PCs
  • Full Unicode support for tags and file names
  • Easy to learn and use, still offers expert options when you need them
  • Multilingual user interface available in 40 languages
  • Completely free and open source without a catch

fre:ac 1.1.6 changelog:

Added native support for Windows on the ARM64 architecture

New features

  • added support for editing lyrics in the tag editor
  • added support for creating cue sheets and playlists with freaccmd


  • improved performance of adding video and proprietary audio files (DTS, DSD etc.) to the joblist
  • playlists can now be added to the joblist by drag & drop
  • added and placeholders for use in filename patterns
  • added optional composer, conductor, tempo, musical key and ISRC columns to the joblist
  • added initial key field to tag editor
  • added support for lyrics in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
  • added support for parsing OverDrive MediaMarkers in ID3v2 tags
  • added support for the pre-emphasis flag in cue sheets

Bug fixes

  • fixed possible crash upon querying the CDDB database
  • fixed possible crash in FAAD2 decoder when trying to open unsupported files
  • fixed faulty decoding of certain AAC files caused by a bug in the FDK-AAC decoder
  • fixed possible faulty output when decoding from non-zero positions using external decoders
  • fixed issue ripping CD tracks when output filename pattern is
  • fixed AccurateRip reporting verification errors for hidden track one audio
  • fixed setting to replace spaces not being respected when writing cover art and log files
  • fixed setting to suppress Unicode characters not being respected when writing cover art and log files
  • fixed tag editor fields for media type, catalog number and barcode being limited to 12 characters
  • fixed freeze when decoding certain WMA files on Windows
  • fixed drag & drop not working after online update on Windows

New and updated codecs

  • added native Apple Lossless decoder
  • updated FFmpeg to version 5.0
  • updated Monkey's Audio to version 7.23
  • updated mpg123 to version 1.29.3
  • updated libsamplerate to version 0.2.2

New translations

  • added Swedish and Portuguese (Brazilian) manuals

Download: fre:ac (formerly BonkEnc) 1.1.6 | Portable ~20.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: fre:ac 32-bit | Portable 32-bit
Links: fre:ac Home Page | Other Operating Systems

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