**Offer FLAC format in addition to (or instead of) WAV**
FLAC files are the same quality as WAV, but are much smaller and can include tags and album art.
Hello everybody. Today we introduced AIFF as a new lossless format that you can select during purchase. We’re hoping that this will address some of the functionality you’ve been asking for (metadata and album art in a lossless file). This forum will stay open so people can continue to vote for FLAC support and we would love to hear about your experiences using our AIFF downloads. For more information on why we started with AIFF, see this post: http://news.beatport.com/blog/2011/09/09/introducing-aiff-format/.
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Yes, Beatport is too late in this matter!
Don't know why it would be so hard to implement, when Bandcamp is able to give you pretty much any file type you want for your song downloads.
HDTracks = FLAC
BandCamp = FLAC
Qobuz = FLAC
Beatport = No way man, we're dinosaurs!
Indeed FLAC support would be _really_ appreciated (c'mon, we're at the end of 2020 already), and lossless formats should be at the same price than lossy formats (hello bandcamp :) ).
Also, not being able to download again purchased tracks is a big bottleneck in this music selling platform game.
AIFF format works perfectly fine. Adding FLAC would be nice, but neither AIFF nor WAV should be dropped.
Lack of FLAC support is the primary reason I have been giving other sites my money for YEARS at this point. Get with the program, Beatport.
We're over half way through 2019 and still no FLAC support. Please listen to your valued customers and offer tracks in FLAC format.
It took me a while to find a decent converter that retained the metadata tags when converting them in batches, but this one seems to fit the bill so far: https://www.idealshare.net/video-converter.html
That said, it should be relatively trivial for Beatport to convert the files in-house, or ask for the FLAC versions directly from labels, and offer at minimum 50% of the price difference between MP3 and AIFF/WAV due to the smaller impact on storage space and bandwidth. Anyone who has already bought the AIFF/WAV versions of a song or album should be allowed to download a FLAC version free-of-charge in that instance as a sign of goodwill between Beatport and its customers, and maybe even allow for free upgrades to FLAC from MP3 proportionate to the files that have already been bought as AIFF on a one-to-one basis.
While I would prefer price differences to be none between MP3 and AIFF/WAV/FLAC/ALAC et al, this would fit Beatport's current pricing mechanism and would allow for credit for songs already purchased in AIFF/WAV to be used in future should Beatport move to a consistent pricing platform to compete with Juno Download, Traxsource et al.
How is this still a discussion? I only purchase tracks from beatport if there is absolutely no other place to get the track. Your pricing and lack of options is ridiculous. We're in 2019 now and you are way behind the curve...
Yea I also convert it myself. It's actually very easy. I use foobar on windows.
You can convert AIFF to FLAC !
still waiting for FLAC support, what is taking so long?
AIFF doesn't play well on my phone (and Ubuntu PC). WAV doesn't have metadata. So I always convert to FLAC.
I disagree, why make beatport waste there time and resources on something you can just convert yourself if you would rather have flac.
I don't really understand why they even use AIFF. Sure, embedded metadata over WAV is a bonus but FLAC is superior in every possible way. Everyone can easily convert FLAC to any format they wish but since FLAC is compressed lossless format Beatport would save bandwidth quite a bit. Also downloads would be faster. It's painful to see how much behind Beatport is to, say, 7Digital. You have to pay massive premium yet no FLAC support which should be standard by now (also it's impossible to redownload tracks which doesn't really make any sense to me - after all, usually you would never have to do that again).
I trust your judgement Beatport,you and the artist know which formats are the highest qualities. Still,you should offer flac for the basic audiophiles,and keep aiff an d.wav for us critical audiophile. There is a difference in sound quality between aiff,.wav,and .flac Subtle difference at time,but a difference. Here are the links from credible audiophiles.
Once again I need to copy Beatport shopping cart to Juno Downloads shopping cart. So much unneccessary work. Please add FLAC support (and full length preview) ASAP.
I would much prefer FLAC to any of the formats you are currently offering.