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.
     
  9. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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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.
     

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