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How to Convert FLAC to MP3

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. Also, the FLAC format is not widely supported on mobile devices, so you might want to turn your FLAC files into the more widely supported MP3 format to be on the safe side.

There are three main ways to convert files – by using a commercial program, freeware, or an online service. Check out the guide below to learn more about these conversion options and the differences between FLAC and MP3 files. We have also provided answers to some of the most common questions related to FLAC.

How to Use Movavi’s FLAC-to-MP3 Converter

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

Install the Movavi Converter

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

Add FLAC Files You Want to Transfer

Click Add Media, select the Add Audio option and choose the audio file for which you would like to change the format. You can also add a batch of files to perform mass conversion. Movavi Video Converter supports a wide range of formats, so you can not only transcode MP3 to AAC, WMA, and other formats but also do the reverse operation and convert MP3 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 from FLAC to MP3

Check the output folder in the Save to field and click the Folder button if you want to specify another path, then press Convert to transform your FLAC files to MP3. Once conversion is done, the destination folder will open automatically.


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How to Convert FLAC to MP3 Online

Another option for changing the file format is to use an online service. For example, try Online Video Converter – a simple web app that enables you to convert FLAC to MP3 online.

Go to the Online Video Converter website

First, go to the website and click the Add Your Media button to upload the song you want to convert. Next, open the formats list, choose Audio, and select MP3 as the target format. To start converting FLAC to MP3, click the Convert button. After the conversion is complete, the file will be downloaded to your computer automatically.

Note that the online service has a few disadvantages – you can only convert one file at a time, and the file size is limited.

How to Use a Free FLAC-to-MP3 Converter

You can convert FLAC to MP3 for free with VLC Media Player. Follow the instructions below for a successful conversion.

First, download VLC Media Player from the official website.

Go to the official VLC website

Then launch the program and click the Media button in the upper left corner. In the menu that opens, select the Convert / Save option. A dialog window will open, where you can select files for conversion by clicking the Add button. When you’ve selected all the files you want to convert, click the Convert / Save button.

In the new dialog window, choose the output format in the Profile field. Next, click Browse to enter the name of the output file and select a destination folder. Finally, click Start to convert the selected files.

FLAC vs. MP3 – Comparing Formats

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

Comparison parameterFLACMP3
File extension.flac.mp3
File sizeBigRelatively small
ChannelsUp to 8Up to 2
Sample rate in Hz1-6553508000-48000
UsagePC audio storagePCs, CDs, DVDs, digital players

Frequently Asked Questions

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 or AAC have slightly worse sound quality than those of lossless formats. However, the difference may be almost undetectable if the lossy file has a high bitrate.

Yes, it can. Google Play Music supports FLAC, MP3, AAC, ALAC, WMA, and OGG audio formats, but automatically converts them to MP3 after uploading. It means that the sound quality might get slightly worse, since MP3 is a lossy audio format.

The short answer is no. The reason is the lossy compression method used in MP3 files. It means that, in MP3 files, the original sound quality is decreased to make the file size smaller. If you want to convert audio files to FLAC, it’s best to use the original media to retain the best possible quality.

There are two ways to play FLAC files on Android. You can install a media player that supports FLAC from Google Play, or you can convert FLAC to MP3 or any other format supported on your smartphone.

You can use any video converter for Mac that you like to use. Choose between commercial software like Movavi Video Converter for Mac, freeware like VLC, or an online service like Online Video Converter.