26 January 2017
Chrome 56 is currently in Beta and its new capabilities and features have become a talk these days. We recently got to know that Chrome 56 Beta is marking the HTTP sites as not secure. We also got to know that the Chrome Beta 56 will bring the Web Bluetooth, WebVR, APIs, and more.
Now, a new capability of the same is coming out that says when released in stable, the Chrome 56 will bring the support for the FLAC audio codec directly in the browser. This means it will provide a quick way to play those files.
This will benefit the Mac most as the biggest platform doesn’t have any native support yet. FLAC that stands or Free Lossless Audio Codec, is a super-high quality audio encoding method that allows compatible equipment and programs to play audio recordings at the exact quality in which they were recorded, with no compression and noise.
Apple on iOS and MacOS haven’t been able to provide this capability. There are third party apps like VLC that support playback, but to play in iTunes, file conversions are needed.
A quick look at the feature requests and bug tracking of Chromium, the open-source project that Chrome is based on, will show how popular the demand of FLAC playback has been.