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How to Convert FLAC to MP3 Using the Movavi Converter

Edited by Pat Bitton

November 5, 2019

FLAC, or Free Lossless Audio Codec, is an audio format that compresses music files without losing any data. However, as is the case with most lossless formats, the files are often quite large and can fill your storage space with just a few albums. The FLAC format is also not widely supported on mobile devices, so, to be on the safe side, you might want to know how to convert FLAC to MP3 – one of the more widely supported formats.

An easy way to transcode your files is by using Movavi Video Converter. This powerful conversion software for Windows and Mac can help you not only with converting FLAC to MP3 but also with multiple other media file conversion and compatibility issues. Just download the appropriate version of Movavi Video Converter and follow the short guide below on how to change FLAC to MP3.

Install the Movavi FLAC-to-MP3 Converter

Download and run the Video Converter installation file. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the app.

Add Files to Batch-Convert FLAC to MP3

Click Add Media, select the Add Audio option, and choose the audio file for which you’d like to change the format. You can also add a batch of files to perform a mass conversion. Movavi Video Converter supports a wide range of formats, so you can batch-convert FLAC to MP3 and also change MP3 files to FLAC, although it won't improve the sound quality because of the specifics of the MP3 format.

Select the Output Format

Open the Audio tab, click on the MP3 group, and select the bitrate that best suits your needs. Since you're converting from a lossless audio format, higher bitrates (like 320 kbps) will certainly retain more quality, but the output files will be larger than those with lower bitrates.

Switch the Format to Convert FLAC to MP3

Click the Save to button to specify a folder for saving your files, then press Convert to change the format of your files from FLAC to MP3. Once the conversion is complete, the destination folder will open automatically.

 

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FLAC vs. MP3 – Comparing Formats

MP3 vs. FLAC: which is better? One of the main advantages of FLAC is audio quality. However, FLAC is not supported by all media players, and the file size is quite large. If you want to play your audio files on different devices and save some storage space, then definitely choose MP3 over FLAC. See the table below for more information on FLAC vs. MP3.

Comparison ParameterFLACMP3
File extension.flac.mp3
CompressionLosslessLossy
File sizeLargeRelatively small
ChannelsUp to 8Up to 2
Sample rate in Hz1–655,3508,000–48,000
UsagePC audio storagePCs, CDs, DVDs, digital players

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I convert FLAC to MP3 on a Mac?

Use any media converter for Mac. You can convert FLAC to MP3 online with the help of a web service like Online Video Converter or a desktop app like Movavi Video Converter.

How can I convert FLAC to MP3 on Windows 10?

You can do it easily using the Movavi media converter for Windows. Just follow a few simple steps:

1. Download and install the program.

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2. Drag and drop your FLAC files into the app window.

3. Choose MP3 as the output format.

4. Click the Convert button to change your FLAC files to MP3.

How to convert FLAC to MP3 for free?

One way is by using the online service form at the top of this page. Another option is to download a free FLAC-to-MP3 converter like VLC or Free Video Converter from Movavi. Please note that conversion via VLC can be tricky as the program features lots of menus and dialog boxes that one has to click through before converting media files. Also, in the case of Free Video Converter, the conversion speed can be a bit low as only free codecs are included in the application.

Does converting FLAC to MP3 lead to quality loss?

FLAC is one of the most popular lossless formats. Although FLAC files are compressed, they have the same quality as the original source audio. The audio files of lossy formats like MP3 have slightly worse sound quality than those of lossless formats. So, yes, if you convert your files with an audio converter from FLAC to MP3, there can be certain quality loss issues. However, the difference may be almost undetectable if the lossy file has a high bitrate.

Is FLAC better than MP3?

The answer depends on what you want to do with your files. The FLAC format offers better sound quality – so, if this is your top priority, you might want to consider storing your audio files in FLAC. However, FLAC files can be six times larger than MP3s, making MP3 a better alternative that’s still very popular among those who value disk space over quality.