fre:ac v1.1.7 Updated

Andrew Lee on 7 Mar 2023
  • 14MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Mar 2023
  • Suggested by Andrew Healey

fre:ac (pronounced "freak") is a feature-rich audio tool set featuring audio encoding and conversion, CD ripper, playlist and metadata editor. The program supports most popular audio formats such as MP3, M4A, WMA, OGG and FLAC, as well as support for a long list of additional converters such as Quicktime and Shorten. For CDs, the program supports reliable conversion (CD Paranoia), online databases (CDDB/GNUdb) and CDText, automatically writing song information metadata. The program is optimized for multi-core systems, making conversions as fast as possible.

Cross-platform (Mac, Linux, FreeBSD). Available in many world languages. Alternatively, fre:ac Portable automatically adjusts paths.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch 'freac.exe'. Optionally, delete unnecessary language and manual files, and 'translator.exe'.
Similar/alternative apps: CUETools, LameXP
What's new? See:

64 comments on fre:ac  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

smaragdus 2016-12-05 14:51

I prefer freac snapshots to freac stable because the snapshots support more encoders (including the best one- OptimFROG, Monkey's Audio, WavPack, etc).


Checker 2014-07-28 16:10

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)


smaragdus 2014-07-28 15:22


hamasaki 2013-07-29 12:46

This has been my preferred mp3 ripper for ages. Superb.


Goran 2011-05-13 22:51

mp3 file conversion crash with version 1.0.18 and 1.0.19.
Also, version 1.0.17 cut first few seconds mp3 files, only bug fix for 1.0.17a works.


JMPaul 2011-04-06 02:49

WMA config crash. If you select wma pro at 100% VBR feac may crash if you try to change it. You can delete the config XML file in application data folder to get another chance to select another WMA pro setting. Maybe it can help with other crashes too?


PartiallyHydronatedSoybeanOil 2011-04-03 15:20

That's besides the point, obviously. Unless John replies, I'm done with conversation.


Magibon 2011-04-03 07:47

@ PartiallyHydronatedSoybeanOil

Surely you understand John, PortableFreeware, and PortableApps do not charge for their work? You need an attitude check. They work hard, and share their work free of charge. They are not obligated to do anything. Quite the contrary, you should be grateful!


PartiallyHydronatedSoybeanOil 2011-04-03 00:23

@John, I didn't expect a reply. Okay I understand the patent law is f***ed and needs to be reformed, I get that part loud clear. That's not my main issue as pointed out. I have over 100 apps that are happy to live in Program Files directory. It doesn't matter if you think is a bad idea, you didn't install it there, I did. If your launchers are letting apps leak user data, then you need to fix it.


Magibon 2011-04-02 21:36

great app., i was using Payware "RiverPast" for my MP3 projects. Now i have a free, light alternative.

Great Addition!


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