How to Convert .Flac to MP3

By Brad Maddy

FLAC files are "lossless" music and sound files. They retain the high-quality sound of the original recording. Unfortunately, FLAC files are quite large and are incompatible with most personal MP3 players; however, it is possible to convert FLAC files to MP3 format so you can listen to those files on your iPod or other personal digital media player. MP3 files are not as high quality as FLAC files, but most people can't hear any appreciable difference between the two file formats. Since MP3 is a standard file format, it makes sense to convert audio files to MP3 format. You can convert files quite easily in a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • PC with Internet connection

Step 1

Download Switch Sound File Converter software suite from (see Resources).

Step 2

Install the software package by double-clicking on the downloaded file icon and follow installation instructions. This software package is free and is useful for converting back and forth between music file types, including MP3, WAV, M4A, AAC and WMA.

Step 3

Open the Switch Sound File Converter program by double-clicking on the "desktop icon or by navigating through the Start menu.

Step 4

Click on the "Add File" icon at the top left corner of the screen and navigate through your folder to select the FLAC file you wish to convert.

Step 5

Select your desired output folder and file type. The default file output is MP3.

Step 6

Click on the "Convert" button in the bottom right corner to proceed with the conversion. The software will quickly convert your music file to MP3 format. You can load the new MP3 onto your media player and enjoy.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can select multiple files to convert at once.