Converting FLAC to MP3
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This guide assumes you are running Microsoft Windows.
You will need:
- Note: if you plan to burn these MP3 files to a CD for playback in your car, make sure the files do not have a sample rate of 48khz (this is specified on the recording's page). If the recording you wish to burn has a sample rate of 48khz, follow the Sample rate conversion guide from the Converting to MP3 format section instead.
- Install foobar2000. The default settings are sufficient, just advance through the pages.
- Extract LAME to somewhere you'll remember it, for example, a subfolder called "LAME" in your music directory.
- Open foobar2000.
- Drag and drop the files you wish to convert.
- If the tracks are not already selected, select them all.
- Right click anywhere in the selected area.
- Mouse over "Convert", then click "..."
- Click "Output format".
- From the list, select "MP3 (LAME)". Click "Edit".
- Drag the slider to the left until it says "~190kbps (*), V2". This setting results in files which are significantly smaller than the original, yet should sound the same as the lossless (FLAC) files.
- Click "OK", then click "Back".
- Click "Convert".
- When asked to locate LAME, browse to the directory you extracted LAME to in step 2 and click OK.
- When asked to pick a directory to place the converted files in, create a directory and double click it, then click OK.
- Wait for the files to finish converting. This may take several minutes depending on your computer's speed, and how long the recording being converted is.
- You now have high quality MP3 files of whichever recording you converted. These MP3 files will play without a problem on your portable device of choice, and will play in most vehicles' CD players if burned on to a CD-R as part of a data disc.
- If you need to convert more recordings, start the process again from step 5, but instead click [last used] in the "Converter" context menu.
- Please do not distribute MP3 files of lossless recordings publicly, but feel free to give copies of the files to your friends who may appreciate the recording.