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Broken FLAC support is a new known issue in the update for Windows October 10, 2018



Windows 10 users should be aware that updating to the update for Windows October 10, 2018 may affect their ability to listen to uncompressed music.

Since its release in 2015, Windows 1

0 has originally announced support for FLAC encoding, offering full-quality compressed music. However, the support has never been as full as for MP3, and in October 2018 the update appears quite corrupt.

With the update from April 2018, users could not rate music or edit metadata and in the update from October 2018 Microsoft introduced a new error resulting in existing metadata being truncated, with long track names and other details being cut off as can be seen on screen over. The same track will show the entire track name on an April 2018 PC.

Worse than, when arranged in a playlist, both Groove and Windows Media Player will skip the first minute of a track, and shorter tracks will not

Microsoft seems to be aware of the problem, with Microsoft noted in a 19H1 construction:

We solved a problem that resulted in FLAC metadata being cut short in File Explorer and elsewhere.

However, it is not listed as a known issue for Windows October 10, 2018 update, and Microsoft has apparently not reset the repair to existing installations.

There is an ongoing thread on Microsoft Answers here where users apologize for the problem.

Of course, FLAC is not the most popular format in the world, especially these days with streaming, but as usual, introducing errors to what is to be a basic and stable function, raises questions about quality. Hopefully, Microsoft will do the right thing and bring the repair to existing October 2018 Update users, especially if they plan to start pushing out the update to regular Windows 10 users soon.

MS [19659012] for the tip.


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