How to convert .flac files to .mp3 using OS X

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to convert .flac files to .mp3 using OS X and one Open Source (free) app.

This tutorial was first published in 2006. I have updated it (July 2015) so that it’s current and uses the easiest, most straight forward process possible (and of course, free software). If you’re looking for the Windows version of this guide, check this step-by-step tutorial.

  1. First things first, you’ll need to download Max and configure it. You’ll only need to go through the configuration process once – every subsequent time you want to convert a flac to an mp3 it will just be a few clicks.
  2. Once you’ve downloaded Max, double-click the file to extract it.
  3. Drag Max.app to your Applications folder to install it.

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  5. Launch Max from your Applications folder. No “window” will open, but you’ll notice the Menu Bar now lists Max as the active Application. Select Max and then Preferences…
  6. Select the Formats tab.

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  8. Select MP3 from the Available output formats:, and click the small plus (+) button.

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  10. Now select MP3 from the Configured output formats: list by clicking on it once, and then click the Encoder Settings button.

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  12. From here you can determine the quality of the MP3s that Max will output.

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  14. I prefer higher quality MP3s, so from the Encoder quality: drop-down menu, I selected Best. Click OK when you’ve determined the quality of the outputted MP3s.

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  16. Now place a check in the box labeled MP3.

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  18. Select the Output tab from the top menu. In the Locations section, click the Output files: menu.

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  20. Change it to Same as source file. This means that your converted MP3s will be created inside the same folder that the originating FLAC files reside it. It makes them very easy to find once the conversions have completed.

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  22. Close the Preferences window, select File from the Menu Bar, and then Convert Files…
  23. Navigate to the folder with your FLAC file(s), select them, and click the Open button.

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  25. The File Conversion window will pop up, with all of the FLAC files you selected in the previous step. Click the Convert button from the top menu.

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  27. Sit back and watch your FLAC files convert to MP3. This process can take quite a while, depending on the number of FLAC files you’re converting and the speed of your Mac.

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  29. Once the conversion has completed, navigate to the folder that contained your FLAC files. You’ll notice that for each one, there’s now a corresponding MP3 file. You can sort the MP3s from here, add them to iTunes etc.

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  31. Going forward, you’ll only need to open Max and start at step #13 when you want to convert more FLAC files to MP3. All done!
{ 207 comments… add one }
  • Hans September 30, 2006, 2:04 pm

    no

  • Ross September 30, 2006, 2:37 pm

    No?

  • Naga October 17, 2006, 3:16 pm

    YOU ROCK, MAN. THANK YOU.

  • Rob November 29, 2006, 12:25 am

    Too complicated, isn’t it better to pay $20 for a professional converter that will convert flac to mp3 directly in three clicks? I use Total Audio Converter for that task.

  • scaven7 January 13, 2007, 9:50 pm

    Thanks so much! USEFUL!!!

  • Kate January 26, 2007, 11:28 pm

    Thank you – very helpful!

  • marcel February 21, 2007, 1:53 am
  • Kyle February 22, 2007, 6:36 pm

    Holy crap, thankyou so much for this info. I am very lucky to have found it. All I wanted to do is get a f—in mp3 ringtone and I have put 5+ hours into it. Now with Audacity and this little bit on itunes converting it is now possible. Thats the Apple drawback, no software. Yeah I couldn’t even find what I wanted even if I pay. Rediculous.

    Well now I can make my own ringtones out of my purchased music, thanks a lot.

    Oh, no I dont want to pay! (coming form someone in college!)

  • etch March 11, 2007, 6:08 am

    MASSIVE THANKS MAN, much appreciated for that, sooooooooo useful…

  • Andy March 23, 2007, 9:23 am

    Nicely presented tutorial. I’d like to add to this thread that anyone that knows how to open up a terminal on Mac OS X take a look at this script:

    http://robinbowes.com/projects/flac2mp3

    It’s simple really, you run the script, wait a bit..

    12 flac files found. Sorting…done.
    Processing “01-Futuresex,Lovesound.flac”
    Processing “02-Sexyback.flac”
    Processing “03-Sexy Ladies.flac”
    etc, etc..

    then find you have an iPod friendly directory of mp3’s. Apart from the lack of interaction it also maintains the metadata tags which I’d consider almost essential. The xAct/iTunes method won’t maintain tags as I understand it.

    Horses for courses and all that.

    Andy

  • mitchjet April 2, 2007, 7:02 am

    thank you so much for this simple and effective explanation!

    i was devastated when, for some reason, my computer took a WHOLE day to download some files, then i opened it, and they were .flac files, a format i’d NEVER heard of!

    thankyou for making it possible for me to hear them on my iPod now!

  • Daylan April 11, 2007, 4:01 pm

    Thanks man! You’re my hero

  • fifi April 17, 2007, 12:08 am

    It would be easier to use a program named NoteBurner. The program works with iTunes, Windows Media Player and Realone. You can convert all protected or unprotected music to plain mp3, wam or wav easily.

  • Johanna May 2, 2007, 9:59 pm

    Awesome instructions – thanks so much!

  • Charly May 3, 2007, 4:03 pm

    Thanks so much, you’ve made my day!

  • Zack May 12, 2007, 6:55 am

    Thank you sooooooo much. You’re a Godsend.

  • Mauricio Ulloa May 18, 2007, 4:52 am

    Very very helpfull, it is just a matter of patience.
    Thank you very much

  • Christophe diezma May 18, 2007, 8:10 am

    Hey you, thanks so much for the info .. I have had all these Bach music on .flac that I have not been able to play on my iPod .. this did it! YOU ARE THE MAN !

  • Tom May 20, 2007, 10:41 am

    Thank you. Not that fast but efficient :)

  • Raph May 21, 2007, 2:23 am

    Nice tutorial, but it’s a bit complicated, you can use a freeware called Max which can convert nearly any audio format to another directly:

    Max Audio Ripper Tutorial

  • mystic May 21, 2007, 7:30 am

    thank yo so much. Such a great tutorial … really took you thru each step and even explaining how long each step would take, the best one I’ve ever come across. Thank you!

  • Andrea June 9, 2007, 10:17 pm

    Thanks so much. These directions were perfect and easy to follow. You are a genius! I bookmarked this page

    Andrea
    mom to Estee Li Li
    the Sweetest little girl in all of China

  • Rich July 21, 2007, 9:07 am

    This prog and step by step has been invaluable to me. I found the entire process to be very straightforward. Great work! Thank you very much.

  • Jon August 3, 2007, 12:08 am

    Cracking Tutorial

    Keep up the good work (wish there were more tutorials on the web like this one, 5 minute job)

    Cheers John

  • mike August 9, 2007, 3:29 pm

    I know how to convert regular flac files, but flac16 files to not convert on xact on my macbook. I have had a John Mayer show sitting on my desktop for months and have been unable to convert it. Any help would be great. Thanks a lot.

  • Gary D August 30, 2007, 2:27 pm

    I downloaded the software v.1.59 and followed the step by step guide but the .flac files are not decoding, I have been promted by an error and the software won’t decode even when I tick the box go bypass the error!

    error message below:

    > /Users/garyjamesdickson/Documents/Azureus Downloads/Lou Reed – Between Thought And Expression/Disc 1/01 – I Can’t Stand It.flac: flac: invalid option — /
    flac: invalid option — U

  • gariba September 18, 2007, 2:52 pm

    Ralph,
    that tip of MAX, was GREAT!
    Just GREAT
    THanks A LOT!
    gariba

  • Rady Fahmy October 13, 2007, 4:29 pm

    Thank you a mil, it worked like a breeze.

  • Anna October 16, 2007, 2:51 am

    Your tutorial is fantastic! Thanks a lot, it worked perfectly fine.

  • jsitruk November 2, 2007, 4:09 pm

    Thank you so much! This is a real explanation! with picture etc..

  • Mark November 3, 2007, 11:27 am

    Did you ever get any help on this? I’m having the same problem. Thanks! Mark

  • Ross McKillop November 3, 2007, 11:35 am

    @Mark:

    I just sent this as an email to you – but I might as well post it here to help other folks.

    Does it happen w/ more than one fileset? ie. from a different group of
    flacs? That error usually happens when the .flac files are corrupt.
    You can usually tell if they’re corrupt by trying to play them – if
    they don’t play, they’re buggered. If they do play, there might (?) be
    a problem w/ xact (which I doubt). There’s a great program that I
    should use to re-write my mac flac > mp3 tutorials called “Max” by
    sbooth.

    http://sbooth.org/Max/

    It’s free, and it can convert pretty much any file you throw at it
    from one format to another. Give it a shot – if it fails too – or if
    the flac files don’t even play – it’s because they’re corrupt. Which
    means whoever made them messed it up, or the download never actually
    completed…

  • ananda November 3, 2007, 5:41 pm

    Or….

    Use Toast.

  • jørgen November 8, 2007, 5:11 am

    Thank you!

  • Joan Covington November 19, 2007, 6:45 am

    I keep getting “error while decoding metadata” responses. Perhaps the files really are corrupt, but — Any suggestions?

  • what ever November 27, 2007, 11:49 am

    NO, because you lose all the metadata when you go from FLAC to wave. We need to go from FLAC to MP3 and retain the metadata.

    Unless you enjoy tediously typing in the same information over and over.

  • mike November 28, 2007, 5:26 pm

    I know how to convert regular flac files, but flac16 files to not convert on xact on my macbook. I have had a John Mayer show sitting on my desktop for months and have been unable to convert it. Any help would be great. Thanks a lot.

  • Ross McKillop November 28, 2007, 11:27 pm

    mike,

    Does the show play using Cog or any flac player? If it doesn’t decode,
    it sounds like the flacs might be corrupt. Does xact give an error
    when it can’t decode them?

  • zoro December 14, 2007, 4:49 am

    thanks man! coffee tastes better with music..

  • claytron December 15, 2007, 8:49 pm

    The Max program is very nice. I had to use the ‘unstable’ version on leopard. Converted some .flac and some .ogg files effortlessly and even had growl notifications when it was done. Beautiful!

  • rachel December 25, 2007, 6:16 am

    This was SUPER useful, thank you so much! :D

  • Kenneth March 23, 2008, 12:45 pm

    Thanks. I used xACT V.1,62 and converted from .FLAC to mp3 without itunes.

  • Beth March 28, 2008, 5:20 pm

    thanks for this helpful, easy to use tutorial!

  • alan April 2, 2008, 3:21 pm

    hi there,

    many thanks for this tutorial, i’m very new to all this and i really have to thank you.

    made it very simple to follow.

    all the best,

    alan

  • Jo April 16, 2008, 4:35 am

    Hey, nice one!!!! x x

  • John Chow April 27, 2008, 6:11 pm

    And why do all this and not download a free flac player?

  • Ross McKillop April 27, 2008, 6:15 pm

    John Chow,

    Typically because iPods don’t support flac files.

  • Laura May 9, 2008, 1:47 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! You have made it fool-proof; as simple as tying my shoelaces :P

  • kyuss May 15, 2008, 1:02 pm

    Thanks for you efforts, this tutorial looks great
    …only problem is every time I try to convert the FLAC I get the error:
    “Got error code 0:FLAC__STREAM_DECODER_ERROR_STATUS_LOST_SYNC”

    does anyone know what this means, or how I can resolve it?
    ….would appreciate any advice please :)

  • Dee May 16, 2008, 4:18 pm

    thanks man, this helped me out.

  • Ultricon May 22, 2008, 12:39 pm

    I went to that website for xACT (for mac) but there’s no way to download the program there.

    How do you download xACT?

    Thanks

  • Joel May 22, 2008, 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the info, no need to make them mp3’s unless you want smaller files. wavs sound better.

  • Ross McKillop May 22, 2008, 5:57 pm

    @Ultricon:

    Good catch. Looks like the site is (gone?) down. At the very least all of the files are missing. Here’s a link where you can download it (I just confirmed)

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21952

  • nicholas May 23, 2008, 7:26 pm

    This was great, thank you!

  • IchabodChron May 24, 2008, 2:18 am

    Haha, it’s really funny that everyone used this guide and spent all that time when xACT can just do MP3 encoding on a FLAC. Using iTunes for MP3 encoding doesn’t actually keep the FLAC files high quality for those who care about sound quality.

  • FlacIt June 5, 2008, 11:27 pm

    Highly recommend X Lossless Decoder (XLD). Freeware open source that is command line, but also has a very nice easy to use GUI. You can go from flac to just about any format Mac/iPod/itunes support…also very fast, and grabs or retians ID3 and cover art in the process for flac conversion and also most other conversions too like .ape etc.

    You can grab it here: http://tmkk.hp.infoseek.co.jp/xld/index_e.html

    It’s constantly being updated/improved. The website has command line instructions, but if you use the GUI (the XLD.app) it’s just a matter of setting the preferences and drag and drop converting…very easy.

    You can also grab the latest builds of various decoders from there too, and compile the latest builds of XLD if you know how, otherwise using the lastest GUI download works great.

    Available in a different languages. Author has a donate button on his page, if you use this a lot it would be cool to support the author so he continues to develop the program (I have no connection with the author, just my 2 cents).

  • Wally June 12, 2008, 1:55 am

    Thanks for the tip! It worked great!

  • Mark June 12, 2008, 4:03 am

    Thank you so much, man!!! You have made my day!

  • a-gong June 14, 2008, 9:00 am

    I am very impressed, thank you.

  • Bucky June 17, 2008, 2:11 pm

    @ IchabodChron

    Older versions of xACT couldn’t do the mp3 encoding…you’ll notice there’s no lossy tab at the top of the screenshot ins tep 4.

    xACT have certainly made it a little easier to go from FLAC to mp3 without using any other software now. Nice one.

    And thanks for the tutorial Ross.

  • Greg June 22, 2008, 7:13 pm

    Thank you so much!

  • Ignacio Fernández July 3, 2008, 3:35 am

    Thanks man. really helpful

  • Hip nip July 4, 2008, 10:13 pm

    Extremely Useful,
    Thank you Sir!

  • Stuart Campbell July 11, 2008, 3:23 pm

    No as in, Do not use 192KBs that will sound deplorable. You download flac for the sound quality. use lime wire if you wanting rubbish mp3s. at least put it to 320 KBs. or better yet if you are using an iPod then encode it as an Aiff.

  • vijay kate July 14, 2008, 9:02 am

    ???well, at least on itunes 7.7, flac doesn’t get converted, tpic heading being flac-to-mp3, no it don’t work. maybe bastards apple, they always heted open source support

  • OROB July 15, 2008, 2:09 pm

    that wasn’t complicated, why waste money when that only took less than 10 min?

  • Steve July 24, 2008, 4:17 pm

    Brilliant! Thank-you so much, this was expertly laid out, clear and concise, and basically held my hand through the process, which is what I need being a computer dunce. Much appreciated!

  • Janie August 5, 2008, 7:06 pm

    Thank you so much! You are excellent!

  • David August 5, 2008, 7:21 pm

    Perfect!

    Thank you!

  • James August 9, 2008, 10:11 am

    Thanks so much. I paid the extra money for the new Girl Talk album and got it as .FLAC files, forgetting they wouldn’t play on my iPod. Worked great, no hassle, no need to pay for a program to do it. Fantastic.

  • Alex August 16, 2008, 2:19 pm

    Awesome tutorial!

    Thanks!

  • lainelike August 16, 2008, 2:38 pm

    you can just dag all your flac files into xACT in the lossy tab and convert them then and there no need to decode them then re encode them in itunes at all also full bitrate control too
    thanks for tip on using xACT tho :)

  • SD August 21, 2008, 11:42 am

    Thank you so very much. That was clear, clean and well written.
    LOVE IT!
    SD

  • LS00711 September 3, 2008, 6:32 pm

    Just what I was looking for. Thanks

  • HumpDeBump44 September 7, 2008, 10:11 am

    Thanks man that was awesome. I’m totally lost with this stuff and I appreciate you taking the time to write this all up.

  • Jen September 18, 2008, 9:11 am

    This worked perfectly. Thanks a lot!!!

  • the baron September 24, 2008, 3:55 am

    Worked like a charm.
    Thnx!!

  • steven September 25, 2008, 3:46 am

    thanks but its easier to just drag the files into itunes after converting them.

  • Fernando September 27, 2008, 4:26 am

    I fond this several months ago and it’s bee working a treat on my MacBook!! Thanks so much.

    My problem now is that I have downloaded a whole cd that has been converted into a single flac. I assume that there is some way to decode into the separate tracks.

    I have the .cue .flac and .log files

    I can’t work it out and have looked on a couple of Mac forums but can’t see any help.

    I’d be grateful for some advice.

  • Pluton September 30, 2008, 3:44 pm

    Thanx for help, I’ve recently switched to mac and I had no idea how to make once obvious convertion.

  • Tim October 1, 2008, 9:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this with everyone. You couldn’t have made it any easier. You’re a gentleman and a scholar.

  • LEWL October 6, 2008, 10:45 am

    THANX MAN, GREATLY EXPLAINED

  • 123ruffy October 7, 2008, 2:57 am

    Beautifully Simple

  • dadako October 9, 2008, 10:55 pm

    thanks for this. iTunes has changed a little bit but the options are still there

  • jose October 12, 2008, 12:28 am

    hey, i just used that program u mention on your tutorial but I went to the LOSSY option, chose my files and folder, chose the bibrate and click encode. and THAT WAS IT!! I was listening to my music on itunes on mp3 format. great sound, small MB size.

  • evenless October 13, 2008, 9:51 am

    It all works well, but everything is so much easier using Max (Macintosh Audio for OS X). And it’s freeware too! Jut give it a try : http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/audio/max.html

  • Daniel November 19, 2008, 8:28 pm

    I’m having some serious issues getting it to appear on my ipod. I think I’m doing everything write…

    I’m using a flac file that is not from that site you provided…

    Maybe the problem is when I first download the flac. Where I first download it, where should I specify it to go?

  • Garzillor December 22, 2008, 5:37 pm

    In Toast
    Put all songs into a Toast “audio” window.
    File > Save As Disc Image… > Save it to desktop.
    Utilities > Mount Disc Image > Chose the image

    In iTunes
    File > Add to Library > chose the the songs on the fake CD image that is mounted .
    Click OK.

    It took about a total of 1 minute, works great.

  • Ross McKillop December 22, 2008, 11:52 pm

    Garzillor –

    Yes, I can see that as being a pretty good method as well. The only problem being that Toast isn’t free, and all of the software used in this tutorial is. I bought Toast for some of the advanced burning options, but I’d guess a lot of folks might not (because the built in and/or free burning software for OS X covers their needs). Either way, neat ‘trick’ :)

  • Dude December 23, 2008, 2:28 pm

    Or you could just use Toast Titanium…Create and Image, Mount that Image, then Import CD into iTunes. The only drag is having to enter the track info manually

  • Z. January 6, 2009, 8:35 am

    Thank you!!

  • hntrnyc January 9, 2009, 9:21 am

    Cheers! Worked like a charm. Easiest solution I’ve seen yet.

  • What Haveyou January 25, 2009, 2:49 pm

    While this will get the music converted, you’ll lose all the metadata. This means you won’t have artist, album, song name, anything. Wave files don’t support this metadata.

    That’s why we need a Mac app that does what Foobar2000 and others do on Windows: convert from FLAC to MP3 while retaining all metadata.

  • Russell Barton January 31, 2009, 8:42 am

    Thank you it converted my FLAC files directly to MP3 Fast & Easy

  • Bullie February 2, 2009, 2:41 am

    Thanks heaps for the instructions! It was so fast and easy. You’re rock!

  • widdershins February 3, 2009, 7:15 pm

    wtf? that was so easy. I’ve been trying to figure that out forever. Thanks for pointing out a great app and writing up some very awesome guidelines.
    just a heads-up: the import settings for the version of iTunes i use were under the General tab.
    thanks again!

  • Cat February 15, 2009, 11:51 pm

    Hey,
    the program stalled and wont close… I turned the computer on and off and yet its still trying to decode… How do I close the application???
    cheers

  • Love from Canada! February 19, 2009, 9:43 am

    Thank you so much!

  • Ryan February 20, 2009, 6:37 am

    In my itunes preferences, I clicked “advanced” and I don’t see a sub menu with “importing”

    What do I do?

  • Jstema February 23, 2009, 8:09 pm

    @Ryan
    I’m pretty sure they’ve updated that so now its on the bottom of the ‘General’ preferences tab. I had the same problem.

  • Siouxsie February 24, 2009, 9:40 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!! :D

  • J. March 1, 2009, 1:18 am

    I accidently followed a link here from a “how to play .ape files” thread to this, and I can’t believe people are still using this method. It’s a very nicely made tutorial, but so out of date. There are plenty of free applications can convert from flac to mp3 in like 1 click. I use X Lossless Decoder but if you google it there are many others.

    Also doing all this with wave files means you loose the metadata as wave doesn’t support it. Which means typing out all the track names all over again.

  • A. March 1, 2009, 1:21 am

    Don’t forget that you can always convert to aplle lossless if you don’t want to loose the lossless-ness of your files :)

  • John Galt March 7, 2009, 6:38 pm

    Amazingly easy.

  • Michael March 22, 2009, 10:40 am

    If only everything on the internet was this well written and helpful. Thank you so much!

  • Daryl April 4, 2009, 8:26 pm

    Thanks a lot!

  • Lloyd April 14, 2009, 12:55 pm

    Amazing. Ive tried and faild to do so for months. if only i found you sooner!!

    Cheers!!

  • brian z April 20, 2009, 3:06 pm

    To whoever wrote this page, you are the Socrates of the schools of the cyberage, and I pay tribute to a sage.

  • Carlos April 21, 2009, 5:33 am

    All you have to do is add the tracks in WAV format or AIFF format to itunes. Then go to preferences, GENERAL-> IMPORT SETTING-> CHOOSE MP3 OR which ever you like. Then go back to the playlist, select all tracks and control click to show get info,rating, reset play count…. ect. Then click on convert or create mp3. This will do it with the tracks you have selected.

  • Bob April 21, 2009, 10:27 am

    I got bad news. There have been some updates to iTunes and since I haven’t converted a flac in a while, I noticed that the Advanced screen in iTune preferences has changed; it no longer has the sub menu for ‘importing.’ So, I can’t continue after this step. Any ideas?

  • Steph April 22, 2009, 8:07 pm

    Thank you for your very thorough and helpful description of how to convert FLAC files to MP3s on Macs! Very very helpful!

  • T May 7, 2009, 5:21 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to go straight from .flac to .mp3 with the LAME encoder using xACT (under “lossy” tab if LAME is installed)?

  • cisco metal May 14, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Thanks !!

  • Parn May 18, 2009, 12:55 pm

    Thank You. Good.

  • jay June 8, 2009, 4:37 pm

    I am trying to convert a DMB show (.flac format), and keep getting this error —

    Can’t get «class view» id 15 of «class tabV» id 5 of window id 1. (-1728)”

    Any thoughts? I am using a mac….

  • Ben June 21, 2009, 10:02 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to go straight from .flac to .mp3 with the LAME encoder using xACT (under “lossy” tab if LAME is installed)?

    Agreed. This option worked fine for me.

  • marxz June 23, 2009, 6:38 am

    looks like this artical needs to updated to include the flac to mp3 (via LAME) button that exists on the newer version.
    drage drop, change your bit rate (encode MP3 at the 128 default? I think not) click the button. done

  • Chris July 6, 2009, 6:56 am

    Thank you so much. I was glad to hear i wan’t in a dirt hole after finding out .flac files were compatible for conversion. This guide/ tutorial was smooth and used graphics we needed to see. Thanks again for the .flac to .mp3 guide! 5 out of 5 stars!

  • P.D. July 10, 2009, 9:28 pm

    These instructions were AWESOME! I’m a very happy reader! Thanks for your time.

  • evan July 15, 2009, 11:30 pm

    thanks!

  • RAC August 4, 2009, 6:30 am

    ur a lifesaver. just got dave matthews’ live performance at Alpine converted to my iTunes today!

  • Joao August 9, 2009, 6:34 pm

    thanks! very helpful!

  • Numi August 13, 2009, 3:58 pm

    Hey guys
    i just find out. that you can decode, transform or convert .Flac Files in to mp3
    Download xACT, install the aplication, run it
    click on the tab LOSSY. select CBR Bitrate onto 128 kbps, drag the file you wanto to convert, and click Encode.
    finaly
    the flac file in to mp3
    Numi From Chile

  • paddydaddy August 13, 2009, 7:54 pm

    …or you could use Audacity, a free app that will convert flac to mp3 with just one click. Audacity rocks!

  • Joe Lamb August 15, 2009, 5:54 am

    But this program does convert to mp3 as well … just click on the “lossy” tab and follow the same directions as above. Although I do agree – Audacity rocks!

  • VampyreSonata September 11, 2009, 7:54 am

    EXCELLENT! thank you so much!

  • Randomz October 3, 2009, 11:51 pm

    you. are. awesome. ive been googling how to turn flac files into itunes files for like half an hour. thankyou :D :D :D

  • Stefan October 15, 2009, 6:03 am

    Thank yooooo

  • Louis-Philippe October 20, 2009, 11:44 am

    Perfect instructions! Thanks a lot!

  • Mats October 23, 2009, 11:16 am

    Thanks! awesome, good suggestion the cup of coffee

  • Jaded October 25, 2009, 4:46 pm

    thank you so much, aside from the fact that the conversion tool was changed =took me awhile to figure that out xP= this tutorial was great. thank sagain

  • Bahar November 13, 2009, 1:47 pm

    thank you!

  • Durden November 14, 2009, 11:52 am

    Perfect! Worked like a charm first time around.

  • Mikhail November 14, 2009, 5:09 pm

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks!

  • Karim Mohsen November 18, 2009, 7:56 am

    THANKS! it WORKED!!!

  • Emilie November 26, 2009, 2:01 am

    thanks a lot! i converted my .flac to .mp3 smoothly :D

  • Paul December 12, 2009, 2:07 pm

    Fantastic easy advice, well happy :)

  • Bryan Gruneberg December 17, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for the help

  • fk January 2, 2010, 11:49 am

    Thanks for the very easy to follow instructions! It works.

  • ricavanessa January 12, 2010, 6:30 pm

    this works! thank you!

  • L January 20, 2010, 12:35 am

    Hello there, thank you so much for posting these steps.
    Why is that only a few of the .wav files get added to my library?
    I can’t seem to find an answer for this, please help.

    Thanks, L

  • Luke January 26, 2010, 8:15 pm

    just sick to the .wav! if you have a big ipod i recommend to anyone to keep their FLAC files in wave

  • Robert B January 29, 2010, 1:26 am

    Tried converting some FLAC files to WAV using xAct and kept getting applescript error “The variable theStatusPanel is not defined. (-2753)” Had bettter luck with All2MP3 program

  • Seedler January 29, 2010, 10:10 am

    Thanks for your help!!

  • Zeus February 1, 2010, 9:28 am

    umm. How do I make the coffee?

  • Andrew February 13, 2010, 5:11 am

    Someone wrote about the “import options” vanishing in an iTunes update. They just moved them. Now instead of under advanced you can find them in the general category in iTunes preferences. Look where it asks you what to do when you insert a CD.

  • Melo March 8, 2010, 6:09 am

    Thank you. Perfect instructions!

  • holyfool March 16, 2010, 5:23 pm

    Great job! m-uch-p3 thanxxx!

  • holyfool March 16, 2010, 5:27 pm

    great job! m-uch-p3 thanx!

    in steps 2 thru 4 or 5 it is a bit different using the mac os snow leo, but it is easy to figure it out.
    µ-

  • Rangdrol March 19, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Thank you very much that works well. I realized (after trashing my files) that its necessary to save the wav files in my regular folder, other wise, Itunes creates the converted mp3 files, and saves it in the iTunes folder, in my Users folder. Unfortunately, that is just the copy version and is not a hard copy…So I just save the converted .wav files, and add those to my external drive back up, so that I have the originals of my files and not just a soft copy. I dont want to save FLAC files, either, cause they take up so much room.

  • Ilanit March 20, 2010, 11:57 pm

    Very helpful, although with the new itunes update some bits are no longer quite accurate. Otherwise quite good though!

  • kevin March 24, 2010, 12:02 pm

    brilliant

  • Wayland May 31, 2010, 10:25 am

    I recently got my first iMAC. I was able to convert flac files to wav using the method described here. Now, every time I try, I get error messages on nearly every track. (Occasionally, one track will convert successfully, but not often.) The error report I get is:
    /Volumes/My Book/Bob Dylan/2010 live/Bob Dylan 3-16-10 Osaka hide taper/bd2010-03-16_01.flac:
    bd2010-03-16_01.flac: ERROR while decoding data
    state = FLAC__STREAM_DECODER_READ_FRAME

    Can someone help me out with this. I never had any problem like this when I had a PC.

    Thanks
    Wayland

  • holyfool May 31, 2010, 2:14 pm

    hey wayland,

    i have a brand new MAC with snow leo. If you notice this xACT program help is a bit different when it comes from the instructions between OS X and SnowLeo. Eventually I figured it out.
    In some occasions I have converted the flac to wav and then to MP3 for iTunes to play and for some reason (after being converted to MP3’s) ITunes could not play them showing that the tracks couldn’t be found and asking: “would you like to search for them?”, weird!!!!. Once again, some how, now it works.
    Have you try do them one at the time?. Have you try to convert other flac music files in your new MAC?.
    I suggest to keep trying and see if it would work, I am puzzled why it is showing that error report in your brand new MAC.
    Please let us know if you get it to work.

    µolyfool

  • jimmy zamora June 2, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Thanks for this info. I’m a new Mac user and it’s weird not knowing how to do everything after being a Winblows poweruser for so long. This guide was much appreciated!

  • Christopher Andrade June 2, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Just a huge thanks for making the effort and the info available, BRAVO!

  • J June 24, 2010, 8:28 pm

    thank you very much! :)

  • Chris June 28, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Thanks dude. Although there wasn’t time for a coffee as I have an 8 core mac pro and the flacs were done in seconds :-)

  • nikidium July 4, 2010, 1:02 am

    i must say this is a great tutorial! thanks for ur help now mate i can listen to m afx collection on my phone

  • James O July 27, 2010, 7:32 pm

    i have a mac, and when i open my itunes, go into preferences and go to advanced, mine looks completley different from the picture, anyone know why?

  • luis August 1, 2010, 12:58 pm

    hello, i’ve been reading this tutorial and it shows to work very good, (i haven’t try it yet). but my question is: i don’t like to have mp3 format on my i-pod, all my music is in AAC format, does the .flac format loose quality when is converted to mp3 and then to AAC? if it does i won’t work for me. Thank you.

  • holyfool August 3, 2010, 11:17 pm

    @ james o,

    mine too, i think it i s because we are using snow leo os, and thiswas shown by using just os.
    you just to look arouns and try couple of things, but it works just as the same. good luck.

  • Lance August 29, 2010, 5:26 am

    One step:
    Use Max
    (http://sbooth.org/Max/)
    Set the prefernces of Max to what you like (I use 320 MP3 for top quality), and where you want the converted files to be saved. Drop Flac files (bunches is fine) into the Max window and click the “Convert” gear icon.

  • tips September 5, 2010, 6:52 am

    Much easier: go to the ‘Lossy’ tab in xACT and encode the .flac files into MP3 with the desired bitrate. No use for iTunes at all!

  • holyfool September 5, 2010, 8:59 pm

    lance,

    much thanxxx for the info. will try , i think the quality will be a lot better.

  • Katrina October 18, 2010, 12:47 am

    Every time I go to decode a .flac into mp3 I get this:

    dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022

    -.- Help

  • ds October 23, 2010, 9:11 am

    Thanks!very helpful

  • Andrea October 23, 2010, 11:43 am

    Thanks so much for this tutorial – it was so easy, even though my iTunes version is a bit newer. I could still figure it out. I am so thankful for people like you!

  • KB November 2, 2010, 11:45 am

    i can’t seem to get this program to work…..here is my error:

    dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022

    any help?

  • jai sanghvi January 1, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Super cool
    THNK KUUU

  • aw7484 January 19, 2011, 2:36 am

    Same again, cheers mate…….I take it that theres no way of keeping the same track info etc …i.e. Not having to edit all the track info when its in itunes…edit multiple info – artist/album name etc…… i dont really care anyway, also long as i can play it in itunes.

  • DFSDF March 14, 2011, 4:16 am

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

  • Joe March 14, 2011, 8:15 am

    I’ve tried decoding with xACT but it came back with errors. Please help

  • healthyemily December 29, 2011, 4:03 am

    Just google search Step-by-step Guide on How to Convert FLAC to MP3 using Windows or Mac

    you will find a simple way to convert flac to mp3, wav, m4a, aac, wma

  • andres January 9, 2012, 6:40 am

    to: tips
    thank you very much, it works without any problems! Much easier and faster way convert files without using several different programs. But – of course – why to do it simply if people have possibility to do it in complicated way :)

  • ssarm10 January 17, 2012, 5:45 am

    thanks !!! slightly out of date, but still managed to get it to work!
    thanks a bunch!!!

  • TheEmpressOfFly January 21, 2012, 1:36 pm

    This was SOOOO very helpful and easy. Especially the Lossy tip, thank-you~

  • Gail February 7, 2012, 10:41 am

    This doesn’t work with my iTunes anymore. After converting the *.flac files to *.wav, I just converted them to AAC in iTunes.

    I wish I knew how to convert them to mp3 too for easier sharing.

  • TIna March 19, 2012, 6:01 am

    Awesome. I really didn’t feel like jumping into a process that is never as easy as it sounds. Well, thanks to your instructions, it was done in a snap!
    It was a simple as riding a bike and chewing gum. Thanks!

  • Dori March 28, 2012, 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much for your help! This worked perfectly, and xACT worked just great. The only discrepancy is that iTunes automatically accepted my .wav files–less work for me! Thanks again.

  • Jihef June 18, 2012, 9:16 pm

    I go on iTune (it’s 10 that I have) and when I go in the Preferecnces and Advanced, the option Import does not exist. How do Ido???

  • trollberg July 13, 2012, 5:41 pm

    worked great!

  • Lindseyhutchinson91 July 28, 2012, 8:18 pm

    VERY helpful! thank you !!

  • Sebastian-marquez August 1, 2012, 7:07 pm

    OMG thank you so much dude!!!!! i’m happy as hell!

  • Dylan86 August 2, 2012, 1:03 am

    Awesome

  • Naty September 18, 2012, 12:37 am

    this is a great tutorial! thanks so much! Really got me through the steps pretty easily!

  • ashley October 27, 2012, 2:24 pm

    super thanks!!!!!!

  • Tom October 28, 2012, 8:41 am

    Thanks a lot

  • tam November 4, 2012, 12:47 am

    awesome instruction! the best. I used this a few years ago and needed it again… so glad it’s still out there, AND updated, bonus! thanks!!

  • Maggie Medina November 28, 2012, 11:03 pm

    thanks so much! :)

  • Britt December 14, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this! Sooo awesome

  • Nando January 1, 2013, 5:31 pm

    This is SO appreciated! Well written and clearly explained. So you see, the internet IS useful at times! Thanks a lot!

  • MikBys January 11, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I’d rather play my FLACs with Fluke in iTunes 10.6.1 (latest supported version currently) than converting them. Disks are cheap. I have 1.5 TB.

  • Olli March 19, 2013, 4:43 am

    It simply works. Even with 10.8.3 :) Thank you for this very useful app.

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