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fre:ac 1.1.6 – Neowin


Razvan Serea

January 23, 2022 1:00 PM EST

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper supporting various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.

With fre:ac, you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that cannot be played with other audio software. You can even convert entire music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure. Built-in CD ripper supports CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query the song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags.


  • Converter for MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats
  • Built-in CD ripper with CDDB/freedb title database support
  • Portable application, install it on a USB key and take it with you
  • Multi-core optimized encoders to speed up conversions on modern PCs
  • Full Unicode support for tags and filenames
  • Easy to learn and use, always offers expert options when you need them
  • Multilingual user interface available in 40 languages
  • Completely free and open source without a hitch

fre:ac 1.1.6 changelog:

Added native Windows support on ARM64 architecture

New features

  • added support for editing lyrics in tag editor
  • added support for creating cue sheets and playlists with freaccmd


  • improved performance of adding proprietary video and audio files (DTS, DSD, etc.) to the task list
  • playlists can now be added to the task list by drag and drop
  • added and placeholders for use in filename patterns
  • added optional composer, conductor, tempo, musical key and ISRC columns to the task list
  • added initial key field to tag editor
  • added support for lyrics in ID3v2, MP4, Vorbis Comment, APEv2 and WMA tags
  • added support for parsing OverDrive MediaMarkers in ID3v2 tags
  • added pre-emphasis flag support in cue sheets

Bug fixes

  • fixed possible crash when querying the CDDB database
  • fixed possible crash in FAAD2 decoder when trying to open unsupported files
  • fixed faulty decoding of some AAC files caused by a bug in the FDK-AAC decoder
  • fixed possible faulty output when decoding from non-zero positions using external decoders
  • fixed issue with extracting CD tracks when the output filename pattern is
  • fix AccurateRip report verification errors for hidden audio track one
  • fixed setting to replace skipped spaces when writing cover art and log files
  • fixed setting to remove Unicode characters not respected when writing cover art and log files
  • fixed tag editor fields for media type, catalog number and barcode are limited to 12 characters
  • fixed crash when decoding some WMA files on Windows
  • fixed drag and drop not working after online update on Windows

New and updated codecs

  • added native Apple Lossless decoder
  • updated FFmpeg to version 5.0
  • updated Monkey’s Audio to version 7.23
  • updated mpg123 to version 1.29.3
  • updated libsamplerate to version 0.2.2

New translations

  • added Swedish and Portuguese (Brazilian) manuals

To download: fre:ac (formerly BonkEnc) 1.1.6 | Portable ~20.0 MB (Open Source)
To download: fr:ac 32 bit | 32 bit laptop
Connections: eng:ac Home page | Other operating systems

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