Free APE to MP3 Converter is a free program that converts APE files (Monkey's Audio) to MP3 or WAV format. In addition, the program allows you to extract audio tracks from audio files based on the CUE sheet. CUE files are often attached to the Audio CD images created by programs like EAC (Exact Audio Copy), CDRWin, CUERipper.
To convert audio streams to MP3 the application uses the latest version of the LAME encoder. The program supports encoding with a constant bit rate - CBR, average bitrate - ABR and variable bit rate - VBR (LAME presets). Metadata (tags) from the source APE and CUE files are copied to the output MP3 files.
Basic operation of the program is very simple: just drag & drop APE or CUE files into main window, select the Default encoder settings in the Profile list and click the CONVERT button. More advanced users can customize many encoding parameters: audio bitrate, bitrate mode, number of audio channels, audio sampling frequency, volume, time range and other.
Loses one star because, when converting from CUE to mp3, I cannot clear the CUE sheet after the conversion is complete. There are no help files and everything I have tried has failed. The only way I've found is to restart the app which, in turn, requires resetting preferences. Minor annoyance but still an annoyance at an otherwise perfect little utility.
I've used Any Audio Converter for a couple of years but in its latest version the ability to convert CUE files was removed so I had to find a replacement. XRECODE looked like a perfect alternative and it was promoted to be free but, in reality, was not.
Free APE to mp3 bridged the gap perfectly for a FREE, lightweight & fast app for converting APE/CUE to separate mp3 tracks. Aside from being unable to clear the CUE data after conversion, this little app is flawless.