BatchEncoder is the first (and perhaps the last) audio converter that supports LA!
Well, La Frontend
(which stealth after extraction) is audio converter that supports LA. It can be extended with third-party encoders, exactly like BatchEncoder, and less then 350 KB in size.
You like abandoned coders? How about Shorten, Lpac or even RKAU? I don't judge, but why if there are FLAC and, maybe, Monkey's Audio?
You are right, La
is portable (settings saved in config.xml
inside program folder) but it requires .NET and it has some inconveniences (it does not remember for example its desktop position after restart).
I like codecs which achieve better compression and Lossless Audio
) is one of the better ones in terms of compression, see below an old screen-shot showing compression sizes of lossless codecs (I performed this test about 2 years ago):
If I do new tests I will share my results again.
I do not like FLAC
. Its compression ratio is mediocre compared to LA
, etc. In my tests OFR
always beats all other lossless codecs in terms of compression. I do not care about the compression speed since while the encoding takes place I am usually not waiting for the process to complete but doing other things. So encoding in APE
, etc, may take longer than encoding in FLAC
but the results are better and permanent. Why should I care if LA
is abandoned when it performs better than FLAC
, which is still in active development? LA
released on 2004.02.08 still compresses better than FLAC
released on 2017.01.01.