Review: Convert Flash vids into MP3s and more with Free FLV to MP3 Converter

Convert YouTube videos to play on your MP3 device with this super-easy freeware.

As you've probably guessed, Convert Audio Free's Free FLV to MP3 Converter is freeware that converts the audio portion of Flash files from the FLV format into MP3s you can listen to on your phone, mobile player, or maybe even your toaster, by the time you read this. Free FLV to MP3 Converter's name only tells part of the story since it also converts Flash files into AVI files, and it even converts FLVs into MP4 videos that can play on a wide variety of video devices.

We've mentioned that Free FLV to MP3 Converter is freeware, but as anyone who likes freeware as much as we do is aware, someone pays the bills, and that means optional downloads, which you can decline since they're not needed to run the program. Free FLV to MP3 Converter is specifically designed to be quick and easy to use, and its small interface has all the essentials right up front: Select a Flash file, change the output directory, choose a new format, and then press "Convert." That's what we did; and Free FLV did its thing. Converted files played flawlessly. There appears to be no Help file with Free FLV to MP3 Converter, though one is hardly needed; nor any Settings or Options, either. But making the job more complex is hardly this tool's mission.

While playing video clips as audio is its basic purpose, what Free FLV to MP3 Converter does is give you access to zillions of tunes posted on sites like YouTube, many of them unique and unusual (even homemade) or copied off vinyl records. In many cases, the video portion of these Flash files only consists of a slideshow, or perhaps someone pointed a camera at the spinning turntable, so Free FLV to MP3 Converter even saves disk space by just saving the tunes!

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