There are many audio file formats some of them are more popular than the others. For example, we are all familiar with the MP3 audio file format which became popular in the late 1990s because of their high compression and negligible quality loss.
Compression was very important in old days when data storage devices were expensive but now-a-days both the local data storage and the cloud data storage has become cheaper than ever before. This is why now audio file formats like FLAC have become popular that do not provide much of a compression but do offer very high quality of the sound reproduction. Similarly, HEIC image file formats have gained popularity because of their high quality content despite the fact that they provide very low level of data compression.
FLAC is a very high quality audio file format and if you have a collection of FLAC audio file then it is a good idea to check them for possible corruption or other errors. This can be done easily using FLAC Frontend which comes with the FLAC command line program too. Here is how:
- First of all download the FLAC Frontend from http://sourceforge.net/project/flacfrontend. Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file to any folder of your choice and launch FLAC frontend-NET40.exe.
- In FLAC Frontend, click on the Add Files button to add the FLAC files in the list.
- After you have added all the files, click on the Test for errors button.
- You will see a command line interface program display the information. For all the FLAC files that are tested good, you will see OK next to them. For the corrupt files, you will see detailed information about the errors.
FLAC Frontend might contain an older version of the FLAC command line program. But we can download the new version of FLAC command line tool from https://xiph.org/flac/download.html and replace the older version in FLAC Frontend with the files from the new version easily.