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Free FLAC to MP3 Converter

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FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It's a free, open source standard for compressing audio files. It's popular because it's lossless: Storing your tunes as FLAC files preserves their quality better than more "lossy" standards, including MP3s. While many media players handle FLAC files, plenty of portable devices don't. If you store digital music as FLAC files but your portable player doesn't play them, you'll need to convert them to MP3s first. For that job, you'll need a tool like PolySoft's Free FLAC to MP3 Converter. It's totally simple to use.

Free FLAC to MP3 Converter's user interface is small and simple, with no other controls, options, or settings beyond those immediately accessible. We could drag and drop files into the main window or click Add and browse to our FLAC files, or click Remove to delete them from the list. We tried both methods. The next step after adding our files was to select an output folder by changing the selection from Same, which saves converted files to the same folder as the source file, to Other, and then browsing to a new destination folder. Then it was a simple matter of pressing Convert to MP3 to process our batch. That's about all there is to the program's interface and functionality.

Free FLAC to MP3 Converter did the job quickly enough, though of course your system's resources will bear on the conversion speed. Our converted MP3s played normally in our usual media player. Did we notice a difference in the sound quality? Not really; at least, not an obvious or dramatic one. But then, going from FLAC to MP3 isn't a huge step: both are high-compression formats, not high-fidelity, and are designed to maximize storage space, not sound quality. But it's hard to imagine a simpler solution to the task at hand than Free FLAC to MP3 Converter. Stripped-down? Maybe, but we like simple software for simple tasks: Too many tools take longer to set up than to do their jobs. With Free FLAC to MP3 Converter, you're in and out while the other guy is still reading the signs.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.8 stars

    out of 75 votes

    • 5 star: 19
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 32
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 75 votes

    • 5 star: 19
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 32
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  • 1.0 stars

    "SHAMEFUL how CNET supports this kind of CRAP!"

    January 24, 2014  |   By spipics

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Nothing useful at all!

    Cons

    1. Installs all kind of Spyware and CRAP, Microsoft Visual "C", etc and then
    2. launches something called Mobogenie.
    3. It doesn't work; gives error trying to add file for conversion.

    Summary

    Biggest piece of crap I've ever seen!
    What a waste of my time!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Piece of Sh*t"

    December 23, 2013  |   By i_hate_cnet2

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    Not a single pro.

    Cons

    Malware, adware, spyware, browser hijacker.

    Summary

    Unbelievable how cnet would allow this. I'll never be using this site again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Waste of Time"

    October 5, 2013  |   By -CaptorOfSin-

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    If you miss cassette quality then this is for you.

    Cons

    Spyware/adware/browser add-ons if you're not careful during the dl process.

    Highest bit rate conversion quality allowable is 160.

    Summary

    Skip this one.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BAD BAD BAD"

    September 23, 2013  |   By Tanukimoon

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    None, see below.

    Cons

    Browser hijacker. Also installed a load of spyware and ad-ware. This is not a safe download. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the warnings when I first downloaded and installed it. Stupidly, I assumed because it was on cnet that it was ok.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD, save yourself some trouble, and skip this one!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "perfect in it's simplicity - does the job"

    July 22, 2013  |   By blottermonkey

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    perfect in it's simplicity - did the job for me very well, and saved me from doing it one by ONE on other application I already had.
    it converted the entire folder worth of files all at once ( to select multiple files do like any other application: ctrl/select & or /from first file to last 'shift/click' to grab all when adding files.

    Cons

    JUST AS WITH ANY FREE application, you need to keep your eyes open when choosing download options to avoid the sponsors crap.

    Summary

    Works great for me!
    IDK what these others are talking about as 'spyware' - I got nothing of the sort -- I did not get ANY spyware or anything but a stripped down version of a flac to mp3 converter that wrks great...But then again I'm smart enough to avoid all the extra added sponsor crap the CNet downloader adds if you don't pay attention. I mean, they have to pay bills & the choice is YOURS to download the crap or not.. leaving the bill to the un 'focused'(for lack of a better term) to fall for it & download the sponsor crap. But the program I downloaded works GREAT for what I wanted.
    Thanks, @BlotterMonkey

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth the effort."

    July 21, 2013  |   By Juliafshaw

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    It USED to be a good piece of software when I used it before.

    Cons

    Disappointed at all of the addons and spyware that came with it.

    Summary

    I had downloaded this program about a year ago and everything worked out fine, I removed it due to no longer needing it, so I had believed it was still decent software and installed it a second time. Bad idea. Loads of excess garbage came with it, I had to restore my PC just to get rid of all the stuff it had installed, and a virus scan to be on the safe side. Not worth the effort.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spyware do not download"

    June 25, 2013  |   By shellddy

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    I could not find any.

    Cons

    Thoroughly disappointed to get spyware from a Cnet download.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No, no, and also no."

    June 19, 2013  |   By traumingelb

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    There really aren't any.

    Cons

    It tried to install spyware on my computer (running a virus scan now, just to make sure), and the FLAC files it attempted to convert turned out to total crap.

    Summary

    You shouldn't even think about downloading this. Get LAME MP3 or something.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT INSTALL - INSTALLS ALLSORTS OF CRAP"

    May 29, 2013  |   By JohnGolding

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    It does covert flac to mp3 but it also installs so much spyware, adware, malware, allsorts! Pretty disgraceful. I will never use CNET/Download again!

    Cons

    It also installs so much spyware, adware, malware, allsorts! Disgraceful. I will never use CNET/Download again!

    Summary

    DO NOT INSTALL - INSTALLS ALLSORTS OF CRAP

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, but could be better."

    April 30, 2013  |   By lachlanjoconnor

    Version: Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

    Pros

    It does what it's suppose to do.. i needed it for simple conversion of FLAC files to standard mp3's. Job done. Hard to find a free software these days that will do this.. a few years ago it was easy.. AVS, but now it and many others have watermark stamps on them and also a bad conversion quality.

    Cons

    It installs a couple of games (not virus') onto your computer, which annoyingly take a couple of minutes to remove through the control panel. list all programs by date installed, then work your way done for fast removal.

    Summary

    Download! but only if you can be bothered reading the instructions when installing.. if you click next next next like some of the users above then it will install hard to remove pluggins for your browsers. but if you choice custom install and uncheck a few boxes you should be right.

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