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    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an open source audio file format that is royalty free and supported by a number of multi-media playback programs. The FLAC format; however, is not widely usable in popular MP3 players and gaming consoles that support music playback. As a result, a common task that arises for end-users is to convert FLAC to MP3 in order to use the music on the iPhone, Zune player, iPad, and iPod devices.

    Steps to Convert FLAC to MP3 Using Bigasoft

    One of the popular third party applications that support both the Windows and Mac Operating System (OS) is the Bigasoft FLAC Converter. The application is free to download and supports both single file and batch file conversions.

    Step 1 – Download and install the Bigasoft FLAC Converter application.

    Step 2 – Launch the Bigasoft program after download. Then, select the “Add File” menu button to import FLAC files after program launch. Alternatively, drag FLAC files onto the application interface to load them into the player.
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    Step 3 – Select the “Profile” menu button and click the “MP3” output option. Then, click the “Browse” menu button to select the destination folder to save converted files.

    Step 4 – Choose the “Start” menu button to initiate the FLAC to MP3 file conversion.

    Step 5 – Click the “Open Folder” menu button to open the folder that the new MP3 file(s) are saved when the FLAC to MP3 conversion is complete.

    Steps to Convert FLAC to MP3 with WinAmp

    The WinAMP application is another popular tool to use for converting FLAC files to MP3. The program and FLAC library support plug-in are available to download and use for free.

    Step 1 – Download and install the WinAMP application and FLAC library support plug-in on your computer.

    Step 2– Launch WinAMP and select the “Plug-ins” menu option. Choose the “Output” menu selection.
    Step 3 – Choose the “Null Soft Disk Writer” and then click the “Confirm” menu button.

    Step 4 – Choose a folder to save the new MP3 files and move the FLAC files to this folder.

    Step 5 – Select all files in the folder and then right click the group. Select the “Play With” menu option and choose the WinAMP program.

    Step 6 – Select the “Play” menu button and WinAMP will then convert the files to .WAV format.

    Step 7 – Launch the iTunes media player on your computer.

    Step 8 – Select the “File” and “Import Folder” menu options and choose the folder created earlier that now has the .WAV files saved.

    Step 9 – iTunes will now automatically convert the .WAV files to .MP3 format and will indicate status of file conversion in the iTunes status menu on the left-hand side of the iTunes media player.

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    10 comments
    1. jamesbufe

      20 February, 2017 at 11:04 am

      You can convert APE to Apple Lossless with Avdshare Audio Converter.

      Reply
    2. rachelgreenhappy

      21 July, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I know a professional FLAC Converter called
      iDealshare VideoGo which can convert FLAC to MP3, Apple Lossless ALAC M4A format,
      AIFF, WAV, AAC and etc

      Just google search How to Use iDealshare VideoGo to Convert
      FLAC to iTunes, you will find a detailed guide.

      Reply
    3. Rfiacrk

      22 May, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      I would like to choose Faasoft Audio Converter which is more cheaper and easier to use.

      Reply
    4. gerardglove

      17 September, 2013 at 3:02 am

      Another way is to convert FLAC to iPhone supported format. Bigasoft Audio Converter is just the professional FLAC to iPhone Converter which can fast
      and batch convert FLAC files to iPhone supported format. It can either
      convert FLAC to iPhone supported lossless audio format like Apple
      Lossless ALAC M4A, AIFF, WAV; or convert FLAC to iPhone supported lossy
      audio format like AAC or MP3.

      Reply
    5. edward

      13 September, 2013 at 8:00 am

      iDealshare
      VideoGo is just the professional FLAC Converter which can fast
      and batch convert FLAC files to lossless audio format like Apple
      Lossless ALAC M4A, AIFF, WAV, AU, APE, or convert FLAC to lossy
      audio format like AAC, WMA, AIFF, OGG, MP3 and etc

      Reply
    6. david

      3 March, 2012 at 6:38 am

      the Bigasoft converter is free to download but only allows you to convert less than 2 minutes of one song before stopping and asking you to buy the full version. don’t bother with the “free” download. either buy the full version or look for some other program.

      Reply
    7. Joe

      16 February, 2011 at 10:47 am

      You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. You say “Because FLAC is a loss-free format it offers only a decent level of sound quality”
      ONLY a decent level?! As compared to what? Lossless means exactly that, no loss to quality. FLAC offers the best (same) level as the original content. I wouldn’t trust to you to change my screensaver settings.

      Reply
      • Rick

        26 February, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        Only a decent level because it loses nothing, including interference from background noise like screaming fans, wind, and rough handling of the recording device.

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      • memenode

        28 February, 2011 at 9:56 am

        While Rick makes a good point in so far as better sound quality means you hear more, including various undesirable artefacts, I edited that paragraph to make more sense. Loss free formats do obviously offer best possible sound quality.

        Thanks for pointing this out.

        Reply
        • sujinyan

          31 March, 2011 at 12:59 pm

          FLAC is compressed:
          FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file.

          http://flac.sourceforge.net/

          Reply
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