A major perk that draws people to the FLAC file format is that it can shrink down large audio files. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of devices that still support the FLAC format, which means you might need to convert your files to the MP3 format.
Anytime you convert a file, you risk losing data in the process. However, we’ve got the science down, and we can walk you through the steps.
Step 1: Go to the Online Audio Converter website
Online Audio Converter is the quickest, simplest way to convert your FLAC files to MP3. It’s a free, web-based converter, and so you don’t need to purchase a subscription or download and install anything. Everything you need to convert your FLAC files is right on the main page of this website.
The only issue is that batch conversions take a little more time with Online Audio Converter than they do with some of our other choices. The site was clearly designed with smaller conversions in mind.
Step 2: Select the files you want to convert
Select the large, blue Open Files button — if you want to select your files from local storage — or just click one of these three uploading options to select your files: Google Drive, Dropbox, or URL.
Step 3: Pick your format, quality level, and adjust your settings
Within the second section of the Online Audio Converter, select your desired format and quality level. The converter automatically defaults to the Standard level (128kbps) when converting files to MP3. If you tap the Advanced Settings button, you can adjust things like bitrate, sample rate, channels, and other features. This section also offers the option to edit your file’s track info with its Edit Track Info button.
Step 4: Convert and save your file
In the last section of the converter, marked with the number 3, select the Convert button to finish converting your file. Once the conversion is complete, Online Audio Converter offers three ways to save your new file: Download (to save your file on your local storage) or Save to Google Drive or Dropbox.
Fre:ac doesn’t have the prettiest interface or even the most user-friendly one. But it is a free audio converter for Windows PCs that can make quick work of converting your FLAC files to MP3s because it’s designed to utilize multi-core CPUs to optimize conversion speeds. Plus, you can easily download it from the Microsoft Store and get right to converting as soon as it’s installed. In addition to an audio converter, Fre:ac also includes features such as an integrated CD ripper, a user interface that can be displayed in 43 languages, and Unicode support for tags and file names, just to name a few.
To MP3 Converter Free (MacOS)
One of the most popular audio converters in the Mac Store is the aptly titled To MP3 Converter Free, an easy-to-use utility for converting from one of over 200 audio and video formats to MP3. The software supports FLAC files and the process for making the conversion couldn’t be simpler. The software also allows you to change the output from a constant bitrate to a variable bitrate and transfer tags from the source file.
An annual subscription for $7 will help you batch convert folders and files. You will also be able to modify sound using fade in and fade out, and cut silence before and after songs.
CloudConvert (Google Chrome extension/online option)
You don’t have to waste precious space on your device to use CloudConvert. It requires a connection to the internet as it’s a web-based program. For those using the Google Chrome browser or a Chromebook, there is also the option to work with CloudConvert as a Chrome add-on. Just download the add-on, open it, and you’re ready to go.
You can convert most files using CloudConvert, whether they are audio or virtually anything else. Its long list of services includes documents, videos, images, and e-books, with more to boot. Additionally, it can handle FLAC and MP3 files seamlessly. It’s ideal for anyone using a Chromebook or Google Drive as files can be easily retrieved and stored online.
Compared to the other options on our list, CloudConvert has fewer advanced features due to it being a web-based service. You can manipulate some basic controls like bitrate, but more in-depth controls are mostly absent. You may welcome the lack of advanced features as a way to simplify the file conversion process.