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Any totally free FLAC converters?

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Are there any totally free flac converters.....All the supposed ones, you have to end up paying for

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I use XLD on my mac to convert between lossless formats. It's pretty powerful.

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I use X-Recode II. It converts tons of formats back and forth. All you have to do is wait a few seconds every time the program starts. Also, this is the completely wrong forum section for this lol. 

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For converting too FLAC? Or for converting from FLAC to another format?

If you want to convert to FLAC, then it's always free, because FLAC is an open source codec for anybody to freely use.

If you want to convert from FLAC to another format, then it depends on the format you want to convert it to.

 

 

Also "foobar2000" is completely free and will allow you to convert between formats (including FLAC), but you'll need to download the FLAC codec online.


Edited by Sound Quest - 2/23/13 at 1:21pm
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If you're ripping a CD to FLAC, use Exact Audio Copy

 

If you're converting a file like MP3 or something to FLAC, stop what you're doing because you aren't supposed to do that.

 

If you're converting a FLAC file to MP3 or something, my personal favorite is freeac. It's free, has tons of support, works with tons of encoders. Good stuff.

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Originally Posted by tannerbnd View Post

Are there any totally free flac converters.....All the supposed ones, you have to end up paying for


I use Foobar2000. It's a media player that supports WASAPI direct mode so a lot of audiophiles use it and conveniently you can right click any file and choose "convert". Provided you point it to a LAME library, which is also free, it will easily convert, retaining id3 info.

 

Alternatively Audacity is a free audio editing program that can read and write almost any format.

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Originally Posted by tannerbnd View Post

Are there any totally free flac converters.....All the supposed ones, you have to end up paying for

 

Max is completely free, unless you're looking for "free as in freedom" types, in that case I think this one here is what you're looking for

http://www.freac.org/index.php/en/downloads-mainmenu-33


Edited by Parall3l - 2/23/13 at 4:05pm
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Originally Posted by tannerbnd View Post

Are there any totally free flac converters.....All the supposed ones, you have to end up paying for

 

If you're just looking for an encoder, even the reference implementation of FLAC is totally free. For a ripper and encoder combination, I agree with the recommendations for Exact Audio Copy (EAC).

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I just use the converter in foobar. It rips from cd and converts flac to various mp3 if needed.

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I just use the converter in foobar. It rips from cd and converts flac to various mp3 if needed.

 

And puts the converted files where you want them and lets you choose the naming convention ...

 

It's great.

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Originally Posted by jimmylee1997 View Post

I use XLD on my mac to convert between lossless formats. It's pretty powerful.

+1. Just discovered this gem of a software. All kinds of conversion and tagging options.

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I also like foobar2000,

but I like jet audio (Cowon) even more.

(Have used it only for converting CD's to flac's so far.)

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Hello!

 

Personally, I am using XLD for Mac. It's pretty annoying to me sometimes [this only applies to me]. Here's what, all my musics and stuff are saved in my Window PC and I uses Window PC to download FLAC albums [it's faster using PC to download], everytime, I need to save my FLAC in a pendrive then by using XLD to convert to ALAC and then transfer it to my Window. 

 

I used to use a converter in my Window for it... but it "crashes" everytime when I convert a FLAC album...

 

My question is, any FLAC to ALAC converter that works with Window and deos not crashes every single time.

 

Billson :)

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