How to convert .flac files to .mp3 using Windows

Update: As of late Summer 2015 this tutorial is once again current. The software used in this step by step guide is still completely free (Open Source) and will have your .FLAC files converted to MP3 in no time at all.

note: the OS X version of this tutorial can be found here.

  1. In order to convert your FLAC (.flac) files to MP3 (.mp3) you’ll to download and install a small, free (Open Source in fact!) “no frills” audio converter. Head over to the fre:ac download page and download the latest version. This app works in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

    Double-click the file to install it, and literally click Next until the last step – then click Finish. The installation is that straight forward.

  2. Now launch it from the newly created Desktop shortcut.
  3. The first time you run fre:ac the “Tip of the day” window will appear. Remove the x from the box labeled Show tips on startup. Then click OK.
  4. When prompted if you’d like for the app to check for updates on startup, click Yes.
  5. Ta-da! The main fre:ac window. Not fancy, no frills – but powerful and fast.

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  7. Click the small “down arrow” next to the Add audio files button (see screenshot below). Then select From folder…
  8. Click the Browse button
  9. Navigate to the folder that contains the .flac files that you want to convert to .mp3. Select that folder, and then click OK
  10. Click OK again.
  11. Now the main fre:ac window will have all of the .flac files loaded.

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  13. Click the “down arrow” next to the Start encoding button, and select LAME MP3 Encoder from the list of options.
  14. Now just sit back and watch fre:ac do its thing. fre:ac makes the best use of your hardware in order to complete the conversion as quickly as possible. You can watch the progress of each file and/or overall progress in the section at the bottom of the main fre:ac window (see screenshot below).

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  16. Once the process has completed, open your Music folder (which is the default “Save” location for all of the files you convert). There they are – ready to load onto your MP3 player of choice.

    If the files didn’t have the track information embedded in them, and you need to name all of the songs and add the album information etc, check out the guide How to Edit MP3/FLAC “Metadata” – which will take you step by step through that process. Otherwise, all done!

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  • brenna

    I’m having trouble with winamp, everthing you say is written perfectly, but when i follow th einstructions winamp doesn’t convert the files to wav, they open into winamp, but its like the program is waiting for something.

  • Brenna,

    Did you click “play” in Winamp after you added the files? Winamp won’t actually “play” the files, but they’ll decode to .wav (pretty quickly). If you only loaded one song, and did click play, check the directory you set (see step 3 at the top) – the file might be there (and you may not have noticed it decode since it happened so quickly). Hope this helps –


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  • Jeff

    Sort of a silly brute-force way of doing it, but helped me out!


  • Anna

    Just wanted to say thanks. Just spent 20 minutes trying to find a free trial with a converter program that would do more than 1 or 2 minutes.

    This was really simple and easy to follow. Thank you.

  • g.

    This was easy to follow & understand. Clear, concise, coherent. Thank you so much for writing this so that I could understand it & not making me feel like a fool at the same time. :)

  • kennydoe

    Thank goodness for you (whoever figured this out and wrote it in such easy-to-follow directions)!

    After trying out several cryptic programs and websites i finally found this one and I’m all set!

    Thanks again

  • Tom

    Yours was the clearest info I found.
    Screen shots were reassuring. Worked well. End result just as I wanted ..a John Cale concert moved from downloaded FLAC format onto portable MP3 player (using 320 bitrate in deference to original quality)

  • Peter

    Thank you so much. I, like others, was searching for a while to find a freeware application that could do this, and here was a simple procedure waiting in the wings. Your instructions were extremely clear and worked like a charm. Thanks again!

  • rfq

    Thank you for the help it was very easy to understand
    and to follow with all the screen shots You deserve a raise.

  • pete

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the time to help out the computer challenged. I found some really great live recordings online, and being able to share those sounds with friends and family is such a treasure!!

  • will

    wow that was absolutely great
    thank you so easy

  • Monique


    Many thanks!

  • Matthew

    Excellent tutorial! Thank you very much!

  • Andy Colla

    Thank you so much. Saved me a lot of time. Greetings from Brazil.

  • Eric

    Thanks for the guide but I have a problem towards the end. I successfully converted the FLAC files to WAV format, but iTunes would not recognize the WAV files when I tried to import them. Does anybody know why that happens and possibly any solutions? Any response would be greatly appreciated!

  • Eric

    Never mind. I found out what I did wrong. Thanks again.

  • Bob

    Thanks So much for the easy and simple instructions….After first Googleing FLAC to Mp3 I thought I was going to have to install yet another converter (GREAT), but thanks to you no way, I already had what I needed. You help was very much appreciated !!!!

  • Arne

    Thanks a lot. Great way to convert. You helped me solve my problem in an easy-to-comprehend way. Wish everybody were this clear when explaning things.

  • Nemo

    Thanks for this, it’s a great and easy way to convert flac files without having to install a bunch of crappy programs that take up unnecessary space.
    Although I used LAME to convert into mp3’s but it’s all the same.

  • Kevin

    thanks! worked perfectly.. good job!

  • Ryan

    Thanks for this, worded really well and easy to follow. Although if you do not want to use itunes to convert the .wav’s to mp3, Exact Audio Copy with Lame mp3 plug in works well to.

  • vanya

    thanks the description is perfect

  • Nik

    Sweet! Thank you!

  • Ximena

    I don’t really know what I’m doing wrong. I installed Winamp and the flac plug-in, but whenever I got to convert it into .wav file, the Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in isn’t there. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong, because I can’t seem to figure it out. I would really appreciate it.

  • Excellent guide :) I also wanted to convert ape to mp3 and worked exactly the same way!

  • Martin

    hey thanks a lot. now i can listen to my MM show with ease.

  • Loic

    Great HowTo :)
    To skip the wav step, you can simply install the “out lame” plugin ( in winamp.

    Start winamp, Ctrl+P (i.e. Preferences), go to the “Plug-ins->Output”, select “Lame MP3 Writer plugin” and click on “Configure”… the configuration is pretty straight forward. I personally like VBR (Variable Bit Rate) min 128, max 192…

    Enjoy :)

  • Loic

    To Ximena, you do not need the “Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in” if you install the “out lame” plugin ( It will save you one step, by writing the songs directly in MP3. Let us know you still have problems…


  • Ximena

    It worked this time, thanks so much!

  • Great incstructions: saved me a lot of time and it is a simple help without downloading any crap.

    Thanks a lot!

  • LEE

    When I press open after selecting flac files in step 5 I get a FLAC PLUG IN ERROR saying there was an error processing metadata(FLAC_FILE_DECODER_SEEKABLE_STREAM_DECODER_ERROR)

  • Bodini

    Oh SNAP!

    Check out comment #28 by Loic. THAT is as good of a tip as this whole tutorial, which is VERY good.

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  • Andrea

    Thank you !) for this tutorial. I was scratching my head trying to figure out how to get the .flac files on my ipod!

  • tue

    i forgot to change the settings in winamp back and accidentaly changed an avi file to wav. can i change the file back?

  • loa

    thanks maaan…

  • PeterE

    Great work on the guide, but I have a different approach that will work with more OS’s (and is – dare I say – simpler?)

    One time setup:
    1. Download and install Audacity.
    2. Run Audacity and go to Edit; Preferences; File Formats
    3. In the MP3 box, click “Find Library” and find the lame-enc.dll file on your computer. (Go to this page for instructions on downloading it if you don’t already have one.)

    To convert file:
    1. Open the .flac file with Audacity.
    2. File; Export as; MP3

  • Ming

    Didn’t work for me…
    Just like comment #1.
    Any suggestions on what “crappy” programs to use?

  • WOW! WOW!

    This works perfectly! Its even easier to do that downloading a crappy trial flac-to-mp3 and having it not work, and then trying other software. I already had itunes, because I have an ipod, then I download the minimum version of winamp, and did it all. It took me about 3 minutes. REALLY, REALLY easy and it does not cost ANYTHING!! Thanks so much for putting this info up

  • gris blod

    thanx alot
    almost too simple :)

  • Colin

    Thanks alot worked a treat and was easy to do. I spent ages looking for a converter as mine didn’t support FLAC files. Glad I found this site and didn’t waste my money on one that did.

    Thanks again

  • Ryan Pratt

    AWESOME, much appreciated!

  • sash

    cheers mate
    the instructions were clear, concise and to the point
    and more importantly, it works
    thanks a lot
    you are a star

  • Excellent! You are amazing, you are a saviour! Was about to resort to downloading one of those damn freewares which would be the worst thing to do for a simple task like that.. You rock!

  • Thom

    When I go to Winamp preferences>output>Nullsoft..>configure>

    I get the message “nothing to configure”

  • Night Dragon

    Thanks for the detailed instructions. Excellent details and pictures.

    I easily completed the task. Great work!

  • cristina

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!! Ive never done that before and it was SO easy!! :D Not daunting at all. Thank you so much, it was very clear.

  • Bartek W

    Superb ! The man who wrote it is genius!

  • Bartek W

    Superb ! The man who wrote it is genius!

  • This is absolutely great.

    The writer not only explains step by step simply how to do it, but it also provides the tools needed.

    Simply superb as many said.

    Cheers from Argentina.

  • Olivier

    Omg, Thanks alot! It worked, I had downloaded these files that no music player could play and now I can listen to them in Mp3 form ^^.
    Three thumbs up.

  • Darksmurf

    Currently the stable build of Audacity won’t import FLAC in Windows, but the 1.3 beta release will. Using the method described by PeterE in comment 38 will now work perfectly. The only drawback is you can’t do batch processing, at least as far as I have been able to figure out.

  • William

    Thanks a lot man. For almost a year now I’ve been wondering as to haw to convert some Bonnaroo 2006 shows into .mp3 format for my player. Now when I go to the fest this year even when people aren’t performing, I can have my own little show for my friends at my car. Thanks again.

  • hi, just to say thanks for making it so clear and useful! just converting some damien rice concert now..

    thanks again

  • Much thanks for the tutorial!
    Clear, well explained, and screenshots are invaluable.

  • weave

    i love this tutorial, however i dont use itunes, but i do use winamp.
    i found that all i had to do was use winamp, and then convert my files to mp3 or mpr with nero, really easy! thanks again

  • Gezmond Baggerbond

    Cheers dude – I wasn’t aware that Winamp was so multipurpose – TOP guide fella.

  • vaibhav

    The instructions were clear and concise.It rocked !

  • john

    Very nicely done. Thank you very much. Documentation was precise and flowed perfectly.

    Well done and thanks.

  • Santamelb

    thanks.. worked well.
    just a quick question, how do i now get winamp back to playing music..?
    it now starts converting everything.. elp!

  • Mungo

    Thank you for a clear, concise method – really appreciate it.


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  • Nic

    Much appreciated!

  • BAzZ

    very cool! so straight forward, worked flawlessly
    Cheers for that


  • Niall

    omg thank you so much that helped me alot. love from aus…


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  • Mike

    I never leave comments at these pages, but I feel obligated here, because this is the most elegant set of instructions I have ever seen. Thanks so much, you saved me so much time.

  • J

    Thank you very much for that! Well written and easy to follow- got all the songs converted in no time.

  • Vicente

    I had a problem with winamp, in the output section, I don’t have the Nullsoft Disk Writer option. I installed the plug-in that you recommende to Ximena, but it only plays the files, it doesn’t convert them. Can somebody please help?

  • Matt

    Thank you very much
    You are very clear and concise, Nice screen shots!
    You cut out all the crap of looking for a “converter” which is now unnecessary.

    I hope that you have written more help files on things i may need in the future! :-)

  • Don King

    Worked very well, clear instructions. It is a great add-in to winamp. Thank you very much.

  • man that was so helpful, very clear! thanks man!

  • mike

    everything worked out except that when i played the newly converted songs, it was really slow…the song kinda sounded like it was in “slow motion,” for lack of better words…any help would be greatly appreciated

  • Thank You!!!
    Worked great!

  • thanks :)

  • Yvonne

    i didn’t understand how to convert from wav. to mp3, so if anyone could give further instructions I would greatly appreciate it

  • Peter Wilson

    BRILLIANT!!!!! Thank you so much. I have been searching for software to enable me to do this, for ages. So easy to follow guide, what more can I say BRILLIANT!!!!!

  • Ahmoa

    will thank you very much, i was searching for converter but your way is so easy, i used jetaduio to convert flac fils to wav format then i used another program to convert to mp3
    your idea was helpful
    thank you again


  • Thank you very much for this great tutorial. :) It ws very helpful! :)

  • Jenna

    Thank you very much for these clear directions! I searched for a converter for FLAC files, and couldn’t find anything useful until I stumbled upon this. Thank you again for writing these for the non-knowin’s of the internet.

  • George

    REALLY good method, thanks a laod.
    I forgot to download winamp patch but it worked after doing so.

    Cheers! ^_^

  • SpaceMonkey

    I have to say this is by far the best and easiest guide to convert Flac to mp3. I would also like to add that if you go into the Itunes preferences and navigate to the advanced tab, then click on Importing, and then select the drop down “setting”. You can change the Bit rate to 320 kbps. Hope this helps all you music junkies out there! :-)

  • Gerr

    It was very easy.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Bill

    Thanks. Simple and helpful. Cheers

  • Dusty

    Hey thanx alot!!!! Much appreciated!!!

  • Kerri

    Thanks a lot, this was super helpful!

  • James

    Thank you SO much! Extremely helpful. Worked perfectly!

  • Jan

    Great tutorial. But I am trying to burn Audiobook files and had 2 problems:

    1. Unfortunately, I have Vista. So everything worked including the conversion, until I went to ‘Check to make sure all of the .wav files were created’ – I can’t see file extensions. Even so, I followed all instructions and burned a CD. But it doesn’t play in my CD player, even though I selected ‘Mastered’ version. Is there something else I do to ensure my burned CD will play on my CD player?

    2. So as an alternative, I tried saving to iTunes. But when I tried to ‘Add Folder to Library’ in iTunes, I can’t see my files anywhere. Is there another way to get them into iTunes? Thanks!

  • steve O

    Just wanted to say thanks for this as Ive been trying to figure out how to do this for ages now.

    The easy step by steps are also a great help…. thanks loads my friend.

    Steve O

  • Leonardo

    Thank you
    .flac sux

  • Tin

    WOW. I just had to leave a comment. I never leave comments but your step by step was amazing.

    It worked! Thanks so much!!

    (And yes, flac SUCKS!)

  • Jacky

    There is a tool from SoftRM can rip flac file to mp3 files,

    Only 3 flac files can be ripped in trial version. The registration fee is $19.95.

  • Ads

    Great help, thanks!

  • Mew

    At # 94 Why would any sane person go to that site and pay for that converter when they can do it free this way?

  • magsie

    i used the suggested winamp plugin and it worked fine. i originally tried converting using itunes only but itunes didn’t recognize the file format. i didn’t know winamp is the solution until i stumbled upon this how to article.

    thanks! =)

  • Ai

    You are a star :) Thanks a lot!!!

  • Robin

    Simple, easy and quick guide explained oh so clearly.
    Many thanks!

  • steelhips

    Many, many thanks – clear concise and it works!

  • kikovilela

    It’s the best tutorial about this in the web!
    Very short, clear and effective!


  • Nyx

    Way togo easiest guide i’ve used in a long time

  • Eric

    Thanks very much for this well put together guide.

  • Cuervo

    Great guide. Thanks for the effort.

  • Aman

    Thanks a ton for putting this online. Was going nuts looking at other websites. Simple and easy to follow directions. Worked flawlessly.

  • Susan

    well I found this easy enough, read everyone’s comments, sounded easy so I downloaded and installed winamp and flac with library support from the links here, but the next step – configuring the nullsoft disk writer – was my first stumbling block – it wasn’t in the list. repeated the steps, same results, please advise…. thx

  • Yman


  • Albert Hartmann

    Excellent! Easy and clear tutorial. Afterwards, I converted from .wav to .mp3 using dBpower AMP Music Converter.

  • Vishal from India

    Dude You R Fuckin Brilliant

  • Nick


  • Awesome help. That was the easiest and most straightforward way of converting flac files to mp3 that I could have hoped for. Excellent. All the other converters that are free only convert 4 or so files at a time unless you purchase them so this was the best advice for flac conversion. GOOD WORK!

  • What a good walkthru…I have been wanting to change an album in flac format to a WAV or mp3 for a while and was expecting to pay a small fortune to do it…this is so simple, free, and effective! Well done…nice one! :D

  • Jmoran

    Thanx man, great instructions and dead easy to follow! Superb!

  • Strikersgun

    Thx alot for the guide it was really useful in converting these songs

  • Ryuji

    Great man!
    A quick and easy way to do it yourself, I don’t think you could’ve explained it better xD
    Thanks for making us all save time, (money, for some ppl =p), and all that stress in searching through crap software ;)

  • Saiphai

    Check out The 4th post down talks about a Transcoder plug-in for Winamp that makes it even easier. Just used it myself and it worked flawlessly. Thanks for your walkthrough though. I used your method and it worked fine for me, this is just faster and easier… no offense ;)

  • sventurata

    Worked like a charm – thanks a bunch!

  • Anyone who is happy using the command-line might like to try my flac2mp3 script.

    Details here:

    It’s free!!! (donations accepted though :) )

  • samir

    Regarding this comment:

    “Check out The 4th post down talks about a Transcoder plug-in for Winamp that makes it even easier. Just used it myself and it worked flawlessly. Thanks for your walkthrough though. I used your method and it worked fine for me, this is just faster and easier… no offense”

    It looks like you need Winamp Pro to do this – not the free version that the author of this page’s technique uses.

    Thanks for sharing! Just downloaded a great Keller Williams set!

  • Eagle

    check out all the positive feedback, heres another, 1 album converted in under 2 minutes, and it saved me having to move files. Sweet thank you

  • Rohit

    Great Help. Thankx a lot

  • Tony

    This is fantastic,it’s so cool to provide help like this,its really excellent,thanks a thousand times for your kindness.

  • Tim

    So when I highlight the .flac files and click open to try to convert them to .wav it just gives me an error report and closes winamp. anybody know whats up with that? I tried uninstalling then reinstalling and it still does the same thing..

  • cashy

    Quick & easy, thanks for the detailed info.

  • Many thanks – nice and easy!


    After clicking Directory, I needed to find the Flac file folder, unfortunately I was unable to find it, as I looked in the wrong place, and I decided to save into what I thought to be an empty folder titled New Folder, it turned out to hold a regular music file. Now Winamp won’t play any files! Clearly my error was to click on the wrong folder! I would surly appreciate your advice.

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  • Sunnyday

    OMG you rock. Can you explain love?

  • ziovania

    Great, thanx :))

  • David

    This tutorial is awesome, thanks so much!

  • Carra

    Thank you! AWESOME!! Very, very helpful and this way I can still keep the high quality .mp3. Cheers

  • DH613

    Thank you so much. It really helped a lot.

  • what-handel?

    Thank you..This tutorial is awesome…. this is the best advice for flac conversion can you say SIMPLE…CHEERS

  • Jason

    Works great! Just a word of warning, however: Make sure your play settings aren’t set to ‘Repeat’ or it will try to encode the same files over and over again!

    Trust me on that one…

  • Crystal

    dude..your awesome :) thanks!

  • Mike

    I did all the steps and Winamp starts ddecoding the files then I get a pop up after a few songs already went through saying, Flac-File plug-in error, then error stopping decoding thread and when I check where I put the wav. files their not there.

  • Mike,

    Do the flac files play ok when you try to just listen to them? (I ask because that’s the same error that you get with an incomplete/corrupt flac)

  • Jason

    Why not use the actual Flac tools for windows (Flac frontend) to convert to wav, then use dbpoweramp to convert to mp3. Everything is free.

  • Kris

    Just had to say thank you. I’ve had a billion flac files on my computer for months now that I couldn’t listen to because I had no idea how to convert them!!!! This site is a life saver and soooo easy to follow!!

  • David

    wonderful. very easy. and it worked.


  • Ajufan

    Hey that works! WOW! so simple! LOL

  • Michael Una

    Tanks. Muchly.

  • Thanks.

    Great tip i need to convert an with this page result be very simple.

    Thanks again.

    BEst regards from Mexico.

  • Cameron

    Thanks so much! This was easy to follow and worked great.

  • Jobbehhh


  • Adam

    I’ve follwed your instructions to the T and found the same instructions elsewhere but everytime I try to convert this way winamp encounters an error and has to shut down. Any ideas???

  • Adam

    I’ve followed you instructions and found the same on other sites but every time I try this Winamp encounters an unknown error and shuts down. Any ideas???

  • Mikko

    Thanks! :) This was very useful

  • Tiffany

    OMG you rock. Thank you SO much.

  • Demache

    It works great but now I can’t play the music normally anymore. Does anyone know a solution?

  • David

    This is a really super duper helpful info
    Thanks a million!

  • Ana

    Thanks a huge lot!!!!! You made it sooooo simple compared to the rest that was offering downloading extra programs for doing it. It went smoothly from .flac to .wav with Winamp and from there on, Nero did the rest.

  • Shireen

    Thank you.

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  • Dhananjay

    Explained beautifully! Thank you very much.

  • John

    Wow, Awesome program and instructions I followed everything exactly as you stated and I added a few minor comments to my printed sheet in order to allow anyone who works with my system to figure out the specific paths next time…now if you can just figure out a way to get this in our hands when we first start looking (1 yr since the awesome Pearl Jam Gorge WA show that I downloaded in .flac instaed of the mp3 version since it “looked” better)you will be on your way to retirement sooner!

  • Mr.Ed

    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks

  • Dan

    Bah, not good enough for me to be honest… though thanks anyway. dbPowerAMP is a better solution for me since I’m always trying to convert some kind of format rather than downloading WinAMP and iTunes which I never ever use.

  • rich

    everything worked out for me except now that I have converted the flac files to mp3, I have them all in my itunes playlist, I cant burn them to an audio cd. I followed the instructions here, clicked on burning clicked audio cd then hit okay and it didnt do anything. Any help is appreciated…

  • Frances

    WOW – you are the BEST. I love the way this is explained. You ROCK!!!

  • rich

    thanks ross, I figured it out, I had to take the files from my library and create an actual playlist on itunes, and then it lets me burn the actual disc. Im all good! thanks for this site, I followed the directions to a T and it couldnt have been any easier…especially for someone as computer challenged as myself! thanks again!

  • Ross

    Thanx, that was really easy.

  • bc

    Ya this was awesome came up on google search right away and i was converting my flac files that i had never seen before to wav so i can play them in the car THANKS!!!!!!!!

  • ian

    The testimonials say it all……

    solving peoples headaches for over a year with a simply perfect solution.

    Many thanks, Ross

    Best regards


  • Thanx for your support!!!

    It was great your help!

  • Chont

    Oh God. 100 testimonials and I can’t seem to get it working!! I already feel stupid, but have no idea what I’m doing wrong. I went to Preferences, chose to configure the Lame mp3 writer plugin, I choose the folder where I want the files to go, I load the flac files onto winamp, hit the play button and…nothing….It skips through the tracks (plays nothing) and there are no mp3 files in my chosen folder…..HELP pleeease…

  • tessa

    Thanks for this site dude! Really helped especially since i am so comuputer illiterate.

  • Geo

    Thank you very much. It worked great.

  • Thanks amillion! Lame didn’t work (winamp just stoped working) but the nullsoft disk writer works just fine. Glad I eventually found this guide I was lost without it! -G

  • Meltlet

    Hmm for some reason, when i get to step 6 of decoding (I don’t even get time to press play, I just click on open) winamp stops working and vista finds the need to shut it down >_> Any ideas?

  • Meltlet

    Ok I tried reinstalling winamp and the plugin…but it still won’t work. Perhaps the files are corrupt?

  • jr72

    It’s been said before, but we all like a “thank you” when it’s due!

    I also tried looking for a freebie converter and couldn’t find anything anywhere near as easy as this method. Clear, concise insrtuctions. Thank you so much for saving me so much time! :)

  • kenmore185

    Ross, I know it’s been said many times but many thx for the instructs… worked like a champ!

  • Haley

    Thanks so much for this! I was trying to get a Muse concert I received changed into mp3s and this helped loads!

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  • Josip

    Thank you for help!

  • unugunu

    thank you for this. :) wonderful guide!

  • Bigal

    what if we dont have itunes. i just want them to get on Windows Media Player so i can burn them to a CD.

  • Subrosa

    I can’t thank you enough. I did as you instructed and after the songs were converted I found it neccessary to create a new folder to place all the songs of the album. Then I was able to import into ITunes. The folder transfer would not work for me. Practice will make perfect. Thx again. Jon

  • Subrosa

    To Bigal once the tunes are reformatted you don’t need ITunes just open the songs using Windows Media. Then if all ok just add to Windows Media library and burn away. subrosa

  • oliver

    thx alot… brilliant

  • Dude you are too good.. this thing worked great .. thanks again

  • Am

    thanks dude that helped me so much just about to play new 50 album… it was heavy nearly 600mb in wmv but now in mp3 ~320 vbr should be less.

  • an good way to get wav files to mp3 also rip cds to mp3 is a program called audiograbber its a freeware

  • Jocelyn

    this is awesome, thanks so much! i’ve been looking for a solution like this for ages!

  • Meg

    I use FreeRIP which can convert from/to FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA and Wav. And it also is a CD ripper.
    It is very easy to use and has a Basic version which is free.

  • todd

    just did it. worked perfect thanks for the info very detailed and helpful

  • eric

    Thank you SO MUCH for this discover man..
    two thumbs up.
    this was EXTREMELY helpful.

  • Henry

    You can convert directly to mp3 in winamp with the lame encoder plugin.

  • David

    This info is a life saver! Many thanks

  • Sean

    cheers buddy

  • Jim

    I had installed and used this with an older version of Winamp which mistakenly was uninstalled. I downloaded the current version 5.5 and after following all of your instructions again, the Writer is not an option in output.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank You for your time,

  • @Jim:

    I’d try uninstalling Winamp again, then make sure the C:\Program Files\Winamp\ folder is totally gone, then re-install it. Hope this helps..

  • Chris

    Ross, thanks for the perfect instructions. Worked flawlessly.


  • stephen mccutcheon

    You can also use audacity to directly convert flac to mp3 but it can take time. Just each flac file and then export it as an mp3. You’ll need the lame.dll encoder file off the internet first to decode to mp3. Just download the .dll file, extract and ‘find’ through audicity options.

  • Maria X

    This was awesome. Worked fast and easy. Thanks

  • Paul

    What a legend! Thank you very much for this; I’ve spent hours going through search engine lists for information and freeware to convert these files.
    Again, thanks for the info – the step by step is spot on and the entire process has taken me less than 20 minutes, including downloading and installing the needed applications!

  • Melissa

    thanks. your advice was very clear. and i got to convert my files. thank you so much!!!

  • Chris Hutchinson

    wow that’s neat, i didn’t know you could do that with winamp. thank you

  • Arun

    Hey Ross,
    Amazingly lucid instructions and very neatly ordered.Thanks a lot for the time you took and introducing us to this conversion technique which is commonly available yet unknown to many.
    I suggest you have a troubleshooting space of your own on the web.If you do already,kindly paste the link here.

  • Alicia

    Absolutely flawless, incredibly easy conversion. I’d expected it to be so much more difficult, but little did I know, I already had all the tools I needed. Thanks so much, Ross, and now I shall no longer fear FLAC torrents.

  • dis website is tite

  • Saurabh

    Thanks a ton buddy

  • crowsus

    ive never even heard of flac files but your wee guide sorted it for me anyway mate! nice one!

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  • JJ

    your rock… great job I would have never done it without you.

  • Ryan S

    thanks a bunch, this was a simple and easy guide.

  • saleh maraheel

    EXTREMELY HELPFUL, thanks alot for all the help, this made everything so much easier. Appreciate the help.

    Peace love and chicken grease

  • CallMeBlu

    Just what I was looking for. Thanks

  • kboyd

    far too easy to believe
    i’m able to burn audio cd’s after conversion
    i shall never be fearfull of downloading FLAC files ever
    just like the man and the fish story
    thx ross

  • hookdawg

    FLAC files…no bother now!! Thanx for the tutorial. First class without crappy programmes bein installed!!

  • nanobot

    Thank you so much. I can finally listen to the flac files I downloaded on my ipod. :) The instructions were so clear and simple. Cheers.

  • Jeannie

    I am having the same problem… Whatg did you do??? My converted WAV files are not showing up in iTunes even though it shows that it is “Getting ” them… thanks.


    Easy and well explained, thanks a bunch

  • bluespiral

    Thank you, thank you. Wish everyone could explain stuff this clearly.
    Worked great, except for some reason Winamp changed the track numbers at the beginning of my file names. E.g. 01_Track1name.flac was converted to 02_Track1name.wav . Last track always got 01_LastTrackname.wav . Happened for 3 albums. Not a big deal, I just renamed the wav files before importing them to iTunes.

  • bee

    amazing instructions. thank you so much!

  • Susie

    Thank you so much, you made something that I have been trying to figure out an easy way to do VERY easy!! I am bowing at your awesomeness!!

  • Pedro Neto

    Thank you very much!!!
    It worked perfectly and fast!

  • Jules

    Cripes you got a lot of props for this little garden path matie!

    Well done, it’s a nice little trick.

    Arrggghhhh me heartie.

  • Thank you very much for the info. This was the first time I had ever heard about .flac files!? Apparently I was not alone my Windows XP Pro was too.. ;-)
    So I googled it and got here. The instructions you give are fool proof a very novice person can also follow and get resultsGerat Job!

  • vernon

    thanks a lot for the info.more power

  • Ed

    Great job. Really helped me out. Thanks a lot man

  • mihir

    thanks guys!! big help

  • Sean

    Thanks pal, worked perfect.

  • Matt P

    Perfect instructions. Worked beautifully!

  • Jeff

    Absolutely love you. Now I can listen to my Last Exile CD…On the go =D.


  • Brian Dooley

    Thankyou very much for all the time spent on this information. Really helped a lot.

    B Dooley

  • Kathleen

    Thank you! This was very helpful.

  • Simon

    Thank you so much for a straightforward and easy to follow guide. It worked perfectly for me first time. :)

  • †

    thanks huever wrote this…
    my flac woes are cured and i can get drunk and crump to my new cd xD

  • freak

    the sound quallity of the converted files is not as good as the flac files…did i do something wrong??

  • thnx for that leSSon tHat iVe LeaRneD

  • Meh, skip all the nonesense, download cdex, configure the directory you want the mp3 to go to and just drag and drop the flacs to the cdex window. best of all, cdex is opensource (free)

  • Thank you very much.
    Easy but great!

  • Shags

    Thanks mate! Much appreciated.

  • Daniel

    Tnx for the info! Finally someone who knows how to explain this in a good way!

  • Karl


    Ok, it seems that there are instructions on how to convert FLAC files to MP3, but can I please explain how to convert MP3 files to FLAC so that I can compress my audio library.

    P.S.this would be from my iTunes library and of course, am on a mac. :-P


  • Bill

    Mp3s are a lossy format in that they are compressed from wavs and once they are compressed you can never get back what is lost in the compression process. and flac is a lossless format so you would not want to convert mp3s to flacs. It would be a waste of space. In other words Mp3s are already compressed. If you did convert the mp3s to wav and compress with flac the files would be much larger than mp3. So it would not make sense to convert from mp3 to flac. But if you want to further compress mp3s you could use winrar or some similar compression software.

  • Mike Constantine

    Excellent – well written and easy to understand

  • Mute

    Thank you SO much. I couldn’t get songs up on myspace without this. REALLY good instructions.

  • jai

    can use CDex instead of itunes. other than that great needed this.

  • Peter

    It works. Great instructions. Enough said !

  • Robbie

    Thanks very much for the instructions. I did use RealPlayer plus however to do the final mp3 conversion but otherwise your instructions were spot on. Thanks again!

  • chris

    You do know you can just DL vlc player and that plays .flac files no problem

  • B Reed

    Thank you! Perfect conversion to .wav without a hitch.

    Wish all files converted that fast.

  • Cass

    Thank you! Really helpful!

  • Kid Forbin

    Traders Little helper will do that by itself and a whole lot more taboot. Best prog ever.

    Boy. Man. God. Shhhhhh…

  • Kid Forbin

    T R A D E R ‘ S L I T T L E H E L P E R


    Traders of lossless compressed audio files (e.g. ape, flac, mkw, or shn files) have to handle a lot of different applications to decode, encode, create/verify checksums, fix sector boundary errors, or create torrent files. Moreover most of the tools used are command-line programs requiring a deeper knowledge of how to use various parameters. Trader’s Little Helper bundles the most important features of those applications in one single easy-to-use frontend.


    – Encoding of wav files to ape, flac, shn, and mp3 format
    – Re-encoding of flac files
    – Decoding of ape, flac, mkw, shn, and mp3 files to wav format
    – Direct conversion of ape, flac, mkw, and shn files to flac or mp3 format
    – Test of audio files encoded in ape, flac, shn, and mkw format
    – Verification of cfp, ffp, md5, sfv, and st5 checksum files
    – Creation of cfp, ffp, md5, sfv, and st5 checksum files
    – Display of audio file properties (ape, flac, shn, mkw, and wav files)
    – Fixing of sector boundary errors that come with ape, flac, shn, mkw, wav, and mp3 files
    – Creation of skt files for non-seekable shn files
    – Test of wav files for mp3 source
    – Creation of torrent files
    – Display of the information encoded in torrent files
    – Hashing of torrent files against local filesets or files
    – Drag & Drop functionality for all supported file types
    – Integration into Windows Explorer
    – Check for update function

    System requirements:

    Windows 98/NT/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista


    FREEware for non-commercial use


    Robert Hoffmann

  • Tom

    Thanks a lot. Easy and clear.

  • Josh

    Thanks a lot for this!…I definitely used this method to make the conversion…until i found this…

    multiple inputs, multiple outputs…i never need another roundabout method again…and its free!

  • Yeah, it work flawlessly. Takes a few the first time, but should take no more than 10 minutes to convert and have the files on your Ipod. Took me a while cause it was my first time and I sat there and redid all of the ID tags so it’s easier to find in my library.

  • MP3Wizard_Not

    Your instructions are flawless. Worked perfectly the first time. Have a Happy New Year.

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  • This is well written and easy to follow.
    It saved me the time of having to look for a program and figuring it out.

    Thanks for your help.
    I will recommend this website to anyone with the same issue.

  • zero-kill

    Very good guide, I have Winamp Pro, so I totally skipped using the iCrap product, however I found that Trader’s Little Helper made the process that much more faster. Thanks @ Kid Forbin and you too Mr. Simple Help.

  • William

    That is the best tip I’ve read yet. Downloaded the plug, perfect! Simply add the files i want to convert to the playlist, turn off random/repeat and wala. Instant conversion and it filled out the ID3 tags for me.

  • Maribel

    Thanks so much. This saved me a lot of time and effort.

  • hooky

    wow your instructions a simply crystal clear im all done in 10mins!!

    thanks very much man

  • nir

    that was really helpful, clear and parsimonious. thanks a lot!

  • me

    download xilisoft audio converter, by whatever means…
    not a trial…

  • Tim

    If you have Vista, be sure to set your output directory to something besides c:\

    It’s a security thing, you need to be elevated to write to that directory. Just set it to c:\temp or something.

  • Jeff

    Perfect! Thanks very much!!

  • Roger


    Does winamp add the .flac Id tags to the .wav file when you convert from .flac to .wav? Normally .wav files don’t have ID tags, so how does iTunes get the tags from the .wav file when it converts to .mp3?


  • Dawn

    You are a LIFESAVER. I am so grateful that you posted and that your instructions were so easy to follow, succinct, and yet at the same time not issued in a way as to make me feel like the world’s biggest idiot.

  • Phil


  • Magnobia

    OMG OMG Wat else can I say. U my good sir are a life saver. stupid flac y oh y cant they jus go with a normal format

  • pelipar

    nothing new to say; just thanks! worked a treat!

  • Random Person

    Ok i have a Fla. file. but its video not music. do i make it into a video file ._.; tell me at:

  • albert_2mb

    thank you for the nice tip!

    also, a helpful suggestion from me, please TURN OFF the repeat function in order to avoid Winamp doing needless infinite loop. Hope that helps :)

  • Dennis

    Good work by whoever put this page together. Thanks.

  • Finnegan

    Thanks good tip, even the pictures ye added, fair play mate

  • jo

    Hi guys,

    HELP…followed all instructions with no problems, except can’t seem to find them in itunes, where are they???

  • Mike


  • Don

    That was great so easy…

  • Douche


    That was really great, easy to follow and everything.

  • Eddie

    I tried this once, and it worked perfectly! However, each time I’ve tried it since, as soon as I try to ‘Play File’ in Winamp, it gives an error message and says Winamp has to close(it’ll convert the first track, but that’s it). I have tried restarting the computer and so forth, but it still does it. Any troubleshooting ideas?

  • bigfish

    This is a great help. Thank you very much.

  • Peter

    This works Fine THANKS

  • V.Son

    I appreciate this very much. To think I’ve had Winamp all this time and never knew about this!

  • Kurt

    I just wanted to thank you for your extremely clear instructions. I buzzed right through the whole process without a hitch, and now have a lot of great new music that I can finally play on my MP3 player!

  • justin

    Wow thanks for the help! Worked perfect!

  • andrew

    Great description! Worked perfectly! Thanks a bunch!

  • Martin

    In the current version of winamp (Feb. 2008), once you have selected the files to convert, you can also choose the format you want to convert to (on the right), select Mpeg-Layer 3, and it does it all for you. No need to convert again in iTunes! just follow other steps to add to Folder once in iTunes.

  • Olynzen

    Thank you – simple to follow, perfect instructions!

  • Sam

    thank you soooo much I was about to give up. You rock!!

  • Paul

    You’re the best!! ^^ Thanks for the help

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  • Simon

    Worked like a dream dude, as the rest said!

  • lisa

    thank u sooooooooo much now i can listen to one of my favourate bands XD

  • Ben

    Your a legend mate cheers

  • Salman (from india)

    thanks a ton !, ‘t wrked perfect….

  • Stuart Sadler

    Quality tool. Brilliantly written instructions. I hope this is your permanent job – it should be!

  • Francis

    Great job !! Thx a million.

  • adam

    best ‘how to do’ i have ever read. perfectly written, completely awesome! thanks!

  • leanne

    this was amazing: clear, concise, and easy to follow. it really helped after a long long time of searching for a free converter and downloading a lot of useless programs… who knew it was actually so simple? :)

    thank you so much!

  • Sean

    Thanks a lot for the guide, much appreciated

  • reese

    Gosh this worked awesomely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :”D

  • J

    Im having trouble finding the SHN files after they have downloaded. In Winamp when I click File->Play and go to the folder where the SHN files have been downloaded to, the files do not show up.

  • Matt

    thanks, worked great for me

  • sarah

    thanks for posting this because it was so easy to follow and will save me so much hassle converting files from now on. thanks.

  • Henry

    Awesome write up. Thanks a million.

    Songs sound incredible.

  • nice article, very nice. keep good work, very cookl hope to see it again

  • jacm

    thank you very much..
    it helps….

  • kyle

    thanks i would have downloaded some dumb program to just be able to do this

  • Pez

    Thank you so much,

    Great tutorial, quick and helpful.

  • JimBob

    Worked perfectly thanks a ton

  • john

    great help, thank you!

  • jo

    wow thanks for the blog post maaan!!

    really helped with converting crazy FLACs and M4As to WAV

    so thanks very much!!!

  • IT Rtard

    Many thanks. Crystal clear instructions that I found simple to follow- which work!

    I adore webpages like this.

  • Goce

    Get the newest version of winamp, it will work for sure

  • Louis Reeves

    Right On Target. Man thanks for taking the time. I was sweating how to convert these “Flac”in files :)

  • Paul Knox

    I have never posted one of these responses, but I do have to say this was the clearest most helpful, free way of accomplishing this seemingly annoying task. This actually gives me a great deal of faith in humanity. I have mad a terrible past few days with money-grubbing people and this is a refreshingly kind thing someone has done. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • Dubs

    Thanks, you’re a legend. Can now get the full Rachmaninov experience on my ipod.

  • JaGo


    I’m really grateful for your instructions. However, I noticed that after step 2, once the ‘Nullsoft … Configuration’ window comes up, it’s possible to choose to convert directly into MP3 format. This saves the trouble of going via the WAV format. To do so:

    After Step 3 of your instructions:
    3a. on the right, tick the ‘Convert to format’ box.
    3b. hit the big button just below that and choose ‘Format:’ and then choose the desired bit rate in ‘Attributes’.
    3c. Hit ‘OK’ in both windows and resume at step 4.

    Note: I had to have several goes at this, because WinAmp stubbornly reverted back to its original PCM format. But I got there in the end and so can you!

    There is then no need to perform the section “Encoding .wav files with iTunes” apart from adding the music to your media player of choice.

    Also, I did not have to get the ‘Flac with library support plug-in’ – having installed WinAmp, I just followe the (modified) instructions and everything worked fine.

    Hope this helps!!!

  • @JaGo:

    Interesting – which version of WinAMP are you using? This tutorial references an older one, it sounds like they’ve added some more ‘built-in’ stuff. Thanks for the heads up!


  • Victoria

    Worked perfectly! The directions were right on and every step worked great. Thanks so much.

  • Lady

    this tutorial is awesome! thank you for posting this… i can now listen to les miserables TAC in my iPod… :)

    i was on the brink of downloading one of “those” freeware… :)

    thanks again! :)

  • Racketguy25

    You ROCK! Zeppelin Reunion and Clapton w/Winwood @ MSG here I come!

  • Gaz

    cheers mate. worked a treat and your efforts much appreciated.

  • SAH

    Agree. Very easy to follow guide that debunks the world of FLAC for the uninitiated. Many thanks for the enlightenment!

  • Dragut

    hey there,

    i downloaded some music and there are two huge flac files, about 80 minutes and more than 500 mbs each. Can I seperate these files into songs? If yes, how?

    thanks in advance

    p.s. i’m gonna burn in hell

  • John

    kudos to john. worked perfectly.

  • JohnDoe

    wow! tnx. this was a great help!!
    this was pretty darn easy ^_^

  • I didn’t press ”Play in WinAmp”, I pressed ”Enque-something in WinAmp”, and it worked perfect!

  • david

    Thanks very much for this – didn’t know that winamp would do this – I used dbpoweramp to convert from wav to mp3 as I dislike itunes


  • Bang Nhan

    Hi I recently downloaded a musics album in .flac and I already converted it into MP# successfully. Only one trouble is the guy who upload the album online put all the tracks together into one big file. So do anyone here know who to split that big file into individual track? Thanks

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  • Kate

    Thank you!

    This was clear and concise and exactly what I was looking for.

    Much appreciation.

  • Halfdan

    I was trying to find a free program which would do this, couldnt find any though. Then you came and saved my day!
    Thanks to VERY VERY MUCH!!;D:D
    Halfdan – Know my name is weird;P Norwegians….

  • Hkurt

    thank you so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Glenn

    Thanks for the help!

  • jimbo

    hey thanks all free programs and siple clear web / screenshots

  • kg

    Thank you for your help. Perfect instructions.

  • Tracy

    Hi and thanks for this fool proof guide. I’ve been playing with mp3’s since the days of taking a night to encode a whole cd in dos using l3enc.exe. I’ve only recently come across FLAC files. BTW I use Music Match to convert wav’s to mp3’s @ 320kbps CBR. I’ve used many programs over the years and find it simple, even more so if you want to use them on a small capacity mp3 player, because it will convert mp3’s down to an average 112kbps VBR without much noticible loose of quality.

  • It worked great for me. Thanks! I can help people if they need it ^^

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  • Sojourner

    Thank you.

  • TBC

    I’m having troubles.
    I follow all the procedures you said, but when i put the files in winanmp it pops an error saying: “Error while processing metadata FLAC_FILE_DECODER_SEEKABLE_STREAM DECODER_ERROR).
    I really would apreciate if u help me out here, i have lots of files in flac wich i want to convert to mp3.
    Please help!!! :)

  • Erik

    Thank you!

    very helpfull

  • yellahfellah

    Hi Ross! Thanks for the info on converting flac files to mp3. I did have a problem with converting to wav because all the song/album info got lost. Fortunately, I found a fix in some of the comments above on using LAME mp3 out. The procedure is much simpler and faster since the flac files are converted directly by LAME in Winamp. One-step only instead of the two-step procedure you outlined above. Plus, all the song/album info is still there! I guess you have to come out with an updated procedure for converting flac to mp3…

  • Hi

    Thanks for this….was bamboozled when these flac files suddenly appeared in my downloads.

    Great help

    Thanks again

  • Tim

    Wow! really helpful and easily explained! Thanks a lot!

  • Jason

    Halleluia! Merci, merci, merci! Greatly appreciated, scary easy to follow, efficient and… dear god, it works! Long life to you!

  • GrandMarxMaster

    Thanks for a great tut on how to do this…I got bad info that iTunes readily accepted .flac files. Been itchin’ to play a CD I got that’s encrypted in .flac (so the CD proudly states).
    Thanks again!

  • Very helpful and much better than shelling out money to get some silly converter program
    Thank you very much for posting this

  • Bob Bytchen

    Good info, was quick, worked well. Nice clear instructions. Well done!

  • Jos

    Figured out to how to get it right?

    What I do is convert track-2 to track-last (so that track-2 to track-last-minus-1 all get the rigkt track numbers) and then convert track-1 individually at the end and rename only track-1 and tract-last. Saves time.
    Or do you have a way to changes names of multiple files at teh same time? I never found that in Windows…

  • Jos

    My remark on numbers was for “bluespiral on Nov 10, 2007”!

  • Billy

    I found a file with FLAC files of an album I had thought I would never find again… this was easy and worked great!!!! Now I’m listening to songs I hadn’t heard in 30 years! Thank you!!!!

  • F****ing amazing , cheers :D

  • mick1303

    Didn’t try yet, but what is puzzling – nobody brings the question of multi-tracks in one flac album. Does this method account for this? Will the result be a single mp3 file or can it be splitted to tracks according to .cue automatically?

  • Seab

    Most helpful bit of info I’ve read all day.

  • Lorène

    Thank you so much! I can now listen to my Radiohead’s concert on my ipode!

  • dr. doom

    thank you ! worked perfectly and i use vista! go figure!

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  • dude with computardation

    thanks so much man. just started on torrents and i accidentally got flac files, this helped so much.

  • Andrew

    Perfect! You’re a star, thanks!

  • salamat kaau ani ^_^

  • bb

    worked PERFECTLY first time….

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  • daycare2112

    Why do you not want to convert to .aac?

  • Fred

    My hat goes off to you! Thanks for the valued, precise and coherent input. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou.

  • ben

    I am having a problem getting itunes to recognize the .wav files. I am probably just doing something wrong, but does anyone have any ideas?

  • leeloo

    Your instructions were easy to follow and didn’t make me feel like a moron.

    Thank you!

  • mike

    thank you so much I have no idea how you figured that all out but it worked! I thought i was good with this kind of stuff but I hit a wall on this one thank you so much!

  • Ade

    i cannot get past step 2 all i get is “direct sound output settings” nothing else works what am i doing wrong ?

  • Anthony

    Easy to follow instructions! I’m so thankfull to have found this site! I’d have been lost without your help! Thanks so much!

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  • Paddy O

    A great walk through!!! Concise and clear….thanks!

  • P-Funk

    Thank YOU THANK YOU!!!

    Now I have my Jerry and Ani with Dave and Bono!!!!

  • Will

    Nullsoft Disk Writer v2.14 &Vista

    I was required to:
    In the Configuration screen CHECK OFF the “Output to directory Containing Source files”

    Then i followed the steps as presented and successfully converted the .flac files to .wav

    Thanks for your help


  • Will

    My mistake – i was to quick to ‘correct’ Originally, I did not check the correct ‘output’ folder – The instructions as originally presented worked perfectly.



  • vurt

    Thanks dude; helped me out.

  • zouc

    I’m having troubles.
    I follow all the procedures you said, but when i put the files in winanmp it pops an error saying: “Error while processing metadata FLAC_FILE_DECODER_SEEKABLE_STREAM DECODER_ERROR).
    I really would apreciate if u help me out here, i have lots of files in flac wich i want to convert to mp3.

  • Thank you. I have used this dozens of times. FLAC is a dead format in my opinion as it has no advantages over WAV. Yet everyone seems to use it. There’s barely even an advantage over 128kbps AAC (.m4a). But anyway this is by far the easiest way to convert them, so thanks again.

  • Shirl

    Thanks so very much that was too simple! So long not using flac because I could not find an easy convert & then you come along. “I am not worthy.”
    BTW – if you have a lot of files to do at once in different folders (like I did), I do it folder by folder & just CNTL-A, right click & select PLAY in WINAMP – that’s in WINXP Media Player 11

  • awgie

    thanks! very concise…great job!

  • Harpic

    Thanks much. It was explain very good and when I did it it work perfectly.

  • snortingmercury

    Dude, you’re the frieken man!!! Thanks so much for this. Ross for President!!

  • bigted

    Brilliant instructions. Easy to follow easy to read. Thanks from Canada

  • Mo Baz

    thx 4 the help, it’s easy guys but just download the required pulg-in
    ;D thx anyway

  • Opus

    Thanks for that, use Lame to encode the .wav files rather than iTunes & it worked perfectly.

  • Sugarfoot

    Awesome walkthrough, thanks so much! Had a bunch of files I was dying to put on my iPod and now I can!!

  • N.Chandan

    Dude U rock……..U made a task a piece of cake….Thanks man

  • The Rogue Cellist

    Thanks a ton, your guide was quite simple to follow and worked like a charm. I now have the vinyl version of the White Stripes album Icky Thump on my iPod (the vinyl version, of course, is of superior quality). Impeccable work.

  • Jessica

    Wow, thanks for the instructions! They were very easy to understand and now I can remember this for the future. Thanks again. ^_^

  • tlh

    I’d been using this tutorial successfully until recently when I realized it could be done more simply. Maybe this is a recent addition with iTunes updates, but when I have .flac files I just add them by going to iTunes, clicking “file” and “add folder”, and selecting the folder with .flac files. Then I go into “recently added music” and highlight all the .flac files, right click and select “convert to mp3.” Cake.

  • EXI

    Thank you :)

  • LuciferLight

    thanks so much for the tut! i just downloaded some classical music written in Flac and I had no idea how to play it, until i read this. Thanks again! Cheerios!

  • CM85

    Excellent post, very very clearly written. Ross McKillop = Legend.

  • chris

    spot on bro!

  • Pen

    I am having the file decode problem…….can anyone help???

  • Raul

    Thanks a bunch for this tutorial! It was super clear and easy to follow and didn’t require me downloading any additional programs!! Now any Flac files I DL can easily be put onto my iPod, thanks again for the help!!!

  • Omarski

    Thanks, it worked 4 me!!!

  • bramble

    it’s like… magic LOL ;)

  • Marie

    Excellent tutorial. Thanks a bunch! <3

  • Mark

    Very helpful. Thank you.

  • xerxes


  • edd

    very easy method but i met the same problem as brenna. after loading the flac files in the winamp playlist and clicking the play button nothing happened-i mean that there was no wav file appearing in the folder where it should be created. it seems that winamp did something because after clicking play it went trough all the flac files that were in the playlist. and about step 3; there are a lot of options/settings in that window. all we have to do is to clik the directory button? many thanks.

  • Peter

    Thanks so much for the simple instructions. Worked a treat!

  • kate

    Thank you so much, this was exactly what I wanted.


    One of the best and easiest sites i have ever come across. Thanks

  • Adam

    This was very helpful and easy to follow along with. Thank you!

  • Glenn

    I had done this once before but had to reinstall my OS since then. I had used a different method before than involved a small utility program to which you drag and drop the flac files onto an icon on the desktop. I could not for the life of me remember what that utility was called and decided to check out this link of yours. Great job. Easy to follow. I use winamp for its amazing visualizations but need iTunes to load my iPod. A great help for hundreds more than have taken the time to comment!

  • ky

    this worked perfectly, thank you!

  • K8T

    Everything has been smooth sailing, but now I’m in iTunes and when I go to right click and convert to mp3, I don’t have the option. Help? Anyone?

  • It works perfectly. Never thought to use winamp again (now i use iTunes).

    I recommend using the Lame plugin since it keeps id3 tags during convertion (if FLAC had id3 tags).

    Thank you very much. Fantastic job.

  • Hi … thanks for sharing this ! Helpful and works but …….. i have a rar file containing a big file flac and also in it there is a .cue file.
    This tutorial only makes a big wav of it with all the Elvis song I am desperately trying to separate.
    Suggestions ? :)
    Thanks anyway !

  • Sean

    Thanks mate, this helped me a lot. But I’m just wondering, is it OK for me to delete my downloaded FLAC and then the transfered WAP files from my C drive? I’m guessing I can but you didn’t say anything about it, all you said was to delete the WAP files from itunes, but even then they’re still on my computer.


  • Brandon


  • This is a great explanation, but my winamp is taking at least 20 minutes on each song, maybe longer. I have a brand new computer… could this be a vista problem?

  • This is an excellent tutorial, great visuals and very clear to understand and simple. Well done. But wouldn’t it be in better interest to erase the .flac files instead of the .wav? Or even both since mp3 is more versatile?

  • skuld_xx

    Thank you for great tip and tutorial!

    *skip away while listening fav music on phone*

  • hilaire

    Thank you for sharing the tips.

  • Alia

    Thank you.

  • Sunil

    Thanks a lot for great instructions.

  • salamat as in thank you very much!!!

  • Derek

    Some observations

    I have some 170 flac files, all but 3 were single tracks. I tried converting them to mp3 with winamp and audacity. Bith did the job, but with some differences.

    I set winamp to output to lame, I then imported all the single tracks into a laylist and played the lot. I had first set sensible file names and the embedded artist/rackname info was a little flaky. I left the machine to it, and a couple of hours later it had converted the lot. As someone mentioned there was no option (even after making sure I was using a know copy of lame rather than the default one) to increase recording quality. Most tracks sounded OK but there were a few that had drop-out that wasn’t there in the flac.

    I ten did the same in audacity, using the same version of lame. I was able to set it to high quality. This time, I dragged all the tracks into Audacity; that took a LONG time. I set output to lame, and exported all tracks. Yes I got my mp3 files, but that took a LONGER time. Namely overnight and some more.

    When I compared, Audacity mp3s were approx 50% the size of the flacs with no discernable loss in quality. The winamp mp3 files were 25% or less the size of the flac and a lot of the high pitch detail had gone, and as I said there was some drop-out as well in a few tracks.

    I then took my three flacs which were multiple track (in fact each was a CD recorded as one file). Audacity has a ‘detect silence’ option which did a pretty good job of detecting the starts of the various tracks. I had to change a few, remove some spurious ones, and add one right at the start in two cases. I then told audacity to export, splitting at markers. I now have individual tracks in mp3 format.

    I then used mp3tag to look at all the resulting tracks – and a pile of mp3 files I had as well. It presented me with a tabular list of tracks and allowed me to change tags so my recordings had correct composers track names and album titles. Neat.

    What do I think of flac? It’s nice to have a zero loss format, and it’s nice that a few products like VLC support it. However I’m using streaming to deliver tracks round my home – and the number of formats that will successfully stream is low. Mp3 is still IMO the most ‘compatible’ way of recording music – even Microsoft’s streaming server supports it!

    I will continue to use CDEX even though it’s no longer being developed, to record from CD direct to mp3. Its easy and again you can set Mp3 quality as you like.

    Winamp comes into its own when playing things back. Its ability to organise playlists or present just the info you want from its catalogue is superb.

    Conclusion: if time is not pressing, use Audacity to change from flac format. You’ll get better results. Record new stuff using CDEX straight to mp3. Tidy things up using mp3tag. Play using winamp.

    No animals were harmed during these experiments.

  • Davo

    It worked just perfect!!!! Thanks for the tip!

  • Matthew

    Whoever wrote this did a really great job. One of the best written how-to’s I’ve found. Would love to chat with this guy sometime.

  • ROb

    Thanks for posting this….since the post the FLAC plug-in has been upgraded and you can now convert directly to MP3 saving you the extra step of WAV.


  • draizhen

    hi.. ive done all the instructions but i cant find the files that i have saved thank you

  • Aggeliki

    Thank you so much! Made the whole converting process so easy without downloading any unnecessary trial program. Worked like a charm!

  • Jen

    i’m having trouble doing this. lots of trouble. i keep getting decoding errors, script errors, etc. i can’t even open the flac files in the player. any suggestions?

  • Simon

    Hey, I did the instructions as they were put up at the top. Works great. The only problem I have is in step 6.

    Step 6 –
    “Once Winamp is done decoding the files, make sure to set the Plug-ins -> Output back to DirectSound output.”

    How do I do this, other than re-installing Winamp?

  • Monci

    Very easy-t0-follow instructions. It was worth using your guide, and I thank you for that.

    For Simon, step 6 means you will have to reassign the settings of the plugin back to nullsoft directsound instead of it set to nullsoft disk writer

  • Ryan

    Thanks so much, saved me a ton of time.

  • Haru-chan

    Oh, really thanks!!! I could hug you! Thanks to you a big failure on the new Suga Shikao’s album turned into a victory!!! You’re so clear and it’s easy! I tought i’d to download some converter but the key was already in my computer, Arigatou!!!!

  • Kelsey

    Thank you so much for this guide, it’s just what I needed!!

  • may

    great help, thank you

  • Nickel

    I get the same error as LEE.

    LEE 03.12.07 at 1:46 am

    When I press open after selecting flac files in step 5 I get a FLAC PLUG IN ERROR saying there was an error processing metadata(FLAC_FILE_DECODER_SEEKABLE_STREAM_DECODER_ERROR)

  • Kevin

    I followed the directions and everything worked out for me. It was fast and easy. WinAmp is one of the best file converter and I will be using it in the future.

  • AK Azad

    Thank you so much. It worked perfectly and saved a lot of time. Thanks again.

  • sar

    thanks really thanks!!

  • viv

    I have followed all your instructions to convert a flac file to MP3, but as soon as I get to ‘play file’ right at the end, I get a window saying winamp has to close.. sorry for inconvenience, etc. How can I overcome this please?
    Thanx Viv

  • Steffen

    Just wanted to say thanks! I’ve been using much more complicated methods in the past, with somewhat shady ‘trial’ software sometimes, this guide is great :)

  • Eric

    Thanks, very helpful for converting a large number of files.

  • Gregory

    Thank You! I don’t even have to install additional software!

  • LeeAnn

    I did everything but when I went to do the importing part on iTunes, I couldn’t find my importing folder like it said. I checked all the individual tabs in that section and I still couldn’t find it. Where would it be?

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  • Thank you for the tutorial. However, having Itums 8, I found impossible to follow that part of the instructions, and thus had to resort to download a converter. Is there a step I am missing, or is the new Itunes without that function?

  • fabianski

    thaks very much it s really easy and stuff

  • Yes – it worked for – easy yo follow – thanks

  • this was really helpful. thanks a lot, i really appreciate it.

  • dave matthews lover

    I just wanted to thank you so very much for putting this up. I had so many flac files from all the dave concerts that I have gone to and had no way of putting them on my ipod until now. You have no idea how much this made my year ha.thanks this is awesome. I will be sure using this again in the future :)

  • Dave J.

    hey man! thanks a lot for your help! it worked perfectly! ;)

  • Anni

    Thank you so much! Great how to, clear and very easy to follow.

  • Thanks man, lifechanging! i can now listen to the blues on my MP3

  • Worked like a charm thanks!

  • Very Helpful
    but I found there was no need to convert the files on Itunes at all
    Just dragged from location straight into my playlist then located it through the file not found process…thanks for an excellent solution to a frustrating and time consuming problem
    well done

  • Dharshana

    Thanks Winamp works.. thanks a lot..Very helpful

  • GnomeThrower

    Excellent resources tutorial on how to do this. Thanks for the help.

  • Thanks a lot this guide was perfect! :)

  • always love this sort of post. straight to the point. well deserved ranking on google!

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  • So, I did everything correctly except when I try to change the settings in the first steps of the iTunes part, I don’t see the same thing as the screen shot above.

    What happened?

  • nvm. I figured it out. Thankss. :)

    This was fantastic. <3

  • Andre

    Excellent tutorial,

    usually there is some magic step missing that we have to try to figure out for ourselves but in this case I found none.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Hey i was wondering if the .Flac files could lose quality when being converted to .Wav files, liek how you can adjust the conversion quality in the Itunes Mp3 part of the tutorial.. im worried about it because the music im trying to convert has subliminal messages and its very complex

  • Tom

    So, I did everything correctly except when I try to change the settings in the first steps of the iTunes part, I don’t see the same thing as the screen shot above. what do i do????

  • clive

    hey thanks a million for this post like many of the other user i found your instructions easy to use, thanks again clive

  • Tatiana

    Amazingly “user friendly”!!
    Thank you so much!!!

  • bigbadbane

    DUDE!! fixed everything…easy to do…thanx so much

  • Sophie

    THANK YOU! This works AMAZINGLY and sooo easy <3

  • anca stan

    mann ,you are the best!thank you very much!

  • Volpi


    Easy and clear!!

  • Tom

    got it! great, thanks for the help!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • paul

    thanks very simple to use guide much appreciated

  • Marco tiberini

    Thanks a lot for the help! M.

  • PaulE

    Could you update the iTunes steps for the latest version? Clicking on the advanced tab does not bring up a tab called “Import”. It must be located elsewhere, but I sure can’t find it – thanks!

  • little red

    So straight-forward and easy to understand! Thanks heaps, much appreciated. Cheers!

  • harry dissel


    Hoe kan ik cass bestanden omzetten naar mp3?

  • Chester Barton

    Regarding “Step 2” of “Encoding .wav files with iTunes”:

    It says “Select the Advanced tab”, and then the Importing tab.

    I’ve selected “Advanced” like it says but there is no “Importing” option, therefore I cannot select “MP3 Encoder” from the “Import Using” list.

    I have installed the latest version of iTunes whereas the original post was posted 2 and a half years ago, hence it was probably a different version.

    Can somebody put me back on the right path please as everything up to this stage went okay.



  • Chester,

    I’ve updated the tutorial for the new version of iTunes (all the steps should be correct now). Cheers,


  • n4vys3a7

    sooo easy to follow! thank you soo much!!! :D

  • Paul

    I have windows XP, but I don’t seem to have this “winamp” that you’re talking about.

  • worked great for me. thanks.

  • Paul

    Thank you!! didn’t know that it was this simple:) better than all those stupid trial programms, that only convert 30 % of a song!
    verry nice, should be at the top of hits on google.

  • the instructions were really easy to follow
    thanks so much!
    i’m listening to my newly converted music now!

  • Kris

    Wow Ross,

    Thanks so much for this. I downloaded some .flac files and was breaking my brain trying to find converters or methods to convert them, especially for free. I had to download winamp and the .flac addon and install the newest version of iTunes but converter the .flacs to mp3 files worked perfectly. Great instructions! As my payment I did the survey at the end, the least I can do.

    Thanks again, so much!


  • Pinny

    I just saved over a gigabyte of space by converting some huge .flac concerts to .mp3. The only problem I had was iTunes clipping names of the final mp3s but everything else worked out great.

  • Guitar1

    Really appreciate this. Certainly a long process…but it’s free! Gotta like that!

  • geeman

    I followed the steps detailed above and was able to convert from flac to mp3 successfully but unfortunetly all my file names have been changed by winamp to 03_Track 2, 04_Track 8 etc., does anyone how I can preserve my file names when I do the conversion


  • Frankbuk

    Audacity is the way to go with this. It will do a whole load of other things as well. I was wondering about converting FLAC files, then remembered that I already had a copy of Audacity and decided to try it. It was easy.

    Just imported the FLAC file and exported it as MP3. It even asked you to add the tags (title, artist, etc) when you save it. Brilliant.

  • Frankbuk

    I have to admit that I don’t know if it’s any good for a lot of files in one go. Easy just for one or two though…

  • manu

    Thanks a lot pal…
    I was going to buy some stupid software to get the job done… really saved me. The tutorial was very helpful(Not to mention simple and very eay to understand)

  • That was hella helpful. First website I found on the subject and it worked perfectly exactly as explained. Much appreciated!

  • Chris

    Thank you so much for these instructions. They worked great. I was really frustated trying to figure out how to use a converter until I tried this and it worked right away. Thanks again

  • ernie


  • Marie

    Hey, I can’t set it back to direct sound output. I don’t know how to do that. When I open the output tap in preferences, direct sound is highlighted, but whenever I try to play a song, it decodes it and won’t play it. wtf.

  • jldawg67

    Since this was written there are a few other progs that accomplish the same thing such as Magical Jelly Bean SHN Shortener, but I just tried this one and it still works very well but not so simple.

  • dioode

    thanks a lot
    flac had become a headake to me

  • tracy

    WOW…. what more is there to say…works like a dream and solved a huge problem i have……had….lol

  • KST

    thx man. u`ve really helped me. nice and clean explanations. cheers :>

  • Jerome

    Gosh…. thanks a million, I never thought It’d work this great and easy I’ ve spent hours trying to convert and now, within minutes It was easily done.

    Thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

  • Thanks a lot this was really helpful. Its great you take the time to post such clear directions.

  • Jason

    Thank You so much for the effort and time you put into making this tutorial happen. It helped me out a bunch and saved me a load of time without having the crappy music converter programs clogging my space. The instructions were clear and concise. Amazing job pal and keep up the great work!! :)

  • thanks a lot very useful.

    One comment: before you convert, disable the “playback” feature of winamp, otherwise it’ll go on converting your files forever, asking you each time if you wish to overwrite the previous job. If you do this accidentally, you can of course kill the process with CTRL+ALT+DEL

  • Marquis

    Thank You, the pictures are very clear and they helped me a lot.

  • bobthebuilder

    appreciate it, thanks a ton

  • emily

    it wont let me add lyrics… to it.. :|

  • aileen

    Instructions all worked fine and ive imported the flac files into winamp, but they aren’t saved anywhere as wav files now…. not sure what im doing wrong!?

  • Crow

    Extremely helpful! Thank you SO much!

  • ryan

    many thanks, big big help. The step by step instruction guide me through. Never thought that winamp is the solution. so simple, no sweat. Brilliant! Thanks a lot.

  • NateShikaVi

    Thanks a bunch :D i though this was very easy & simple.. great to follow trough :)

  • Kim

    Simple, fantastic, economical, helpful, clear and effective.

    In short, everything that help should be.


  • Sam


  • Steve

    simplest way possible. fantastic!

  • Matt

    Great instructions! I did not encounter a single problem.

  • Dave

    AWESOME!! Very easy to follow and most importantly, successful. :)

  • Bryce

    When trying to decode the files I get:

    Error While Processing Frame

    After this I can play about 5 seconds of the wav files and then it stops and then it repeats the same error message as above.


  • Moldavia

    After looking through the tutorial here and started to follow it when I realised something in the configure window in Step 2.

    Winamp version 5.5 and higher can directly convert flac files to mp3 without having to decode to wave then re-encode to mp3. The quality is almost the same but considering your are converting to mp3 there is a little bit of loss quality.

    When you do step 2, ( clicking on the Configure button), in the configuration window on the right side middle is a Conversion section. Check the Convert to Format box and then click on the large button under that and change Format to Lame MP3 and Attributes to 48000 Hz, 320 kps CBR, Stereo 39 kb/sec (This is the highest quality available for winamp). Then click on the ok button. Click on ok button on next screen as well. Click close button to close the preferences window. Now Simply Enqueue your flac file(s) into winamp and click on Play. Winamp will now convert the flac to mp3 in the folder you set and your all done.


  • Wayne in Florida

    A million thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • CGoff117

    i have made all of the flacs into wavs without any trouble and they are saved in the same folder. when i select that folder in itunes under add a folder to library, nothing happens. i cant get the wavs imported into itunes even after selecting mp3 encoder on the preferences page. please help! thanks!

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  • Mike

    Thanks, worked great. Now I have to figure out how I can use Winamp.

  • Fred

    Why do simple if we can do it complicated…
    There is a simple and fast way, using only iTunes (for the wma to mp3 conversion) and Movie Maker (for the flac to wma conversion)…
    Write me if you want me to do a tutorial!

  • Moldavia

    Fred: your post implies your doing it the complicated way still. winamp does the conversion in 1 step anyways so its still the easiest way.

  • Bob-O

    Thanks for the help… much appreciated

  • Sam

    Thanks very much. Very helpful.

  • Chris

    Thanks a ton..very helpful!

  • Matt

    So everything goes great for the first part. Using Winamp is all good.
    When I get to iTunes I change all the right setting, but when I go to add the folder, the top of the iTunes window (where it normally shows the progress of downloads/music playing/ etc) has a brief flash, and then nothing happens.
    Any ideas? =/

  • Sergio

    Thanks !!! IT worked like a charm !!

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  • Alan

    Cheers for the clear and concise walk through – everything worked perfectly!

    Thanks again!

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  • Rachel

    This was an excellent guide; thankyou very much!

  • Johnny

    I installed the plug-in, but it is listed as an input for winamp, and so I cannot rewrite the .flac files. Can anyone help me with this?

  • John

    Thanks, if you were here right now I would buy you a beer. Granted it is only 8:45 in the morning but what the hell.

  • Thank you so much! You made it very clear and easy!

  • very useful, thanks

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  • PG

    A most excellent approach, explanation and solution.
    Worked like a charm.
    May the force be with you!

  • aj lawson

    thanks a whole bunch!

  • F Quinn

    Thanks so much , this was SO easy and clear direction. Awesome!

  • KingPin

    Thank you very much! This guide is the best, very simple and easy to follow…thanks again! //KingPin of Sweden

  • good!! thanks

  • Kigen

    Can someone please help me? The winamp plug-in is becoming an input, instead of being in the output folder. How can I make this into an output so that I can write out the file, instead of just playing it?

  • Hoi

    Thank you a lot :D

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  • Edril D.Napallad

    wow! thanks a lot guys, now I should know better…

  • Ali

    You genius! Finally, a way of converting flac to mp3 without those dodgy programs online. Thank you so much!

  • Paul

    Most appreciated, thanks very much.

  • kt

    Thanks SO much!! very much appreciated

  • Raulis

    super description – thx!

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  • Thanks so much, very helpful instructions!

  • khurram malik

    thank u so much, it’s an awesome tip.

  • airmanchairman

    Great tutorial.

    You made me realise what a great contribution Winamp is making to the online sound and video generating world (FLAC & Ogg Support, SHOUTCAST streaming protocol etc), so much so that I paid for and downloaded the full Winamp Pro application. They are well worthy of support.

    Keep ’em great tutorials coming, bro’.

  • veryuseful

    I followed these instuctions to a T and worked out perfectly!
    Thanks so much.

  • PDB

    Great instructions! Thanks!

  • captain_neo

    I would like to add another kudos! First time I encountered the .flac extension file and this is the first site I opened up to get info on how to handle the file. Things work perfectly and fast! Thanks!

  • Doug


    having problems here despite clear instructions. Conversion goes wrong when Winamp converts to WAV. It takes a 26Mgb audio file and outputs a 44bit file which of course is not right. retried many times but, as the saying goes, doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a sign of madness.
    any guidance appreciated. thx

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  • Mark Fraser

    Thankyou so much for this, it helped me convert those pesky FLACs without having to download anything I didn’t already have, unlike some other websites recommended!

  • Mother Bird

    Thank you so much for this easy-to-follow instruction.
    The only problem I have, is that I can’t find the files, so dont want to delete the .wav files til I’m sure the music is backed up. They are safely in my iTunes Library but don’t figure anywhere else!!
    Any help would be appreciated

  • Kevin

    Why do the files takes up so much space now? I have a 3 minute song that takes up 32.2 mb?

  • Roarke

    SUPPA!!… Really well done and easy to understand… Thanks so much.

  • Thanks for the help, but I can’t seem to get the files to play on Itunes. They play on Winamp, but I don’t know how to move them over to my Itunes. It won’t let me drag from the file I keep them in.

  • Even after I convert everything it still shows my files as flac.

  • guy

    BRILLIANT. by following the guide picture by picture it works without even the smallest scratching ones head and wondering if one should just forget it and stick to downloading MP3 only. FLAC is a far better quality and this simple method which does take a bit of time, bookmark the page and go slowly through it, mostly you may have left winamp on the wrong options if this doesn’t work perfectly and seamlessly… Well done, this really does give it step by step, believe me I know next to nothing of these things and get few right, brilliant, thank you and well done, a cudos to the submitter of this guide. For Mac users, use FLUKE

  • gab

    my winamp keeps converting all files that i play.. how do i change it back?

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  • tj

    oh damn thanks soo much even though it took several hours cuz the pack of music downloaded of flacs was over 50 gigs booo t took a while to get it all done butt thanks alot idk wtf i wudda dun w/o finding this!!! thanksss….

  • MC

    I keep getting an error when I try to play the files in winamp. It is:

  • Rudigan

    What a great guide. Fantastic that I don’t have to use a converter to go from FLAC to MP3. Thanks for going to the effort to write it.

  • OMA

    I don’t know if this comment, being #542, will be noticed at all, but there’s an EVEN EASIER WAY without having to have iTunes (personally I don’t like that program that much).

    Download and install this:

    To install it, unzip the ZIP file, then right-click in the “LameACM.inf” file and then click “Install” in the contextual menu. Click “Continue” if you see any prompts.

    After that, you will be able to convert STRAIGHT from FLAC to MP3 in Winamp! No need for the additional WAV step! Just tick the “Convert to format” checkbox in the “Nullsoft Disk Writer” configuration window (the same window you use to select the WAV output directory in Winamp), and then click the big button below that “Convert to format” checkbox, select “MPEG Layer-3” and finally select your preferred MP3 quality, and close both windows (Ok / Close).

    Then play your FLAC files and they’ll convert to straight to MP3!

    Hope this helps.


  • Emily

    Please help – the conversion has all worked just fine, I have deleted the relevant files from itunes so that I just have my mp3 files left, alas itunes is telling me that there is a problem and it won’t play my tunes anymore!!!

    When I open up itunes, the following message box appears : ‘itunes has detected a problem with your audio configuration. Audio/video playback may not operate properly.’

    When I try to play tunes within itunes they just don’t start playing (this is for both the tunes that I had in itunes before the conversion of the new files and the new files). I am hoping that my settings are just wrong but don’t really know which ones to change. Please please help!

  • MasterOfPuppets

    Thanks a lot!!!

  • Chucho320

    Awesome. Converting right now. Thanks a ton.

  • Stan

    THanks very much for this information. It is very clear, concise and easy to follow. It worked a treat for me.

  • Yassmin

    Thanks! Just what I needed.

  • Aayush

    Great guide , thank you !

  • JumboSkrimp

    You’re my hero!! Thanks soo much.

  • Kingsley de los Santos

    No Sweat!

  • Alex

    Great! Thanks

  • Allyra

    Thank you so much for this, all the other websites i went to i couldnt understand not being computer literate, you’ve totally made my day!!!

  • nietpiet

    or.. just download the VLC player and convert the .flac file directly to mp3.

  • Alvaro Degives-Mas

    Or, download and use the free Audacity audio editing program, open the FLAC files and export them directly to MP3 – using any of the preset options, or tweak its settings to suit your needs – at zero cost.

  • bott

    awesome!!!!! thanks so much!

  • Jay Barney

    I downloaded a two CD album in .flac format. After the conversion, which I followed precisely, I ended up with two .WAV files, the numerous songs were not segmented. They must have been encoded, at some point, separately, how can I re-convert them so I can listen to individual songs?

  • elaine.kraus

    this is just great. simple, no sweat instructions!

  • Just wanted to say thank you very much for this post. Very helpful :-)

  • mike

    great tut, everthing worked and flow perfectly.

  • bluebelldell

    I love step by step instructions – thanks so much for doing this!

  • Mariya

    Wow tnx so much!

  • asdfasdgafg

    I don’t use Itunes and it’s too much trouble to download for just this purpose. Other programs?

  • Thank you so much :) I don’t need Xilisoft to do this ;)

  • Flac url is broken
    new url
    very nice site

  • nixer6er

    Thankyou soooo much!

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  • alex

    Thanks a lot…that really helped…easiest tutorial ever…

  • Thank you, very, very VERY much ;)

  • SG

    WOW! ty so much!!!! my music supplier recently changed to.flac files and didnt kno what to do, until i found this. THANK U!!!

  • Soj

    Good tut. I want to play a list of SELECTED .flac files. I put a list of them in a file C:\PlayList.txt as follows.

    C:\My Music\Album 1\Number 5.flac
    C:\My Music\Album 3\Number 2.flac
    etc. – one file per line.

    Then I write in biterscripting, the following script in file C:/PlayScript.txt.

    echo “DEBUG – Starting winamp”
    system -s “C:\path\to\winamp\winamp.exe” “/START”
    var str list, file
    cat “C:\PlayList.txt” > $list
    lex “1” $list > $file
    while ($file “”)
    echo “DEBUG – Playing ” $file
    system -s “C:\path\to\winamp\winamp.exe” “/ADD ” (“\””+$file+”\””)
    lex “1” $list > $file

    Then I execute this script in biterscripting ( ) as follows.

    script “C:\PlayScript.txt”

    This should play the songs I have specifically selected.

  • Jpuck

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. It worked great!!!!

  • Greek

    You are great! Thanks a lot…

  • Randall

    Thanks!!! Very helpful and easy to understand.

  • Angie

    Thank you so much! What a comprehensive walkthrough :-)

  • nicole


  • David Vanderschel

    I think iTunes is overkill for converting .wav files to .mp3 files. EAC is a good alternative. (See “Compress WAVs” on the Tools menu.) CDex will also do it. Both of those programs are free. iTunes may be less confusing because it makes many of the configuration choices for you; but that also means that you have less control over the results.

  • Andrew

    Thank you so much for this guide!

  • Prima

    This is perfect, exactly what I needed. Thank you!

  • Mags

    Very clear, concise, and easy instructions thank you for an excellent posting, probably the very best I’ve ever used!

  • Michelle

    Simple! Thanks a million for the easy to follow instructions :)

  • Yogi

    Thank you for the flawless explanation and diagrams, I didn’t need to understand a thing just follow the easy instructions :-)

  • Tuvia

    Thanks a million!

  • garrett

    thank you so much for this, now I can relive my concert experiences on my ipod!

  • Lindsay

    thank you so much…. the directions were really clear and precise i had no issues

  • Mark

    Great Tut! Thanks!

  • jessica

    I can finally sleep at night and not fret about getting my songs into my player~!! Simplified and very detailed. Best yet! THANKS!!

  • Dom

    Very good tutorial. Couldn’t of done it better. THANKS MAN : ) very appreciated!

  • Jay

    Thanks a bunch, very helpful. Couldn’t help noticing you have good taste in music too.

  • Tobias Funke

    I have no idea who you are, but I am now eternally indebted to you. Thank you very much for simplying this process for the technically incompetent amongst us.

  • Tracy

    YOU ARE THE BEST – I have searched the wild world over for some neophyte instructions on flac conversions – yours were perfect!

  • Pedro Carvalho

    Great tutorial! Very good explanation, simple and straightforward! Keep up the good work!

  • Bree


  • someguy

    thank u so much

  • doug

    thanks a lot man.

  • jane

    i officially ♥ whoever wrote this,

  • Magda

    GREAT! Thanks you for this step to step instructions! Even I got it ;-)


    This is a good tutorial, thanks for writing!

    But, I am having a problem. When I right click on the .wav files, there is no option labeled “Create MP3″…
    Anyone know why?


    Never mind, the option was available in ‘Advanced’ THANKS!

  • Zyk

    Thanks, man, this helped me a lot.

  • dram

    Thanks for writing this guide!! This was so easy-to-follow!!

  • Sig R

    You can just use Winamp for the conversion of the FLAC to mp3 it worked for me.

  • leo

    These instructions worked really well for me. Many thanks.

  • Alice

    This was perfect. Thanks so much!

  • James

    Wow Great Post
    Many Many Thanks

  • Mithila

    Brilliant! So simple, thank you.

  • james

    thanks advice was great and worked perfectly

  • Joanna D.

    Worked great, thanks so much!

  • This was extremely helpful. Thanks so much!

  • ber

    the ‘right click and click change to mp3’ option (step 6) didn’t appear for me, so instead i had to click ‘advanced’ then ‘create mp3 version’ from the bar at the top. just FYI yeah. thanks for all the help it worked like a charm :)

  • Chris

    Thanks for the well-written explanation. Super helpful.

  • Ashley

    Thanks so much! That was great help. Also want to add, as stated in a comment above, that the create MP3 [step 6] wasn’t available for me via right click either. Just go to Advanced at the top bar and select from the drop down menu there. :)

  • porcovasco

    It worked great! I LOVE YOU!

  • Me

    this cause the speed of music in output file faster then source. Any one face like me?

  • ano


  • James

    Thank you! That worked perfectly! Much appreciated!!!

  • Nancy

    Thank you, this is great info!!

  • ttnguyen

    Easy to follow instructions & worked well :) THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge!!

  • Caebron

    What is the name of this plugin for winamp? The link seems to be broken:

    No Search Results
    Your search for “details.php” returned no results.

  • Jake de Backer

    The conversion worked perfect BUT now ALL my iTunes AAC files are WINAMP files with the little WINAMP logo. Why did this happen? I didn’t select my whole library to be converted. PLEASE HELP!!!

  • Tipton444

    thanks, very helpful.

  • Leo

    Jake de Backer: Relax, your library has not been changed in any way. What most likely happened was that Winamp is now configured as the default player for audio files (including AAC files). This means that you’ll see the Winamp icon instead of the iTunes one.
    You can revert this by going into iTunes, opening the Edit menu, selecting Preferences, going to the Advanced tab and selecting the “Use iTunes as the default player for audio files” option. If you ever run Winamp again and it prompts you to select Winamp as your default player, just hit Cancel or No.

  • Callum

    Awesome worked perfectly didnt bother doing anything after getting them into wav. files though you can just play them with Itunes THANNNKKKSSS :D

  • Callum – yes, the wav files will play perfectly with iTunes. But they’re also very large files and take up a lot of space on your hard drive. If you’re ok with that – cool. But if you ever need to free up some hard drive space, you’ll want to convert those .wav files to MP3 or AAC – then delete the .wav’s.

  • Bob Dunning

    At last a use for winamp on my computer. Worked really well thanks very much.

  • Vlad

    Hi guys

    The explanation worked flawlessly, apart from one minor annoying consequence.

    I would convert the Flac files to MP3 format, but needlessly Winamp decides that its cool to convert a song name from this

    01 Slusnik Luna – Cherish

    to this

    01_01 Slusnik Luna – Cherish.

    Now every single song in Armin Van Buuren’s album has one or more underscore in EVERY song title! If you know Armin he clogs one album with 49 tracks in his year mixes and its annoying.

    So now every single song has a “_” underscore with 50+ songs. Although of minor consequence I don’t know how to get rid of it.

    I even went into Preferences > Titles > Miscellaneous and unclicked show underscores in titles as spaces but it didn’t work! aghhh! Anyone know how to fix this without manually editing the name of 50+ songs? Would appreciate feedback cheers!

  • ikh

    exactly to the point… tnk’s!*

  • Erica

    Thanks! This was very helpful!

  • patricia

    thanks so much, you explained/illustrated the steps very well, it wasn’t hard to follow :-)

  • Sean

    fantastic guide, thank you.

  • Dion


  • Caitlyn

    You’re an angel :) thanks

  • Jenn Lail

    You are amazing.

  • clephane

    thanks a million – great instructions and worked a treat!

  • jargennorth

    I followed all the steps, but instead of keeping the flac files and creating new wav. files the flac files were overwritten and iTunes won’t add the wav. files..
    Could someone please help me and tell me what went wrong?

  • Vincent

    Many thanks, instructions were spot on

  • Marc

    Thank you! Such good instructions

  • Knut

    Kjempegreier:) Takk for hjelpa!

    Highly appreciated

  • This helped me a lot, cuz’ I had to convert files with hebrew names, and no converter software was handling them


  • Mike

    I ran across a problem can anybody help?
    I got through step 5 where you select the files in Winamp, but when I select play I get an error message for each track that says: Error while processing frame (FLAC_FILE_DECODER_SEEKABLE_STREAM_DECODER_ERROR).
    Can someone tell me what went wrong?

  • Xeni

    Thank you, your instructions worked! I had no idea that I could use WinAmp and iTunes like this! Thank you so much!

  • MrEClass

    This was a fantastic method for converting flac to mp3.

    Thank you very much!

  • Genia

    thank you very much!!!! :)

  • Thank you so much… for this great info!!!

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  • Brandon

    Thank you so much!! helped a lot :D

  • Boris

    Thank you so much! This guide told me everything I needed, step by step. I checked the mp3 file when I was done, and the quality was perfect. Thanks again!

  • Bridgeport, CT

    That was amazing. And even better was when I got to Step 6., I was converting a live Black Crowes show as well!

  • Tade

    Good step-for-step-picture guide!
    Good work.

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  • PuterNerd

    This rocks … and it works! I’m fairly clueless but I was able to follow this and make it work. THANKS soooo much! Before this, I never knew WTF a .flac file even was!!!

  • Tyler B

    This works perfectly! thanks so much!

  • J.A. Castro

    Dude, Awesome! Help website usually suck but you rock.


  • wilda

    Work well, instructions very clear and easy to follow

  • Gary Wade

    Thank you soo much for this. Very thorough job. I thought the process would be much more complicated but you have made it a snap.

  • Kelly

    This was an excellent and very useful resource! It was very easy to follow and extremely helpful! Thank you!!!

  • Chris

    Helpful, thank you.

  • EP

    this worked great, thank you!!!

  • Phil

    Thanks for the very easy and practical help with this matter

  • Grateful

    Excellent instructions, thanks very much

  • Aguilar

    excelent work!!! congratulations!!! I worked fine for me

  • Bogdan

    Working perfect!! Thank you very much!!!! Great instructions!!!! MC and HNY!!!

  • eks

    Thanks. But this tutorial, like most others, assumes that I use iTunes/iPod/iPhone/other Apple products. Actually I don’t. I just have a non-Apple phone for which I need mp3 files. Would be nice to get tutorials that allow for such possibilities too…

  • 2

    thanks so much for the information it was very helpful!

  • Bob Jones

    Thanks for your help. Great instructions, clearly written, easy to use. I owe you a beer or two.

  • Siobhan

    Thank You so much!!!

  • gen

    This worked well…except for the second to last step. For some reason, iTunes does nothing when i try to “Add folder to library”. It took several attempts for the source location to even show the files (it kept saying that the folder was empty). Finally it was able to show the folder correctly, but iTunes did nothing when I selected it to open. I am going to File > Add folder/file to library and then selecting the files, but iTunes is not importing them. My computer often shows me empty folders when I am positive of the contents, so it may be related to a problem with my system. (?)
    If anyone can help, I’d really appreciate it. Having these files in Winamp is useless to me, and I can’t seem to get them into iTunes where they belong!

  • henry

    thank you. ive been looking for this for a while, great tutorial!

  • Nigro

    that was a great help ,thank u so much guys…..VERY HELPFUL !

  • Marcel

    nice one mate, that was easy. cheers !

  • m. perry

    This ranks as one of the most well-written and perfectly illustrated tutorials I have ever seen. I appreciate nice, clear instructions that clearly explain every step to be taken.
    Thank you!

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  • Esther

    Thank you soooo much!!!!!! i can finally listen to my otis redding (L)

  • Esther – you have great taste in music! :)

  • Maximum Overtroll

    thank you. i can now listen to my daft punk alive 2007 in peace :3

  • antimere

    Ha! Awesome. I thought I was gonna have to find an mp3 version of Faith No More’s Angel Dust. You rock. Thank you. =D

  • Mark L.

    Hello. Thanks for the tips here. In my version of WinAmp I can convert the .flac files directly to .mp3. Do I lose anything by doing it this way or should I convert to .wav with WinAmp and then to .mp3 with iTunes? Thanks again.

  • Jess

    Thank you very much. Clear and easy.

  • kenneth duncan

    ur a bloody legend mate, thanx a bunch

  • Christian

    THANK YOU So0o0o0o0 MUCH!
    Amazing page. You should hold your head high for making peoples life better!
    Thanks again

  • Jay

    The instructions were very good – thank you very much.

  • G

    Wow, you made that easy, thanks so much.

  • twinblades

    Thanks great walk through very nice easy to do:)

  • WolverTX

    Thanx allot m8 very good instructions took me 30 min =D thank you!

  • basheer

    awesome!! very clear & worked… :-)

  • Juliet Wilson

    I am the idiot that idiot’s guides were intended for and this was perfect for me. Thank you very much.

  • ryan

    excellent instructions helped alot, thanks alot mate!!

  • Anna

    Thank you so much!! Really helpful and straightforward. Finally got my favourite pianist on to my itunes after months of fretting.

  • rob

    help me a whole lot!!!!! Thanks a bunch.

  • freeyourmind

    Why just dont use flac fronted aplication to convert flac to .wav ??

  • Maria Cassidy

    This was just what I needed! I’m working on a radio piece for a class at MIT. Thanks so much!

  • Mark

    thanks very much. works great and i will be definetly using this sytem again

  • Razvan

    10x! good job!

  • Alex

    Thank you Very much for your easy to follow step by step tutorial.

  • Feliz

    Sorry but will this reduce the quality? Will it be lower than 320kbps?

  • Stu

    It made it real easy to do…sometimes we forget how to do things.

  • Guilherme de Souza

    Excelente guide. Thanks for the help!

  • Jimmy

    Fantastic guide, thanks.

  • Mike

    Thank you very much, I keep referring to your guide for a while now, helps very very much

  • nigi

    THANK YOU!! Really helpful <3

  • ola

    very good and seamless. a re-awaken fan of winamp. thank you.

  • Janesa

    I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it undersatndable.

  • Sarah

    This was fantastic advice, exactly what I was looking for, took a while but worth it to have everything on my ipod, thanks!

  • r.m.

    Thank you kindly. Easy to follow even for an easily confused person. Yay!

  • Debra

    Wow thank you SO SO SO much for this!!!! :)

  • Denis

    It’s been a while I haven’t used Winamp. I totally forgot about that possibility. Very useful reminder. Thanks very much

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  • Lily

    Thank you soo much for this!! I had tried downloading converters but they only converted half of the songs and I was really frustrated, but I’m glad I followed your steps! well worth it!

  • Jolene

    Thanks a mill! Now my dad can finally play the songs from the OST of The Land Before Time. He’s gonna be chuffed to bits!

  • pritikina

    A thousand thank yous, sir! Awsome.

  • Marc

    Dude. You’re a legend. If you can get an idiot like me to get this right, you’re a born teacher. Thank you.

  • Josephine

    Who-s AWESOME? YOU’RE AWESOME. Thanks a Million!!!

  • Angie

    Perfect, easy to follow instructions for the non-techno-phile. Thanks!

  • Brady

    This was really helpful. Thank you very much.

  • Chariff

    Really very helpful … it is good to know these useful info about WinAmp and iTunes.
    Thank you so much, very nice of you.

  • geordieboy

    thanks so much for this, such a help.Most of these other converters either didnt work properly or changed your settings and browser or all three!! Never even thought about Winamp.What a great help.
    Thanks again

  • Todor

    Very helpful … ! Thanks a lot!

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  • Alexa

    Thank you for the guide!
    But am I the only one who is experiencing problems with the convert in WinAmp? It only converts the first 11 seconds of each track…? I’m probably doing something wrong, but I have been following the guide step by step.

  • mika_chan

    thanks so much for this! :)

  • Lily

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! It really helped me with a handle of songs I’ve been planning to convert them into .mp3 files but never had the chance to. The plug-in worked fine, and the conversion was successful. This tutorial should definitely work for everyone.

  • Max

    THANK YOU! So easy to follow and instructions are very clear! :)

  • Elenore

    holey moley! Step by step awesomeness, thanks a whole bunch dude!

  • carolyn

    i followed these directions and everything worked really well except that itunes converted the files to mpeg, rather than mp3. i’ve converted files before through itunes and this didn’t happen. any ideas? the mpeg does play but i’d prefer mp3 (need to blend albums). thanks

  • dominic

    thanks dude,it helped me a lot. .that was an awesome guide!more power. .hope tou help more people like me!thanks and godbless!

  • andy

    this is great!

  • Gary

    Thank you very much for your time. Great job.

  • lance

    hey thanks so much! this is great!

  • laura

    oh geez! thanks so much!! it helped a lot!

  • cagree

    thanks man :)

  • Ade

    Genius ! Thanks so much for this !! :) :)

  • JS

    Thanks Man. That was really helpful and very easy! Wll done!!

  • cz

    fantastic, thanks.

  • kallika

    amazing!!!! thank you!!!

  • Ponificator

    Use Freemake Video Converter instead. Freeware that does so much more than just video files, Way simpler.

  • Judi

    Fantastic! Very much appreciated – thank you!

  • Fabianno Nascimento

    Great!!! Thank you

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  • teg

    thank you! this is great! so helpful.

  • Drkngl6f6

    Thank you very much, really helpful!!! m/,

  • f3ck4r

    thank you!

  • Becks

    Awesome! Totally worked :) Cheers

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  • Graham

    the trouble with this is that I hate Itunes!

  • Al

    Fanx very much for this info, much appreciated.

  • rachelgreenhappy

    I use a software called iDealshare VideoGo to convert FLAC to Apple Lossless, WAV, MP3

  • Mauricio The Souza

    I also hate iTunes! For a while in time, I left Windows Media Player for taking Winamp for a ride, but I soon got tired of it and got back to WMP, and so I got more used to it. WMP does almost everything Winamp does and is simpler.

    The Tutorial presented here is clear and very well done, but for those who don’t want to waste the time required for such an extensive instruction, I suggest Format Factory, which is a free software, requiring just 2 or 3 clicks to operate.

    It does convert a lot of whole folders at a time, and yet has a lot of converters for audio, video, pictures, iso and more. It’s much easier and faster. Enjoy you all!!

  • Mauricio The Souza

    I forgot to mention one of the more powerful features of Format Factory. It is able to load a lot of full folders at a time, which turns it into a yet more powerful and fast tool.

  • pressurehold

    I use iDealshare VideoGo to convert FLAC to MP3, WAV, M4A, WMA, AU, etc.

    It has both Windows and Mac version.

    It also can convert video or audo to FLAC

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  • passtune

    You can use Avdshare Video Downloader to
    Change audio bitrate and then convert FLAC to other audio formats, like to AAC,
    OGG, MP3, WAV, AIFF, M4A, AC3, etc.

  • Dee

    Thanks a million for plain speaking instructions, this was painless. Took less than 15 minutes from downloading the program to converting the files.