Convert FLAC to MP3

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Convert FLAC to MP3
Convert FLAC to MP3

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a compression algorithm to compress music without any loss of quality. The downside is that the format takes up a lot of space on your hard drive. FLAC files usually cannot be played on MP3 players. Converting FLAC files to MP3 saves space and allows you to play the music in more places. There are many programs that can convert FLAC to MP3, so it can be difficult to make a choice. In this article, we describe a program available for Windows and Mac OS X, and another program available for GNOME Linux. There is also a website that allows you to convert FLAC, right in your browser.


Method 1 of 3: Convert FLAC to MP3 in Windows and Mac OS X

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Step 1. Download the Audio Converter program from MediaHuman

Go to their website. Download the installation file for your computer.

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Step 2. Install the Audio Converter program

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Step 3. Open Audio Converter

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Step 4. Select and drag one or more FLAC files into the Audio Converter window

You can also add files by clicking the + button. This will open a window where you can choose files.

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Step 5. Click the "Format" drop-down menu and click MP3

It is the only drop-down menu in the program's menu bar.

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Step 6. Choose the format settings for the final MP3 files in the MP3 dialog box

  • You can choose whether you want to convert to mono or stereo. You will probably lose some audio data if you choose mono.
  • You can choose which 'sample rate' (the number of samples per second) you want to use. 44.1 kHz (or 44100 Hz) is the frequency used in audio CDs. If you set a lower frequency, there will be a loss of quality.
  • You can choose which 'bit rate' (resolution) you want to use. 128kbps is widely used with MP3s on the Internet.
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Step 7. Convert the audio

Click the "Convert" button to start converting the FLAC files.

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Step 8. Search for the converted files

Click the "Locate" button next to the converted files to open the folder containing the converted MP3s.

  • The "Locate" button looks like a magnifying glass.
  • Audio Converter can also convert to WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, OFF, AIFF and "Apple Lossless" audio formats.

Method 2 of 3: Convert for GNOME in Linux

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Step 1. Download and install SoundConverter

You can find it here:

SoundConverter is free software with a GPL license

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Step 2. Open SoundConverter

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Step 3. Click on Preferences to open the preferences window

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Step 4. In the "Preferences" window, click Choose, then you can choose a location where you want the converted MP3 files to go

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Step 5. Under "Type of result", click the "Format" drop-down menu, and then click MP3 (mp3)

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Step 6. Choose the desired audio quality of the MP3

Click the "Quality" drop-down menu and choose the desired audio quality.

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Step 7. Load FLAC files into the program

In the main window, click Add File to add a file or Add Folder to add an entire folder of FLAC files. These files will be added to SoundConverter's list.

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Step 8. Click Convert

Now SoundConverter will start converting the FLAC files to MP3 in the destination folder of your choice.

SoundConverter can convert audio files to a variety of formats

Method 3 of 3: Convert with FLAC to MP3

Step 1. Go to FLAC to MP3

Step 2. Upload files to FLAC to MP3

Click UPLOAD FILES or select and drag files into the browser window.

You can upload up to 20 FLAC files at once. Depending on your upload speed, this may take a while

Step 3. Download the converted files

When the conversion is complete, click DOWNLOAD ZIP. The converted MP3s will now be downloaded in a single ZIP file.

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