Have you downloaded songs in FLAC format from the Internet and, while on your Mac you listened to them without problems, on your portable player they don’t want to go? Unfortunately you are not the only one having this kind of problem.
Files in FLAC format (short for Free Lossless Audio Codec) are generally preferable to classic MP3s. At the same size, they guarantee higher audio quality. However, they are not yet supported by many players, which is why I recommend having a converter on your computer that can transform FLAC files into MP3. By carrying out a conversion of this type, all incompatibility problems are canceled, but, inevitably, you end 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 settings of the converters appropriately it is often possible to reduce the damage, but of course much depends on the “sensitivity” of the listener and his specific needs. If you want to give it a try, below are the download links for some of the best audio converters for OS X and detailed instructions for convert FLAC to MP3 Mac. I hope they can be useful to you. Good luck!
How to Convert FLAC to MP3 Mac
Media Human Audio Converter
MediaHuman Audio Converter is one of the best free audio converters available on OS X. It can convert FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, OGG, AIFF and Apple Lossless format files between them allowing you 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 the item Downloads.
When the download is complete, open the dmg package you just downloaded, drag the MediaHuman Audio Converter icon into the folder Applications of OS X and launch the program by double clicking on its icon. Should a security warning appear relating to the fact 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 item You open from the menu that appears. This operation will be necessary only at the first start.
At this point, drag the FLAC files to be transformed into MP3 into the MediaHuman Audio Converter window and expand the drop down menu which is located at the top right. A new window will open containing two other drop-down menus: in the first you must select the format in which you want to convert the songs loaded into the program (therefore MP3s), in the second one you have to specify the quality that the output songs must have. To have a good balance between audio quality and weight of the files, I advise you to choose a value between stereo, 44100Hz, 192kbps And stereo, 44100Hz, 320kbps.
Once all the settings have been adjusted, click on Close to return to the main screen of the program and start converting your FLAC files to MP3 by clicking on the button with the two arrows which is located at the top right. By default, files will be saved in the folder Converted by MediaHuman contained in the path Music of your Mac. If you want to change destination, go to the menu MediaHuman Audio Converter > Preferences and select the folder you prefer from the drop-down menu Output folder.
The second software that I suggest you consider is Fre:ac, an open source audio converter capable of “digesting” files in FLAC, MP3, M4A, WMA, OGG, WAV and Bonk formats. To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the link located under the heading Mac OS X (for example freac-20150705-macosx.dmg).
Once the download is complete, open the dmg package you just downloaded, drag the Fre:ac icon into the folder Applications of OS X and launch the program by double clicking on its icon. Also in this case, if a warning appears relating to the fact that the software has been downloaded from unknown sources, solve the problem by right-clicking on its icon and selecting the item You open 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 drop down menu Encoder selected which is located at the bottom right. Then click on the icongear present in the application toolbar (top) and adjust the quality of the output songs by selecting one of the available options in the drop-down menu Uses. If you want to manually adjust all the parameters you have to choose the option Custom settings.
Once all the MP3 encoding settings have been adjusted, press the button Browse placed at the bottom right to select the folder in which to export the converted songs and start their conversion by clicking on the button play up.
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 major audio file formats, including FLAC, MP3, OGG, APE, AIFF, WAV and MP3. To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the link [Local Mirror] which is under the heading Downloads (in the center of the page).
When the download is complete – by now you know what you have to do – open the dmg package you just downloaded, drag the program icon into the folder Applications of OS X and launch it. If a security warning appears and the software does not start, right click on its icon and select the item You open from the menu that appears.
Now, go to the menu XLD > Preferences located at the top left and, in the window that opens, set the item MP3 BLADES in the drop-down menu Target format. If you want to adjust the quality of the output songs as well, click the button Options. If, on the other hand, 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 item Specific folder and press the button Tax.
When you have finished configuring everything, close the XLD settings panel, drag the FLAC files to be transformed into MP3 onto the program icon on the Dock bar and wait for the conversion to complete.