FLAC to Mp3 Conversion
Getting music files in the “FLAC” format, short for “free lossless audio codec,” is great for getting an identical copy of high-dynamic range audio in a size that’s only about half of the original file. Plus, many music artists sell FLAC audio files that are cheaper than buying their original CD — with the same great audio quality. However, iTunes doesn’t accept FLAC files and neither do many other popular music players. That’s why in order to listen to your music anywhere, it’s best to convert FLAC to MP3, which can also reduce your audio file size down to about one-third of its size as a FLAC file.
Here’s how to convert from FLAC to MP3:
Follow these steps for Windows, Macintosh and Android systems that run version 2.3.3 or higher:
The program Switch by NCH Software is a preferred option due to its ease of use and reliability. It has a “batch audio converter” option that lets you convert many files simultaneously as well. It’s free for a trial period, and after that, you’ll need to pay for a license for long-term use.
- After launching Switch, click on the neon-green plus symbol in the top-left corner of the screen that says “add files.”
- Check the output format box in the bottom-left corner of the screen to make sure that it says “.mp3” before you continue.
- Just above the “Output Format” box in the bottom-left corner, you’ll find a “Save To” option asking you where you want the newly converted file to go. By clicking on the “Browse…” button next to this option, you can select any file destination on your computer, such as your desktop. You can also select “Output to same folder as source file” if you want to save the new MP3 in the same location as your original FLAC file.
- Hit the “Convert” button with a lightning bolt on it in the bottom-right hand corner of the screen to convert the file. Often, your new MP3 file can become only about one-fifth of its original size as a FLAC file.
For those using “UNIX,” a family of operating systems originally developed by AT&T at Bell Labs, or its clones like “Linux,” you can convert FLAC files with Clementine music player, which is currently free software. Some versions of Clementine are also available for Macintosh and Windows systems too.
Here’s how to convert FLAC to MP3 with Clementine:
- From Clementine’s main menu, select “tools” and then “transcode music” from the following option list.
- Next, you’ll see a new transcoding window. Click on the “add” button to import your FLAC music files by then selecting the folder where you saved them on your computer.
- At the bottom of this “Add files to transcode” window, you’ll see an option to change the “Files of type.” Select the “All Files (*)” option so that you can select as many FLAC files as you want all together while importing.
- Now you’re ready to select as many files as you’d like to convert and then click the “Open” button at the bottom-right corner of the window.
- Now all of your music files appear in Clementine as ready for transcoding. Select “Options,” which is next to the “Audio Format” drop-down menu.
- From the “Encoding engine quality” drop-down menu, select “.MP3” and click on “OK” in the bottom-right corner. When the conversion is complete, you’ll find your newly converted MP3 files saved in the same place where you saved the original FLAC files on your computer.