**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/.
Downloading wav (or aiff for that matter) is a huge inconvenience. If I can find the same track in flac in a different store I will always buy from them. Wave files significantly larger than flac so they take longer to download. Also since it takes longer to download the files will are more likely to get cut off which is a huge pain. I don't see why this hasn't been done yet since many online music stores support this already, not to mention the savings in bandwidth (we're talking like 40-50% for all lossless purchases). I would like to see some justification on why this request which has been open for quite a while has been neglected.
FLAC support, please!
I stopped using Beatport because of this, and only make purchases here for tracks that I can not find anywhere else. I am not a fan of AIFF but I am glad that is at least an option now. If you add FLAC as an option I will start making the majority of my purchases on Beatport again.
Beatport, consider this:
- FLAC is a free codec in fullest sense.
- It would be a relatively small investment on your end to encode on-the-fly to FLAC as you do with AIFF.
- It would make lots of people happy to have this option.
The results outweigh the cost, right?
Are you saying you haven't supported FLAC YET?! This was posted 3 years ago, are you kidding me? Beatport has some music I have never seen before and you don't offer FLAC? Great... that's just great.. how can you alienate current and new customers by offering something they didn't even ask for? AIFF? I know what it is, but that's not a format I choose to use... I can convert it indeed but you know what I don't want to have to convert files if I can get it in FLAC the only time I would even consider converting is physical media (CDs)
c'mon... let's get real here...
Beatport set the standard for quality!
FLAC support is necessary!
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.