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New convert FLAC to MP3 guide

Written by Dave Horvath @ 05 Aug 2007 22:09 User comments (38)

New convert FLAC to MP3 guide Have you ever spent the time obtaining an album that you sought after, only to find out that the files are all in FLAC format?(click here for instructions on how to play FLAC directly without converting). FLAC is a fine format, until you realize you can't play it in your hungry iPod. This article will allow you to successfully convert FLAC files to a standard, high-quality MP3 files using free software you probably already have.
FLAC to MP3 Guide

If you want information on how to play FLAC files on your computer (Windows, Linux, Mac), then check out the following guide...

How to play FLAC files


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38 user comments

15.8.2007 22:37

Excellent little guide. Well done.

25.8.2007 23:02

Gotta love afterdawn.com

Very useful, Thanks

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35.8.2007 23:44

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45.8.2007 23:54

Thank you very much. Nice guide.
Very useful.

56.8.2007 5:30
vinny13
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Never seen or heard of FLAC before :S

66.8.2007 6:09

flac is a lossless format, it loses no quality from the original cd... you find it on a few d/l sites now... i like it.

76.8.2007 7:44

I've always used dBpowerAMP for converting FLAC to MP3, but I'll keep this way in mind.

86.8.2007 9:23

This is great! I just downloaded a flac version of DJ Danger Mouse's "Grey Album" and wanted to convert it to a mp3. Will keep the flac version of course though :).

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96.8.2007 10:19

There is flac support in winamp if you install this:

http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details/131643

Then you can either play them in winamp or just use the disk writer plugin to stick em back to mp3 :)

As a note on flac if your looking at loss less audio have a look c at monkey audio.

http://www.monkeysaudio.com/

I used to favour it over flac :)

1010.8.2007 3:13

I've been using programs called "Magical Jelly Bean" and "Switch" for all of my audio conversions. "MJB" does SHN and FLAC conversions very efficiently......a quick and easy 4-step process that takes about 5 minutes, if that. I use "Switch" mostly for converting OGG format to MP3, and I believe it also does FLAC but not SHN. Use any search engine to find these freeware programs online. Peace.............

1113.8.2007 13:49

Another great essential guide done by Afterdawn. Great job well done.

1214.8.2007 21:57

Good old AfterDawn. Always there for us.

1313.2.2008 21:36

I've just built a vbscript that is a front end for the command line tools that will allow reflacing your files, decoding FLAC to WAV, Encoding WAV to FLAC, or converting FLAC to MP3. You can also use this to synchronize your FLAC library to MP3.

The script and instructions are available here:

http://code.google.com/p/reflacer/

142.5.2008 23:53

I followed your guide, and it worked without a hitch. I'm just beginning to d/l torrent, and have found many file in FLAC, somewhat disappointed at first since my MP3 player and Itunes didn't know what they were. Now in MP3 format, and all is well in the world. Kept the originals too. Nice lossless backup. Thanks

1515.5.2008 4:36

Here is another nice guide that works.

1615.5.2008 9:45

Nice guide. Well put together. Thanks!

1730.5.2008 20:40

Hey, I followed this tutorial just fine, and found that it did just as it said.

My only problem is now I can't get winamp to play files. I know this seems dumb, but how do i get it to play now instead of just convert? Everytime I press play, it just makes the .wav files.

Any help?

1831.5.2008 23:46

Originally posted by Randizzl:
Hey, I followed this tutorial just fine, and found that it did just as it said.

My only problem is now I can't get winamp to play files. I know this seems dumb, but how do i get it to play now instead of just convert? Everytime I press play, it just makes the .wav files.

Any help?
Well, after enough screwing around I found out that the fix for this is incredibly simple. In the plugins section under output, I had to change it back to "direct sound".

So this tutorial being geared toward totals novices is flawed in that it requires more than one application, and it doesn't instruct on reversing its steps. So good, but not perfect.

It got me going down the right path, and hopefully my noobness and comment helps someone.

196.7.2008 13:35

This guide is useless if you don't have "Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in" on your WinAmp. I made a search for that plugin at WinAmp's website and didn't find anything.. So Please update this guide to include instructions what to do if there's no such plugin. This is so frustrating..
And, I don't want to download any kind of shareware conversion software that can convert one file at at time and can't even save it. I know there's plenty of those...

208.7.2008 10:19

Originally posted by Jollygod:
This guide is useless if you don't have "Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in" on your WinAmp.
Errrm chap its built in since well about the last 6 years.

Basically open winamp

--> Options --> Prefrences --> Output

Select the disk writer, you might want to check the configure options are right for what your outputting to, ie mp3/wav/samplerate etc.

Also once your done remember to select it back to direct sound or you will wonder what happened to all your audio later on ;)

Hope that helps :)

2130.8.2008 12:58

Um...I don't seem to have the disk writer plugin and I just downloaded the free version a moment ago.

all I see is this:



Can someone tell me why it's not there? I know it's supposed to be, but it simply is not.

2231.8.2008 12:37

That's what I was talking about...

2312.9.2008 6:50

Originally posted by Jollygod:
That's what I was talking about...
Ok ive just actually reloaded my main machine, just downloaded winamp from:

http://download.nullsoft.com/winamp/clie...7plus_en-us.exe

and went to:

options --> prefrences --> output

I have disk writer, direct sound and wave out.

I can only assume you downloaded a cut down version and not winamp full

2412.9.2008 15:04

Thanks Plazma,
That did the trick, of course I always gravitate towards whatever option makes life more difficult for me. Does it make any difference that I haven't used Winamp in over 5 years?
No?
I'm still a n00b?
I tried....

Thanks again, props to you bro...

2515.11.2008 17:29

Hello,

Brand spanking newb here. I tried the new Convert FLAC to mp3 guide and encountered the following problem: the LAME.exe file does not appear to be in the LAME folder, even though a bazillion other files appear to be there in unzipped format. Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Walter

2615.11.2008 20:36

I found the solution to my problem. I downloaded the most recent version of LAME (3.98) when the instructions were written using an older version of LAME (3.97). Version 3.97 is still available online and the instructions work when I use that one. Thanks anyway!

Walter

2713.12.2008 0:03

Hey AtaAlla, why waste 15 bucks when winamp and lame are Free ?

2813.12.2008 7:04

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2913.12.2008 11:59

Yeah but why even bother when winamp and lame are free and you need to do is to click download.

3013.1.2009 20:43

I know this is an old thread. But the BEST way to convert FLAC files directly to mp3 format without first decoding to wav files is to use Multi Frontend.

http://members.home.nl/w.speek/multi.htm

It's freeware. Just grab it and unpack it. Go to RareWares to download your free codecs. Then have fun. :-D

3114.1.2009 2:41

How is that any different in winamp, you can write the file directly into ANY supported audio format, maybe you just miss understood wave out as wave file this is not the case, possibly its because you read the title and not any of the other posts.

In wimamp, select convert to format under the disk writer plug in and pick the format of your choice, in this case MP3.

I would still recommend people stick with WINAMP as its tried and tested, you dont have to pay, its not beta software and its not got a two page long guide to do whats a simple operation, no need to install visual basic runtim or have to download a copy of mscomctl.ocx to make it work, its just all packed into one easy to install package which is free from spyware and naught horses.

Plus with winamp you could say manipluate the gain, boost levels using the EQ whilst you converting all from the comfort of you friendly desktop mp3 player.

WINAMP's the way forward.

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3226.1.2009 3:39

I just read the Flac to Mp3 Guide and tried it out and it works great, BUT the flac file I have contains all the files in one big flac format. I can convert that to mp3 thanks to the guide but how do I separate them? Looking around I've come across a few places that say to put the "cue sheet" into foobar or something along those lines.

When I do that it lists all the individual songs and there play lengths and what not but if i try to play them or convert them I get an error message for every song.

Unable to open item for playback (Object not found):
"D:\Programs\M U S I C\Artillery - Fear Of Tomorrow FLAC (1985)\Artillery - Fear of Tomorrow.cue" / index: 1

Is an example of the error I get. Can anyone help me with this?

3326.1.2009 3:42

Try it with winamp instead, last time i used it and put in the CUE sheet it worked fine :)

3426.1.2009 4:06

you mean load the cue sheet into winamp? cause that doesn't seem to work.

3526.1.2009 6:20

Might need the cue player plugin : http://www.mediafire.com/?bds9g1z8110 or http://katadrew.com/2008/cue-player-for-winamp-55/

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364.5.2009 18:15

useful guide for flac conversion. eufony

3728.4.2010 9:18

@ Johnny, ONE GOOD REASON it doesnt DOC FLAC which correct me if im wrong is what the now 3 year post you just resurrected to give more traffic to your formatoz site.

And i still stand by my first statement 3 years ago, WINAMP is also free and would do the audio conversion just as well.

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