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How to Convert FLAC to MP3 Mac

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How to Convert FLAC to MP3 Mac: Did you download songs in FLAC format from the Internet and, while you listened to them on your Mac without problems, on your portable player they don’t want to go? Unfortunately, you are not alone in having this kind of problem.

Files in FLAC format (short for Free Lossless Audio Codec) are generally preferable to the classic MP3. For the same size, they guarantee higher audio quality. However, they are not yet supported by many players, and this is the reason why I recommend having a converter on your computer capable of transforming FLAC files into MP3. Carrying out such a conversion eliminates all incompatibility problems, but inevitably one ends up losing something in terms of audio quality. So is the game worth the candle, or is it better to give up? Well, hard to say.

By adjusting the converter settings appropriately, damage can often be reduced, but of course much depends on the listener’s “sensitivity” and his specific needs. If you want to try, below are the links to download some of the best audio converters for OS X and detailed instructions for converting FLAC to MP3 Mac . I hope they will come in handy. Good luck!

MediaHuman Audio Converter

MediaHuman Audio Converter is one of the best free audio converters available on OS X. It manages to convert files in FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, AIFF and Apple Lossless formats, allowing precise control over the quality of the output songs . To download it to your computer, all you have to do is connect to its official website and click on Download .

When the download is complete, open the newly downloaded dmg package, drag the MediaHuman Audio Converter icon to the Applications folder of OS X and start the program by double clicking on its icon. Should a security warning appear that the software has been taken from an unknown source (i.e. outside the Mac App Store), start it by right-clicking on its icon and selecting the Open item from the menu that appears. This will only be necessary on the first start.

At this point, drag the FLAC files to be transformed into MP3 in the MediaHuman Audio Converter window and expand the drop-down menu located at the top right. A new window will open with two other drop-down menus inside: in the first you must select the format in which you want to convert the songs loaded into the program (therefore   MP3 ), in the second instead you must specify the quality that the output songs must have. To have a good balance between audio quality and file weight, I suggest you choose a value between  stereo, 44100Hz, 192kbps  and stereo, 44100Hz, 320kbps .

Once you have adjusted all the settings, click Close  to return to the main program screen and start converting your FLAC files to MP3 by clicking on the button with the  two arrows  located at the top right. By default, the files will be saved in the Converted by MediaHuman folder contained in the Music path of your Mac. If you want to change the destination, go to the MediaHuman Audio Converter> Preferences menu and select the folder you prefer from the Output folder drop-down menu .

Fre: ac

The second software that I recommend you to consider is Fre: ac , an open source audio converter that can “digest” files in FLAC, MP3, M4A, WMA, OGG, WAV and Bonk formats. To download it to your computer, connected to its official website and click on the link located under the Mac OS X entry (for example freac-20150705-macosx.dmg ).

When the download is complete, open the dmg package you just downloaded, drag the Fre: ac icon to the Applications folder of OS X and start the program by double clicking on its icon. Also in this case, should a warning appear that the software has been downloaded from unknown sources, solve the problem by right clicking on its icon and selecting the Open item from the menu that appears.

At this point, to convert FLAC to MP3 with Fre.ac, drag the latter into the program window and select the item Lame MP3 Encoder from the Selected encoder drop-down menu located at the bottom right. Then click on the gear icon in the application toolbar (above) and adjust the quality of the output tracks by selecting one of the options available in the Use drop-down menu . If you want to manually adjust all the parameters you have to choose the Custom settings option .

Once all the MP3 encoding settings have been adjusted, press the Browse button located at the bottom right to select the folder in which to export the converted songs and start their conversion by clicking on the play button  at the top.

X Lossless Decoder

If the two applications mentioned above do not fully satisfy you (but I doubt that happens), you can convert FLAC to MP3 Mac with X Lossless Decoder .

X Lossless Decoder is an application that allows you to decode and convert all the main audio file formats, including FLAC, MP3, OGG, APE, AIFF, WAV and MP3. To download it to your computer, connected to its official website and click on the link [Local Mirror] which is located under the word Download (in the middle of the page).

Download is complete – now you know what you need to do – open the dmg package you just downloaded, drag the program icon to the OS X Applications folder and start it. If a security warning appears and the software does not start, right click on its icon and select the Open item from the menu that appears.

Now, go to the XLD> Preferences menu located at the top left and, in the window that opens, set the LAME MP3 item in the Destination format drop-down menu . If you also want to adjust the quality of the output songs, click on the Options button . If instead you want to change the destination folder of the converted files (which is normally the same as the source files), put the check mark next to the specific folder item and press the Set button .

When you are finished configuring everything, close the XLD settings panel, drag the FLAC files to be transformed into MP3 on the program icon on the Dock bar and wait for the conversion to complete.