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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Free FLAC to MP3 Converter offers an easy way to convert all your FLAC audio files to MP3. The program's interface is very simple. Just add the files you want to convert to the list (you can drag and drop them directly from Windows Explorer), select the output folder, and then click the Convert button.
Gets 1 star because the FLAC to mp3 converter does work
This is a "package" that contains several other pieces of malicious software. Additionally, the driver for my wireless adapter was magically deleted after I ran the install. Be prepared to resurrect your computer after you install this.
It is very troubling that the c-net "editors" gave this software anything over 1 star.
It's called advertising - If you don't want that software you don't have to install it.
You should read everything you're agreeing to next time.
If people didn't use ad-blockers I doubt this form of advertisement would have to be used, but servers don't pay for themselves.
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.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD, save yourself some trouble, and skip this one!!
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.
JUST AS WITH ANY FREE application, you need to keep your eyes open when choosing download options to avoid the sponsors crap.
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
It USED to be a good piece of software when I used it before.
Disappointed at all of the addons and spyware that came with it.
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.