**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/.
update to my comment from a minute ago: now voting worked, it was blocked by ghostery.
yeah!!! I definetely agree with that: please add FLAC!
i wanted to vote for this with 3 votes, but I got the error message "couldn't submit your vote"... so please add +3 votes (=480 votes by now!)
of course we can convert, but why don't you offer that right away?
please add FLAC support
Considering you guys are already encoding AIFF on the fly I don't see why FLAC on the fly would be that much harder. A small value added feature that a lot of us would greatly appreciate.
Come now Beatport, there is no reason to hesitate on providing FLAC as a suitable format for digital downloads. It is a lossless format that retains the original quality of recorded music after being copied and should be applied to digital downloads, too. If Beatport is too slow to consider this, then realize you guys are way behind Creative Commons sites such as Ektoplazm who already have been providing high quality music as FLAC for years and years.
FLAC is a must!
The internet popularized the MP3 years ago. Now it's time to reclaim HIGH QUALITY MUSIC in clubs and use a lossless format for distribution.
Beatport, you are a beacon of premium quality formats, you have to embrace and support FLAC files as available download.
Come on beatport guys, we absolutely need FLACs as the standard instead of 320 kpbs mp3. In this day and age of exponential growth in storage and bandwidth 320 is no more acceptable.
It really is time beatport adapted to technology.
flac is lossless the same as wav or aiff BUT smaller. Any time I buy a wav or aiff the first thing I do is convert to flac then bin the original - better metadata, same sound.
+1 for flac
Windows also show support to FLAC, they fix tag editing and now you can see ID in windows explorer!
i support & voted for the addition of FLAC format. i emailed support many years ago asking for this :)
FLAC: its the most used lossless format by Audiophiles (with ALAC coming next I assume)
flac is also offered by default by all the small high end Portable music player manufacturers: iBasso, Colorfly etc, list goes on.
AIFF is probably a welcome addition for some, but personally I prefer FLAC and I really want to see it here. Most other platforms that are offering lossless files are now offering FLAC as the default choice.
The problem with this suggestion is many leading laser lighting programmes support WAV (MP3's result in time slippage), and FLAC isn't supported.
So doing away with WAV would render a lot of music unprogrammable in laser show softwares, which in turn would mean no more pre-programmed shows in clubs.
High quality art is a must have on beatport when buying wav. I need them for my flac player on ipad and the art should be 1425x1425 pixel at least 800kb, 2mb up for png at 300dpi. Someone mention about flac on here but I don't trust anyone to decompress my wav to flac as I can do it myself accurately. I use eac V1.0 beta 3 to decompress all my purchase wavs because I had it setup for perfect cd ripping on what.cd. junodownload offer flac but I do not know if they use dbpoweramp or eac and their setting might be at default level for flac which is -5 and not verify where as mine is -8 -V -T the highest compression. Anyways this site need to have cover art for every purchase like junodownload does.
Yes please. AIFF is brilliant, far better than WAV. FLAC would be better still and cut down on your bandwidth costs. While you're at it, please reduce the lossless upgrade cost per track. Lossless is the future for digital DJs as storage and processing power gets cheaper and cheaper, so get with the programme or you'll lose significant sales to your competition. If you were the same price as your competition you'd crush them.