App to convert FLAC to mp3

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  1. iRock1 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I need a simple app to convert audio files from FLAC to mp3 or AAC, painlessly and without too much effort.

    Your best suggestions?
     
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    I use Max. You'll need to go to Preferences/Formats to choose your output format and can then use File/Convert Files to choose your FLACs.

    It's perhaps a little more complex than it needs to be, but it works!
     
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    XLD (X Lossless Decoder) will also do this. The interface is a tad unusual, but it works very well.

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    Have been using XLD for a couple years now. Works great.
     
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    You asked for a simple app. MediaHuman is simpler than XLD.

    http://www.mediahuman.com/audio-converter/
     
  10. DrBubba macrumors newbie

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    I use Smart Converter Pro found in the app store. There's also a "Lite" version that's free. I've just converted about 100 FLAC files and the only thing I needed to do was set the output destination, drag & drop the files, and bingo, bango, bongo - done! Couldn't have been easier.
     
  11. Andy2k macrumors member

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    freac, a little learning curve but simple and feature rich. Hard to beat.
     
  12. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, this is what I ended up using.

    By the way, I used MediaHuman to convert from FLAC to ALAC but it looks like the results aren't identical, though I might be wrong and under some form of placebo effect. Is this conversion supposed to produce identical results as the original?

    On a different note, now I need to convert some .shn files and MediaHuman doesn't seem to be able to hand that. Ideas?
     
  13. steve23094, Apr 30, 2017
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    Unless there is a bug in the encoder FLAC to ALAC should be identical. It's not impossible because they had a bug a couple of years ago but they released an update pretty fast. There hasn't been an update in a while which suggests everything is kosher. I would say it's probably placebo, but if you have a doubt then drop their support a line to see what they say.

    EDIT: See the comments section here http://www.mediahuman.com/howto/convert-flac-to-alac.html and double check you're setting the correct bit rate.
     
  14. mic j macrumors 68030

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    Just took a look at this and downloaded it. It looks like a pretty good tool. Will be trying it out. They have other interesting tools as well. Thanks for the lead!!
     
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    IIRC XLD can do those as well.
     
  17. s15119 macrumors 65816

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    At the risk of hijacking this thread; it's 2017 why in the name of all that is holy can't iTunes play a Flac file without all this nonsense?
     
  18. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. Also it would be great if Apple sold music in FLAC, ALAC and even uncompressed. Would be so great to have the option.
     
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    I agree! But at least they play AIFF an ALAC files.....
     
  20. NordmoleX macrumors member

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    all2mp3 seems a adware infested software, considering all that junk it tries to install as well.
     
  21. Mr. 123 macrumors regular

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    +1 for XLD. It's really fast and very easy to use.
     
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    Is there a particular reason you want .mp3 and not like .aac? mp3 is one of the worst audio compressions you can use in terms of maintaining high audio quality.
     
  23. iRock1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No particular reason. Actually I use .aac very often too on my library.

    To be honest though, a well-encoded mp3 at 320 kbps has nothing to envy.
     

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