Lossless Audio Splitter and Converter for Ubuntu – Flacon

Multimedia conversion can be divided into two main categories, ‘Lossy’ and ‘Lossless’. Although Lossy is the widely used format as it compresses data better and reduces the output file size when comparing with the Lossless format.

But Lossy has its own big drawback too because you cannot regain the lost data after the conversion is done. For instance, let’s say that you ripped a DVD movie (about 4GB) into a smaller AVI file. Then afterward you can’t use that AVI file to re-create a DVD with the same quality as the original DVD movie.

But with Lossless compression no data is lost when the encoding is done so you can always re-create the source file without any issues. Lossless on the other hand cannot reduce the file sizes that much when compared to Lossy and that is its main drawback.


Anyway, sorry to drag you long this far but I just thought a bit of an introduction to lossy & lossless might do some good since not everyone is a tech geek ;-)… So let me come back to the topic.

As an Ubuntu user if you’re looking for a utility that splits and converts audio files into both Lossy and Lossless formats then try ‘Flacon’.

Main features…

*. Simple and easy to use UI.

*. Supports both splitting and converting lossless to lossy & lossless formats.

*. Lossless input formats supported: WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, True Audio (TTA).


*. Output formats supported: FLAC, WAV, WavPack, AAC, OGG or MP3.

*. Change output audio quality (bitrate).

*. Audio gain support.

*. Edit audio meta-data (album, year, track number, artist etc).

*. Multi-threaded conversion.


*. Convert audio CDs into single or multiple files.

*. Automatic audio data fetching from CDDB (online database).


You can install Flacon in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by simply typing the below commands in your Terminal window (other GNU/Linux users, please get the source code from this Flacon home page).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:flacon/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install flacon

Well, that should do it.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

8 thoughts on “Lossless Audio Splitter and Converter for Ubuntu – Flacon”

    • Hi,

      Nope, ‘FLAC’ is a ‘lossless’ audio format, meaning that it compresses audio data, without losing the quality. So the compression level, only affects the encoding times and the output file’s size, not the quality.

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