What is the difference between file formats MP3 128, MP3 256, and FLAC?
MP3 (Audio Format):
The standard MP3 files, encoded at 128 kbps (near-CD quality) are easy to download, easy to burn to CD, easy to transfer to portable players. MP3 files are versatile enough to use on your computer, portable digital music players (including iPod®), and many home stereo systems. MP3 files encoded at 256 kbps are higher quality than MP3 128.
FLAC (Audio Format For Advanced Users Only):
FLAC is a "lossless" compression, which means that the source audio file is compressed, but without sacrificing any of the audio information contained in the master recording. An extracted FLAC file sounds identical to the original source (44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo). The high fidelity FLAC files are much larger files than MP3, will take longer to download, and require more disc space to store. Please be sure to check compatibility with your portable player, audio applications and CD burning software.
Please note that although the FLAC file format offers a higher audio quality, it is not supported by some audio players, including iTunes and Windows Media Player. The files must be first converted to .WAV files. If you are unsure how to convert the file, you may want to consider downloading the MP3 version of the product instead of the FLAC version. For more information regarding FLAC files, you may visit http://flac.sourceforge.net