How to convert FLAC to MP3

Enjoy your music on more devices: Here's how to convert FLAC to MP3

While nearly all audio devices and multimedia players support MP3 playback, only a handful of them currently support FLAC. Thankfully, there are a myriad of ways you can convert FLAC to MP3, if you favor convenience over audio quality. The resulting file may not sound as nice, but at least you can play it.

Some of the following apps are freeware, which sometimes comes with unwanted add-ons.

We suggest that you select the custom installation option, and follow along closely during the installation process. Keep your eyes open for instructions about installing other apps, changing your homepage, and other actions that may lead to unwanted changes to your machine. Then, choose whether you want to install or forgo these bundled extras.

Step 1: Go to the Online Audio Converter websiteOnline Audio Converter

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 via URL.

Step 3: Pick your format, quality level, and adjust your settings

online audio converter screenshot for step 3

Within the second section of the Online Audio Converter, select your desired format and quality level. The converter automatically defaults to the Standard level (128 kbps) 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

online audio converter screenshot for step 4

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.

Alternative methods

Freemake Free Audio Converter (Windows)

Freemake offers software with multiple options for managing music files and converting them to whatever format you desire. The software is compatible with Windows 10, is highly versatile, and simple to download — the “free download” buttons are a great starting point.

Like many converters, Freemake allows you to adjust channels, bitrate, sample rate, and a host of other facets, allowing for greater quality control. You can also upload music to Google Drive or Dropbox, merge songs, and carry out a slew of other basic actions.

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 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, transfer tags from the source file, and adjust the volume to the maximum level.

To convert a FLAC file to MP3 using To MP3 Converter Free, just select your destination folder and drag the files over. If you need to batch convert folders or files, then you can purchase an annual subscription ($7) that also allows you to load tags and artwork from a network source, add fade in and fade out, and trim silence before and after songs.

Cloud Convert (Google Chrome)
CloudConvert

Cloud Convert is technically a web-based converter — albeit, a useful one — but it also lives as a Chrome add-on, which makes this the first stop for Chromebook users. Pick up the add-on, open it, and you’re ready to go.

Cloud Converter isn’t just an audio converter, either. It can convert pretty much everything, including documents, videos, images, ebooks, and a laundry list of other types of content. Luckily, the service can easily handle FLAC and MP3 files. It even works in conjunction with Google Drive, allowing you to pull files from the service and store them online when you’re finished, rendering it another great option for Chromebook users.

However, it’s important to note that Cloud Convert doesn’t house extensive customization options like some of our other picks. You can specify things like bitrate, but more in-depth controls are largely absent. Cloud Convert is, therefore, better when you want to keep things simple.

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