How do I convert flac to mp3 in Windows?
May 19, 2009 1:24 AM   Subscribe

How can I convert flac files to mp3 in Windows?

I'm open to going through some of the more arcane procedures that I've seen around the web that involve multiple programs, but is there a single-step solution for converting from flac to mp3 under Windows?
posted by Pope Guilty to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hi Pope,
dBpoweramp will fill your need.
posted by Duke999R at 1:50 AM on May 19, 2009

Best answer: If you can be online, I highly recommend MediaConvert for this purpose and numerous others.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:03 AM on May 19, 2009

I use the free version of Switch. It's small and fast.
posted by SteveInMaine at 3:13 AM on May 19, 2009

+1 for dbpoweramp, it is very simple to use and I've had no problems with it at all.
posted by tumples at 4:40 AM on May 19, 2009

+1 for dbpoweramp.
posted by Substrata at 5:04 AM on May 19, 2009

Foobar2000 with flac and lame encoders
posted by serak at 5:32 AM on May 19, 2009

Another +1 for dBpoweramp.
posted by inigo2 at 5:49 AM on May 19, 2009

Best answer: Format Factory is another free option. It does more then audio, it also does video and images (and dvd converts).
posted by royalsong at 7:23 AM on May 19, 2009

I use MediaMonkey for both a music player and format converter.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:33 AM on May 19, 2009

Best answer: foobar2000, xrecode, mediamonkey, dbpoweramp, etc.

Personally, I like foobar2000 the best: easy set-up, natively reads FLAC, uses any version of the LAME mp3 encoder (get 3.98.2, the latest stable), copies all tags, can split by cuesheet, can generate short previews, can write full transcoding log.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:18 AM on May 19, 2009

nth dbPowerAmp. The MP3 plugin isn't free, but this can be circumvented by using the CLI plugin and LAME.EXE. Once set up (protip: LAME.EXE -V 0 [infile] [outfile]) it's a breeze.
posted by neckro23 at 1:35 PM on May 19, 2009

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