Windows 10 Drops FLAC Support in Media Player: Impact on Music Lovers and Solutions

Windows 10’s latest update removes FLAC format support from native media player, leaving music enthusiasts concerned. According to Statista, FLAC is the second-most popular lossless audio format for audiophiles worldwide. Microsoft cited resource allocation as the reason but experts suspect licensing issues.

Impact: The removal affects users who prefer lossless FLAC format for high-quality audio playback. Alternatives like VLC media player, Foobar2000, and Winamp support FLAC.


Microsoft prioritizes improving other media features, but some believe it’s due to licensing issues with FLAC codecs.

Solutions: Users can switch to alternative media players like VLC or use third-party tools that support FLAC format such as Foobar2000 and Winamp.

Future Implications: The removal raises questions about the future of other multimedia features in Windows Media Player, potentially impacting businesses and institutions reliant on this software for media playback.

In conclusion, Microsoft’s decision to remove FLAC support from Windows Media Player affects music enthusiasts but alternatives exist. We can only hope for a reconsideration of the decision as technology evolves.


1. What is FLAC format? FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a popular lossless audio format used for high-quality audio playback by music enthusiasts.
2. Why was FLAC support dropped in Windows Media Player? Microsoft stated it was due to resource allocation, but experts suspect licensing issues.
3. What are alternatives for playing FLAC files? VLC media player, Foobar2000, and Winamp all support FLAC format.