Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) is an audio codec that allows digital audio is compressed lossless so that the audio file size is reduced without any loss of information. Compressed digital audio FLAC algorithm typically can be reduced 50 to 60% of its original size, and decompressed in an identical copy of the original audio data. The downside is that the file takes up much more space than would be obtained by applying a lossy compression algorithm. FLAC is an open format with royalty-free license and a reference implementation which is free software. FLAC has support for tagging metadata, including album art, and quick search.
Windows Media Audio (WMA) is an audio data compression technology developed by Microsoft. The name can be used to refer to its audio file format is audio codecs. It is a proprietary technology that forms part of the Windows Media framework. WMA consists of four distinct codecs. The original WMA codec, known simply as WMA, was conceived as a competitor to the popular MP3 and RealAudio codecs. WMA Pro, a newer and more advanced codec, supports multichannel and high resolution audio. A lossless codec, WMA Lossless, compressed audio data without loss of audio fidelity (the regular WMA format is lossy). WMA Voice, targeted at voice content, applies compression using a range of low bit rates.