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Free FLAC Converter

This Free FLAC Converter offers an easy way to convert all your FLAC audio files to MP3, and most other audio formats including WAV, WMA, AAC, AIFF, M4A, AAC, etc. What's more, the Flac Converter supports to convert video and audio to Flac format at the same time, such as AVI to Flac, MOV to Flac, MP3 to Flac, WAV to Flac, RAM to Flac, FLV to Flac and more.

The FLAC Converter is completely free of charge. Click the Download button below to try Free FLAC Converter.

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What is FLAC?

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) just like you would an MP3 file.

Lossy VS Lossless

Compressed audio formats can be categorized as either "lossy" or "non-lossy". Examples of lossy formats are MP3, Ogg, AAC. These formats actually sacrifice quality in exchange for incredible compression, making the most of limited disk space. Lossy formats have a bitrate associated with them (or a "quality" setting), which allows you to determine what level of trade-off space vs quality is acceptable to you.

Lossless formats, FLAC for example, do not sacrifice any quality in the transition. They make a perfect digital copy of every bit from the original source. The bitrate is not a measure of quality anymore, it's simply a measure of how much compression the software was able to achieve, without sacrificing any data. These files are generally much larger than lossy formats, and the quality issue is negligible.

What's the difference between MP3 and FLAC?

The MP3 format is a lossy format. That means that an MP3 file does not contain 100% of the original audio information. Instead, MP3 files use perceptual coding. In other words, that means it removes the information that your ear doesn't notice thereby making the file smaller. The reason lossy formats are used over raw is that raw audio files are too large to travel over the internet at any great speed.

Like MP3 before it, FLAC is starting to be embraced by the music industry as a cost-effective way to distribute CD-quality-or-higher music, and it doesn't have the auditory problems of MP3s. FLAC is lossless.

The advantage of FLAC files versus the CD format CDA or WAV is that they use much less space, typically around half. Of course, FLAC still uses up to six times the space of MP3, but the advantage to this is that more information is retained, leading to an audible boost in quality. Furthermore, FLAC is not just restricted to CD quality, and you can buy files up to 24-bit/192kHz for another potential boost in performance.

What is the difference between (native) FLAC and Ogg FLAC?

You can think of an audio codec as having two layers. The inside layer is the raw compressed data, and the outside layer is the "container" or "transport layer" that splits and arranges the compressed data in pieces so it can be seeked through, edited, etc.

"Native" FLAC is the compressed FLAC data stored in a very minimalist container, designed to be very efficient at storing single audio streams.

Ogg FLAC is the compressed FLAC data stored in an Ogg container. Ogg is a much more powerful transport layer that enables mixing several kinds of different streams (audio, data, metadata, etc). The overhead is slightly higher than with native FLAC.

How To

1. How to convert Flac to MP3?

Click Convert tab in the main window to open the "Audio Conversion" window.

1. Add Files. Click Add Files button button to add *.flac file(s).

2. Set Output Format. Click Choose Output Format and choose MP3 Audio(*.mp3) from drop-down list according to your device.

Convert Flac to MP3

3. Choose Destination. Click Choose Output Format and select a folder for saving the output files in the dialog that opens.

4. Start Converting. Check files you would like to convert and click Convert All button to start converting all checked files. Or simply click Convert One Button button if you just would like to convert one file.

5. Find Output File. Click Open Folder button and find the output audio file.

 

2. How to convert music to Flac format?

Click Convert tab in the main window to open the "Audio Conversion" window.

1. Add Files. Click Add Files button button to add audio file(s).

2. Set Output Format. Click Choose Output Format and choose Free Lossless Audio Codec(.flac) from drop-down list.

Convert Music to Flac

3. Choose Destination. Click Choose Output Format and select a folder for saving the output files in the dialog that opens.

4. Start Converting. Check files you would like to convert and click Convert All button to start converting all checked files. Or simply click Convert One Button button if you just would like to convert one file.

5. Find Output File. Click Open Folder button and find the output audio file.

 

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Top 5 sites for buying FLAC music

If you would like to listen to better-quality music, then FLAC format is great choice. Here are the best five stores that sell the FLAC format.

HDtracks

Artists: Rolling Stones, Beach House, R.E.M.
Average price $11.99-$16.99
HD: Yes

Bandcamp

Artists: Sufjan Stevens, Sebadoh, Fun
Average price: $8.99
HD: Limited

Merge Records

Artists: Arcade Fire, M. Ward, Spoon
Average price: $11.49
HD: No

Beggars Group

Artists: Pixies, Belle and Sebastian, The National
Average price: $10
HD: No

Linn Records

Artists: Mark Knopfler, Meshell Ndegeocello
Average price: $13-$24
HD: Yes

 

References

Input File Formats Supported by free FLAC Converter:

Video

Windows Media (AVI, WMV, ASF, DVR-MS, MS-DVR)
MOV/MP4 File (MOV, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, QT, 3GP2, 3GPP, MPEG4)
Real Media (RM, RMVB, RV)
Rash Video (FLV, F4V)
Matroska Video (MKV, WEBM)
AviSynth Scripts (AVS)
High Definitiion Video (M2TS, MTS, TOD)
MPEG-1 Video (M1V, MPE, MPG, MPV, DAT, MPEG, MPEG1)
MPEG-2 Video (M2V, MPE, MPG, MPV, VOB, MPEG, MPEG2, M2P, MOD)
MPEG Transport Stream Video (TS, TP, M2T, TRP)
Divx Video (DIVX)
OGG Media (OGM, OGV, OGG)
DVD-VR Video (VRO)
Nullsoft Stream Video (NSV)
IOS Image (ISO)
Other Video Formats: DV, AMS

Audio

MP3 (MP3), WAV (WAV), WMA (WMA), Flac (FLAC), AC3 (AC3), AAC (AAC), M4A (M4A, M4R), OGG (OGG), AMR (AMR)
Other Audio Formats: AU, AIF, AIFF, AIFC, ADTS, ALAW, AMR, APC, APE, CAF, DTS, GSD, GSM, MKA, MLP, MMF, MP1, MP2, MPEG3, MPC, MP+, M2A, NUT, OMA, QCP, RA, RR and more.

 

Output Audio Formats Supported by free FLAC Converter:

Apple Products

MP3 Audio (*.mp3), AIFF Audio (*.aiff), APPLE Loseless Audio (*.m4a), MPEG-4 Audio (*.m4a)

Sony Products

MP3 Audio (*.mp3), MPEG-4 Audio (*.m4a), WMA Audio (*.wma)

Microsoft Products

MP3 Audio (*.mp3), MPEG-4 Audio (*.m4a), WAVE Audio (*.wav), WMA Audio (*.wma)

Mobile Phone

MP3 Audio(*.mp3), WMA Audio(*.wma)

Lossless Formats

Monkey's Audio(*.ape), Free Lossless Audio(*.flac), WAVE Audio(*.wav)

Common Formats

MP2 Audio (*.mp2), MP3 Audio (*.mp3), OGG Vorbis Audio (*.ogg), AAC Audio (*.aac), AC3 Audio (*.ac3), AIFF Audio (*.aiff), Apple Losseless Audio (*m4a), Monkey's Audio (*ape), SUN AU Audio (*au), Digital Surround Audio (*dts), Free Lossless Audio (*flac), MPEG-4 Audio (*m4a), WAVE Audio (*wav)

 

System Requirements:

OS

Microsoft® Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Win 8

Processor

1GHz Intel/AMD processor or above

RAM

256MB RAM (512MB or above recommended)

Free Hard Disk

100MB space for installation

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