Converting .flac to .mp3?

LilJimmyRbinson

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I like downloading concerts off fan sites. The problem is most of them come in "lossless" formats which are .flac or .shn files and are usually 30-40mb each song. Needless to say these are of no use to me and my ipod. I find these programs online that will convert from .flac to .mp3 but all of them are 30 day trials before having to pay to keep using it. Are there any programs out there that are totally free and unrestricted?

Now maybe I'm just low maintenance or have cheap speakers, but I don't see how .flac can sound so much better then .mp3 does. I convert them to 192 bitrate and they sound as good or better then cd quality on my computer speakers.

I used dnpconverter, but as I said, I don't want to pay for it. I shouldn't have to pay to convert files I own on my own computer to use on my own ipod.
 

EvilMonkey71

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Google "flac frontend" for a free converting software. I use it to convert flac > wav files but there might be mp3 options also in the newer version. I haven't looked for it because I just drop them on to my Zen Vision as wav files.

Now maybe I'm just low maintenance or have cheap speakers, but I don't see how .flac can sound so much better then .mp3 does. I convert them to 192 bitrate and they sound as good or better then cd quality on my computer speakers.
I believe the point of flac is that you have a lossless file to convert from for your use. Every time they are converted to a smaller file type, they lose a little bit of sound quality. I would think you'd have to compress them a shitload of times to lose quality but I'm sure there are plenty of audiophile types out there that would say they can hear the difference.

Having said that, I agree with you that they sound fine at 192 also.
 

LilJimmyRbinson

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total recorder pro lets you do it

When I see the word Pro in the program name I can only assume it costs money. As I said, I don't want to pay to convert files I own so I can play them on another item I own.
 

Weldhelmet

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As EvilMonkey suggested, the .flac frontend is the way to go.

You can convert the .flac files to .wav, load the .wav files into iTunes and when you sync-up iTunes will convert the .wavs to an iPod useable format.

No need to search for the front-end though, it now comes as part of the .flac download.

Get it here.

http://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html
 

Your_Moms_Box

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lol, i just download a full version of the converter from oink...

same place i download my flac audio