The True Audio codec is a lossless compressor for 8, 16, and 24-bit multichannel audio data. The True Audio compression rate can range from 30 to 60%. It is inferior to FLAC in compression speed, but far ahead of APE in second place. Decoding plugins are available for most players in both Windows and Linux. An interesting feature is support by hardware players from Cowon and Iconbit.
These were all advantages, but now let's talk about the negatives. The development of TTA was discontinued several years ago, which reduced its popularity to a minimum. The open architecture did not help at all, as the community focused on FLAC format. This means that TTA will soon to the dustbin of history, joining the ranks of codecs like Shorten and LA. We can forget about software and hardware support in the future. The good news is that lossless compression allows you to switch to FLAC format without much trouble.
Not all converters support both formats simultaneously, so you have to use an intermediate format and convert in two steps. Audio Converter Plus can help you convert TTA to FLAC with high speed and excellent sound quality. Here is a guide on how to convert TTA to FLAC. First of all, download and install this program on your computer.
1 Start the program and add the TTA audio file
Double-click the program and you will see the interface. Click the "Add File" button to select the TTA audio files you want to convert or drag and drop the TTA files from Windows Explorer. Want to import more than one audio file at a time? Select "Add folder" on the toolbar, to add folders with the files into the program.
2 Define the output parameters
Select "FLAC" from the drop-down list of formats. Then click on "Encoder Options" and adjust the encoder. To avoid resampling and dithering select the "Same as original" options. We want an exact copy, right? You can choose any level of compression, the difference in speed and file size is insignificant.
3 Configure additional settings
The most important thing is to open the program settings and enable the Audio Tag Copy function. Since TTA supports ID3v1, ID3v2 and APE tags, which are not officially compatible with FLAC, ID3v2 will be given priority as the most up-to-date one. It's not a bad idea to activate the save the original creation date of the file, so you can use sorting.
4 Start converting TTA into FLAC
Click the "Convert" button to start converting TTA to FLAC. Audio Converter Plus is so powerful that the conversion will be completed within a few seconds.
5 Bottom line
So, your audio collection is now in the most convenient format available. There is a huge community working on the development of FLAC, and its future looks cloudless. In case a better codec appears, you can easily migrate it again thanks to lossless compression.