You’ve downloaded some flac files, perhaps from http://bt.etree.org and now you want to convert the flac files to mp3 to take with you on your iPod or MP3 player. This tutorial will walk you through the steps to do just that, using Ubuntu Linux.
- Start out by launching the Synaptic Package Manager by selecting System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manger. Click the Search button and run a search for gstreamer. Locate gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse, place a check in the box next to it and select Mark for Installation from the pop-up.
- Now run a new search and search for the phrase soundconverter. Again, place a check next to it and select Mark for Installation. Click the Apply button from the top Toolbar.
- Now you’ll be prompted to install new packages. Again, click Apply.
- To launch Sound Converter, select Applications -> Sound & Video -> Sound Converter.
- Once Sound Converter opens, select Edit -> Preferences
- From the Where to place results? section, select the location where you want to save your converted MP3 files. In the How to name files? section, I prefer the default (Save as input, but replace the suffix) – but you can make any change to suit your preferences.
Finally, the the Type of results? section, select your preferred output format (probably MP3). For the Bitrate mode: and Quality:, again, I prefer the defaults – but you can make any changes you see fit. Once you set all the preferences to your liking, click the Close button.
- Now it’s time to convert some flac files. Select Add Folder if you have a folder of flac files (that’s how I’ll be doing it in this example) or Add File if you just want to convert one.
- Navigate to the folder containing your flac files (or the individual flac if you’re just converting one) – select it, and click Open.
- Finally it’s time – click the Convert button from the top Toolbar.
- The status of the conversion will appear in the bottom left corner.
- Once the conversion has completed, open the folder you specified way back in step #6 (Where to place results?) and all of your newly converted MP3s will be there waiting for you. That’s it – you’re done!