Convert FLAC to MP3 in Mac OS
If you need to convert FLAC to MP3 in Mac OS X for free, the best way to do so is using a utility called All2MP3*. It’s super easy to use with drag & drop conversion tools and total simplicity, just grab the app and follow along with this tutorial and you’ll have converted your FLAC files in no time at all.
How to Convert FLAC to MP3
Here are the steps to convert FLAC audio files to MP3 format within Mac OS X. You’ll be able to set the bitrate and quality of the conversion as necessary. Audio Converter is free and very easy to use for mp3 file conversion:
- Locate the FLAC audio files you want converted, it’s often easiest to put them into a folder within the Finder
- Download AudioConverter, it’s a free utility that will handle the conversion
- Launch the app and have it somewhere easily visible
- Drag the FLAC audio files into the All2MP3 GUI (or into the All2MP3 Dock icon)
- Adjust quality options as necessary, use the sliding bitrate scale. The default is set to 320kbps which is usually sufficient for most users
- Click on “Convert” and let the conversion process complete
The app goes to work and handles all the conversion. The time it takes depends on the processor speed of your Mac, but it’s generally really fast for audio conversion standards. The FLAC files will be converted to MP3 within their original directory, so look for the new converted files in the same place. For example, if you stored a bunch of FLAC files in ~/Desktop/ConvertMe/ then the new Mp3 files from the conversion would also be in that directory when completed.
What is FLAC anyway? Can iTunes play FLAC?
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, and every once in a while you’ll come across audio files that are in this format. This is typical with high quality files shared online between musicians, but also FLAC files are commonly generated by high quality audio rippers if you’re converting a physical disc. FLAC files are great because they’re usually of very high quality, but they’re annoying for some users because iTunes can’t open a FLAC file by default. The solution is to convert the FLAC to MP3 format, and then iTunes can read and play it as usual.
Using the same app you can also convert wma to mp3 amongst many other supported audio formats, including MPC, APE, WV, FLAC, OGG, WMA, AIFF, WAV, and others. It’s a great utility to have around on the Mac for converting audio files, and given that it’s free and fast, it’s hard to beat.
Another option is to use Audacity to convert FLAC to MP3, and it’s a good alternative.
* Update: All2Mp3 has been discontinued, but AudioConverter and Audacity remain alternatives for Mac users to convert FLAC to mp3.