FLAC music support
FLAC is the predominant lossless open source format. Windows Phone is unique among all the mobile OS to not have support
This needs to happen.
All my library ripped to computer is coded in FLAC, so I don't want to transcript it to other format just to listen on a smartphone (...smartphone that can't play a type of codec... its not smart...) ~ When it came I'll buy a Windows Phone
I love it
Shamrock Soft developed and published first free Windows Phone player which plays exclusively flac files. Now Flac player is able to download files from Sky Drive Microsoft cloud and playback them offline. If application became popular we will extend functionality with ability to download files from internet using URL. Shamrock Soft are also planing to develop separate version for Windows Phone 8 with ability to playback flac files from SD card.
Erik Vermeulen commented
MS you really need to build flac support in your next update. If you want to compete with Android you have no choice but to support this format.
I have ripped over 1000 of my CDs in FLAC format so far, I only buy music downloads in FLAC format, and my portable music players and my hi-fi use FLAC. I see no need in my life for lossy audio compression formats any more. Lossless isn't the future, it's the present.
Now I'm looking for a smartphone and I see that Android does FLAC out of the box but Windows Phone doesn't. Transcoding over 10,000 audio files into MP3 or AAC copies just as a workaround for a new device with half-baked audio support is not a sensible option for anyone and there's no way I'm going to do it. When will Windows Phone get proper FLAC support? It's needed now.
I have ripped almost 30 years of CD purchases to flac files. So far, my entire music collection is inaccessible from my Windows phone.
For me, music playback on the device is crippled until flac support is implemented. JUST DO IT!
Come on MFST you could do it ! It's on Android already !
Nicos Georgiou commented
if microsoft and nokia wont support flac on their windows based phones i will probably shift to another brand. enough with their monopolistic tactics
FLAC is the standard format for lossless audio. Many hardware and software mfgs support the format. No one supports WMA lossless. There is ZERO support for WMA Lossless in anything other than Windows itself. Granted the Audiophile/Enthusiasts segment is small but it is significant and adding support for this standard format would encourage adoption of Windows mobile by demonstrating an openness for standard file formats that only Google's Android can currently claim. I'm sticking with Android until there is a way to sync and play my FLAC audio with Windows Phone. I'm done with the hassle of file conversion to mp3 for my mobile devices. Android supports FLAC natively. Windows Phone development/marketing would be wise to do the same.