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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{ 778 comments… add one }
  • brenna September 18, 2006, 6:41 pm

    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.

  • Ross September 19, 2006, 4:54 am


    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 –


  • Jeff November 17, 2006, 12:16 am

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


  • Anna January 6, 2007, 7:01 am

    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. January 17, 2007, 2:48 pm

    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 January 26, 2007, 10:12 am

    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 January 28, 2007, 3:24 am

    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 February 1, 2007, 3:26 am

    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 February 5, 2007, 7:55 pm

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

  • pete February 6, 2007, 11:26 pm

    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 February 10, 2007, 10:03 am

    wow that was absolutely great
    thank you so easy

  • Monique February 11, 2007, 9:15 am


    Many thanks!

  • Matthew February 13, 2007, 7:34 am

    Excellent tutorial! Thank you very much!

  • Andy Colla February 13, 2007, 7:35 am

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

  • Eric February 16, 2007, 3:32 pm

    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 February 16, 2007, 4:48 pm

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

  • Bob February 17, 2007, 9:40 am

    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 February 21, 2007, 4:08 am

    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 February 22, 2007, 1:11 pm

    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 February 24, 2007, 5:17 am

    thanks! worked perfectly.. good job!

  • Ryan February 24, 2007, 11:02 am

    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 February 27, 2007, 1:58 pm

    thanks the description is perfect

  • Nik March 1, 2007, 9:24 pm

    Sweet! Thank you!

  • Ximena March 2, 2007, 11:33 am

    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.

  • Theodore1 March 3, 2007, 2:25 am

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

  • Martin March 3, 2007, 2:00 pm

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

  • Loic March 3, 2007, 4:10 pm

    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 March 3, 2007, 7:41 pm

    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 March 6, 2007, 5:09 pm

    It worked this time, thanks so much!

  • Nikita March 8, 2007, 4:29 am

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

    Thanks a lot!

  • LEE March 12, 2007, 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)

  • Bodini March 15, 2007, 8:51 pm

    Oh SNAP!

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

  • Andrea March 19, 2007, 5:03 am

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

  • tue March 23, 2007, 10:10 am

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

  • loa March 23, 2007, 11:57 am

    thanks maaan…

  • PeterE March 24, 2007, 3:34 am

    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 March 26, 2007, 11:45 am

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

  • Jake Boldt March 26, 2007, 5:06 pm

    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 March 29, 2007, 1:51 pm

    thanx alot
    almost too simple :)

  • Colin April 1, 2007, 3:00 am

    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 April 1, 2007, 2:00 pm

    AWESOME, much appreciated!

  • sash April 5, 2007, 9:19 pm

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

  • Fred April 6, 2007, 7:15 am

    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 April 6, 2007, 8:01 am

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

    I get the message “nothing to configure”

  • Night Dragon April 7, 2007, 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the detailed instructions. Excellent details and pictures.

    I easily completed the task. Great work!

  • cristina April 9, 2007, 8:15 am

    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 April 10, 2007, 6:26 am

    Superb ! The man who wrote it is genius!

  • Bartek W April 10, 2007, 6:26 am

    Superb ! The man who wrote it is genius!

  • Julio Cesar Diaz April 10, 2007, 2:51 pm

    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 April 11, 2007, 1:13 pm

    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 April 12, 2007, 7:52 am

    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 April 17, 2007, 4:12 am

    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.

  • david April 19, 2007, 9:11 am

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

    thanks again

  • Jerry April 21, 2007, 12:00 am

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

  • weave April 23, 2007, 8:51 am

    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 April 23, 2007, 2:04 pm

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

  • vaibhav April 24, 2007, 3:50 am

    The instructions were clear and concise.It rocked !

  • john April 24, 2007, 9:25 am

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

    Well done and thanks.

  • Santamelb April 24, 2007, 4:33 pm

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

  • Mungo April 24, 2007, 11:35 pm

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


  • Nic April 26, 2007, 7:12 pm

    Much appreciated!

  • BAzZ April 27, 2007, 3:43 pm

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


  • Niall April 28, 2007, 8:09 pm

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


  • Mike May 5, 2007, 7:16 pm

    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 May 7, 2007, 10:50 am

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

  • Vicente May 7, 2007, 5:40 pm

    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 May 8, 2007, 9:02 am

    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 May 9, 2007, 8:07 am

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

  • jordan May 11, 2007, 10:36 pm

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

  • mike May 13, 2007, 4:38 pm

    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

  • Gary May 19, 2007, 9:40 am

    Thank You!!!
    Worked great!

  • Arul Prasad May 20, 2007, 3:52 pm

    thanks :)

  • Yvonne May 20, 2007, 9:02 pm

    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 May 22, 2007, 6:35 am

    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 May 22, 2007, 12:06 pm

    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


  • Ignis May 23, 2007, 7:10 am

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

  • Jenna May 23, 2007, 5:01 pm

    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 May 24, 2007, 6:55 am

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

    Cheers! ^_^

  • SpaceMonkey May 26, 2007, 1:16 am

    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 June 2, 2007, 4:28 pm

    It was very easy.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Bill June 3, 2007, 1:26 am

    Thanks. Simple and helpful. Cheers

  • Dusty June 6, 2007, 4:08 pm

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

  • Kerri June 8, 2007, 10:10 am

    Thanks a lot, this was super helpful!

  • James June 9, 2007, 5:28 am

    Thank you SO much! Extremely helpful. Worked perfectly!

  • Jan June 10, 2007, 10:30 am

    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 June 11, 2007, 9:32 am

    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 June 11, 2007, 3:08 pm

    Thank you
    .flac sux

  • Tin June 13, 2007, 4:18 pm

    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 June 14, 2007, 2:19 am

    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 June 14, 2007, 2:37 am

    Great help, thanks!

  • Mew June 16, 2007, 11:19 am

    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 June 17, 2007, 6:43 am

    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 June 18, 2007, 4:05 am

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

  • Robin June 19, 2007, 11:45 pm

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

  • steelhips June 20, 2007, 9:26 am

    Many, many thanks – clear concise and it works!

  • kikovilela June 21, 2007, 11:03 am

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


  • Nyx June 22, 2007, 10:41 am

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

  • Eric June 25, 2007, 9:49 am

    Thanks very much for this well put together guide.

  • Cuervo June 25, 2007, 11:59 am

    Great guide. Thanks for the effort.

  • Aman July 3, 2007, 7:44 pm

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

  • Susan July 5, 2007, 4:37 pm

    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 July 7, 2007, 1:07 am


  • Albert Hartmann July 7, 2007, 6:25 am

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

  • Vishal from India July 7, 2007, 5:13 pm

    Dude You R Fuckin Brilliant

  • Nick July 7, 2007, 10:18 pm


  • Stephen July 8, 2007, 4:46 am

    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!

  • apmc July 8, 2007, 6:06 am

    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 July 8, 2007, 8:23 am

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

  • Strikersgun July 8, 2007, 8:26 am

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

  • Ryuji July 8, 2007, 12:55 pm

    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 July 8, 2007, 11:17 pm

    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 July 12, 2007, 2:42 pm

    Worked like a charm – thanks a bunch!

  • Robin Bowes July 22, 2007, 4:54 am

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

    Details here:

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

  • samir July 22, 2007, 8:23 am

    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 July 22, 2007, 11:30 pm

    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 July 24, 2007, 7:58 pm

    Great Help. Thankx a lot

  • Tony July 30, 2007, 8:25 am

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

  • Tim July 30, 2007, 10:48 am

    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 July 30, 2007, 11:17 am

    Quick & easy, thanks for the detailed info.

  • tommy July 30, 2007, 4:43 pm

    Many thanks – nice and easy!

  • JOHN BERENFELD August 1, 2007, 3:03 am

    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.

  • Sunnyday August 1, 2007, 6:52 pm

    OMG you rock. Can you explain love?

  • ziovania August 3, 2007, 3:17 am

    Great, thanx :))

  • David August 3, 2007, 11:00 am

    This tutorial is awesome, thanks so much!

  • Carra August 4, 2007, 11:06 am

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

  • DH613 August 7, 2007, 9:58 am

    Thank you so much. It really helped a lot.

  • what-handel? August 7, 2007, 9:46 pm

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

  • Jason August 7, 2007, 9:54 pm

    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 August 8, 2007, 6:48 pm

    dude..your awesome :) thanks!

  • Mike August 10, 2007, 11:35 am

    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.

  • Ross McKillop August 10, 2007, 11:46 am


    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 August 10, 2007, 8:47 pm

    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 August 13, 2007, 5:25 am

    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 August 13, 2007, 6:31 pm

    wonderful. very easy. and it worked.


  • Ajufan August 14, 2007, 4:40 am

    Hey that works! WOW! so simple! LOL

  • Michael Una August 14, 2007, 11:29 am

    Tanks. Muchly.

  • Jaime August 14, 2007, 8:00 pm


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

    Thanks again.

    BEst regards from Mexico.

  • Cameron August 15, 2007, 7:16 pm

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

  • Jobbehhh August 16, 2007, 10:20 am


  • Adam August 18, 2007, 2:32 pm

    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 August 18, 2007, 2:34 pm

    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 August 19, 2007, 11:53 am

    Thanks! :) This was very useful

  • Tiffany August 19, 2007, 8:11 pm

    OMG you rock. Thank you SO much.

  • Demache August 22, 2007, 4:08 pm

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

  • David August 26, 2007, 3:59 pm

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

  • Ana August 27, 2007, 3:03 pm

    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 August 28, 2007, 4:27 am

    Thank you.

  • William Warren August 28, 2007, 9:15 am


  • Dhananjay August 31, 2007, 10:10 am

    Explained beautifully! Thank you very much.

  • John August 31, 2007, 9:00 pm

    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 September 2, 2007, 10:55 pm

    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks

  • Dan September 5, 2007, 7:20 pm

    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 September 7, 2007, 12:09 am

    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 September 7, 2007, 9:22 am

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

  • rich September 7, 2007, 10:00 am

    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 September 8, 2007, 3:38 am

    Thanx, that was really easy.

  • bc September 9, 2007, 1:09 pm

    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 September 10, 2007, 7:48 am

    The testimonials say it all……

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

    Many thanks, Ross

    Best regards


  • Mike September 10, 2007, 6:06 pm

    Thanx for your support!!!

    It was great your help!

  • Chont September 18, 2007, 1:04 am

    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 September 18, 2007, 9:57 pm

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

  • Geo September 19, 2007, 4:51 pm

    Thank you very much. It worked great.

  • Grant Philips September 20, 2007, 12:23 am

    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 September 23, 2007, 4:43 am

    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 September 23, 2007, 10:57 am

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

  • jr72 September 24, 2007, 2:09 pm

    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 September 26, 2007, 7:39 pm

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

  • Haley September 28, 2007, 5:23 pm

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

  • Josip October 2, 2007, 6:35 am

    Thank you for help!

  • unugunu October 4, 2007, 2:01 pm

    thank you for this. :) wonderful guide!

  • Bigal October 8, 2007, 9:04 am

    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 October 8, 2007, 4:53 pm

    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 October 8, 2007, 4:58 pm

    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 October 9, 2007, 12:03 pm

    thx alot… brilliant

  • Gman October 9, 2007, 2:06 pm

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

  • Am October 10, 2007, 5:03 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.

  • icedearth October 10, 2007, 11:45 am

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

  • Jocelyn October 11, 2007, 8:20 pm

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

  • Meg October 12, 2007, 12:26 am

    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 October 12, 2007, 10:43 pm

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

  • eric October 13, 2007, 6:47 pm

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

  • Henry October 13, 2007, 11:51 pm

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

  • David October 14, 2007, 1:26 am

    This info is a life saver! Many thanks

  • Sean October 14, 2007, 4:58 am

    cheers buddy

  • Jim October 14, 2007, 6:10 pm

    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,

  • Ross McKillop October 14, 2007, 7:00 pm


    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 October 16, 2007, 5:03 pm

    Ross, thanks for the perfect instructions. Worked flawlessly.


  • stephen mccutcheon October 18, 2007, 1:44 am

    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 October 19, 2007, 7:29 am

    This was awesome. Worked fast and easy. Thanks

  • Paul October 21, 2007, 9:13 am

    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 October 22, 2007, 3:29 am

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

  • Chris Hutchinson October 24, 2007, 8:19 pm

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

  • Arun October 24, 2007, 10:25 pm

    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 October 26, 2007, 10:55 pm

    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.

  • sadiw October 27, 2007, 3:55 pm

    dis website is tite

  • Saurabh October 27, 2007, 7:54 pm

    Thanks a ton buddy

  • crowsus October 29, 2007, 5:29 pm

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

  • JJ November 3, 2007, 4:40 am

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

  • Ryan S November 3, 2007, 6:21 pm

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

  • saleh maraheel November 5, 2007, 6:09 am

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

    Peace love and chicken grease

  • CallMeBlu November 5, 2007, 9:22 am

    Just what I was looking for. Thanks

  • kboyd November 6, 2007, 5:12 pm

    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 November 7, 2007, 5:56 am

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

  • nanobot November 8, 2007, 12:22 am

    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 November 8, 2007, 11:14 am

    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.

  • ANTHONY November 9, 2007, 6:09 am

    Easy and well explained, thanks a bunch

  • bluespiral November 10, 2007, 4:14 pm

    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 November 11, 2007, 9:50 am

    amazing instructions. thank you so much!

  • Susie November 12, 2007, 4:13 pm

    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 November 13, 2007, 12:19 pm

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

  • Jules November 13, 2007, 7:17 pm

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

    Well done, it’s a nice little trick.

    Arrggghhhh me heartie.

  • Mehdi November 17, 2007, 9:39 am

    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 November 17, 2007, 3:18 pm

    thanks a lot for the info.more power

  • Ed November 18, 2007, 3:28 pm

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

  • mihir November 21, 2007, 9:44 pm

    thanks guys!! big help

  • Sean November 25, 2007, 3:34 pm

    Thanks pal, worked perfect.

  • Matt P November 25, 2007, 6:19 pm

    Perfect instructions. Worked beautifully!

  • Jeff November 26, 2007, 3:24 am

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


  • Brian Dooley November 27, 2007, 9:29 am

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

    B Dooley

  • Kathleen November 28, 2007, 5:40 pm

    Thank you! This was very helpful.

  • Simon November 30, 2007, 3:15 pm

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

  • † December 1, 2007, 9:13 pm

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

  • freak December 4, 2007, 7:18 am

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

  • bOnN December 6, 2007, 2:05 am

    thnx for that leSSon tHat iVe LeaRneD

  • bzImage December 9, 2007, 11:17 pm

    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)

  • neizod December 11, 2007, 6:15 am

    Thank you very much.
    Easy but great!

  • Shags December 11, 2007, 3:22 pm

    Thanks mate! Much appreciated.

  • Daniel December 11, 2007, 8:16 pm

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

  • Karl December 12, 2007, 6:59 pm


    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 December 17, 2007, 1:23 am

    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 December 18, 2007, 12:07 pm

    Excellent – well written and easy to understand

  • Mute December 18, 2007, 8:41 pm

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

  • jai December 19, 2007, 2:30 am

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

  • Peter December 19, 2007, 7:25 am

    It works. Great instructions. Enough said !

  • Robbie December 19, 2007, 10:49 am

    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 December 19, 2007, 10:50 am

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

  • B Reed December 20, 2007, 6:08 pm

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

    Wish all files converted that fast.

  • Cass December 21, 2007, 10:58 am

    Thank you! Really helpful!

  • Kid Forbin December 21, 2007, 7:07 pm

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

    Boy. Man. God. Shhhhhh…

  • Kid Forbin December 21, 2007, 7:25 pm

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    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 December 22, 2007, 5:17 am

    Thanks a lot. Easy and clear.

  • Josh December 24, 2007, 12:42 am

    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!

  • Sir Michael December 26, 2007, 8:14 am

    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 December 28, 2007, 1:33 pm

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

  • iKon January 1, 2008, 7:32 pm

    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 January 2, 2008, 4:53 pm

    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 January 2, 2008, 8:37 pm

    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 January 3, 2008, 1:50 pm

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

  • hooky January 3, 2008, 2:28 pm

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

    thanks very much man

  • nir January 3, 2008, 4:23 pm

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

  • me January 3, 2008, 11:41 pm

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

  • Tim January 5, 2008, 2:12 pm

    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 January 6, 2008, 12:23 pm

    Perfect! Thanks very much!!

  • Roger January 7, 2008, 1:40 pm


    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 January 9, 2008, 8:13 pm

    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 January 14, 2008, 8:07 am


  • Magnobia January 15, 2008, 6:03 am

    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 January 15, 2008, 2:06 pm

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

  • Random Person January 19, 2008, 3:43 pm

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

  • albert_2mb January 24, 2008, 5:16 am

    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 January 26, 2008, 12:34 am

    Good work by whoever put this page together. Thanks.

  • Finnegan January 28, 2008, 9:59 am

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

  • jo February 1, 2008, 12:15 am

    Hi guys,

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

  • Mike February 1, 2008, 9:20 am


  • Don February 9, 2008, 7:55 am

    That was great so easy…

  • Douche February 9, 2008, 1:56 pm


    That was really great, easy to follow and everything.

  • Eddie February 16, 2008, 7:35 am

    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 February 17, 2008, 10:25 am

    This is a great help. Thank you very much.

  • Peter February 18, 2008, 12:49 pm

    This works Fine THANKS

  • V.Son February 19, 2008, 10:03 am

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

  • Kurt February 19, 2008, 2:41 pm

    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 February 23, 2008, 3:13 am

    Wow thanks for the help! Worked perfect!

  • andrew February 23, 2008, 10:03 am

    Great description! Worked perfectly! Thanks a bunch!

  • Martin February 25, 2008, 9:53 am

    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 February 26, 2008, 11:09 am

    Thank you – simple to follow, perfect instructions!

  • Sam February 26, 2008, 5:30 pm

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

  • Paul February 28, 2008, 1:33 am

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

  • Simon March 2, 2008, 12:51 pm

    Worked like a dream dude, as the rest said!

  • lisa March 3, 2008, 9:26 am

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

  • Ben March 6, 2008, 11:56 pm

    Your a legend mate cheers

  • Salman (from india) March 7, 2008, 9:43 am

    thanks a ton !, ‘t wrked perfect….

  • Stuart Sadler March 10, 2008, 7:41 am

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

  • Francis March 11, 2008, 3:00 pm

    Great job !! Thx a million.

  • adam March 13, 2008, 7:05 pm

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

  • leanne March 14, 2008, 8:48 pm

    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 March 15, 2008, 8:42 pm

    Thanks a lot for the guide, much appreciated

  • reese March 16, 2008, 8:04 pm

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

  • J March 17, 2008, 8:33 am

    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 March 17, 2008, 9:40 am

    thanks, worked great for me

  • sarah March 17, 2008, 8:01 pm

    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 March 24, 2008, 4:31 am

    Awesome write up. Thanks a million.

    Songs sound incredible.

  • Tony March 24, 2008, 4:37 pm

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

  • jacm March 26, 2008, 12:17 am

    thank you very much..
    it helps….

  • kyle March 26, 2008, 6:23 pm

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

  • Pez March 28, 2008, 4:51 am

    Thank you so much,

    Great tutorial, quick and helpful.

  • JimBob March 28, 2008, 6:45 pm

    Worked perfectly thanks a ton

  • john March 28, 2008, 8:47 pm

    great help, thank you!

  • jo April 3, 2008, 1:40 pm

    wow thanks for the blog post maaan!!

    really helped with converting crazy FLACs and M4As to WAV

    so thanks very much!!!

  • IT Rtard April 8, 2008, 1:14 am

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

    I adore webpages like this.

  • Goce April 8, 2008, 2:10 am

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

  • Louis Reeves April 8, 2008, 5:04 pm

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

  • Paul Knox April 11, 2008, 12:18 pm

    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 April 12, 2008, 2:42 pm

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

  • JaGo April 13, 2008, 9:51 am


    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!!!

  • Ross McKillop April 13, 2008, 10:25 am


    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 April 15, 2008, 3:53 pm

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

  • Lady April 17, 2008, 4:42 pm

    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 April 19, 2008, 8:24 pm

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

  • Gaz April 22, 2008, 9:25 am

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

  • SAH April 27, 2008, 4:37 pm

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

  • Dragut April 28, 2008, 11:37 am

    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 April 30, 2008, 11:37 am

    kudos to john. worked perfectly.

  • JohnDoe May 1, 2008, 6:31 am

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

  • Krille May 2, 2008, 8:56 am

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

  • david May 5, 2008, 4:22 am

    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 May 8, 2008, 9:43 pm

    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

  • Kate May 17, 2008, 3:37 pm

    Thank you!

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

    Much appreciation.

  • Halfdan May 18, 2008, 10:37 am

    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 May 20, 2008, 5:37 am

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

  • Glenn May 21, 2008, 12:53 am

    Thanks for the help!

  • jimbo May 22, 2008, 7:52 pm

    hey thanks all free programs and siple clear web / screenshots

  • kg May 24, 2008, 10:09 am

    Thank you for your help. Perfect instructions.

  • Tracy May 25, 2008, 1:11 am

    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.

  • Seiaku May 25, 2008, 6:39 am

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

  • Sojourner May 28, 2008, 1:23 am

    Thank you.

  • TBC May 29, 2008, 4:22 am

    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 May 31, 2008, 4:41 am

    Thank you!

    very helpfull

  • yellahfellah June 1, 2008, 12:00 am

    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…

  • Bill Foggon June 1, 2008, 4:20 pm


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

    Great help

    Thanks again

  • Tim June 3, 2008, 6:19 am

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

  • Jason June 3, 2008, 8:48 pm

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

  • GrandMarxMaster June 13, 2008, 11:16 am

    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!

  • Sarah June 14, 2008, 6:01 am

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

  • Bob Bytchen June 14, 2008, 9:06 am

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

  • Jos June 15, 2008, 2:23 am

    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 June 15, 2008, 2:24 am

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

  • Billy June 15, 2008, 8:39 am

    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!!!!

  • ryaz June 15, 2008, 2:11 pm

    F****ing amazing , cheers :D

  • mick1303 June 16, 2008, 10:01 am

    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 June 18, 2008, 2:51 pm

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

  • Lorène June 19, 2008, 3:07 am

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

  • dr. doom June 19, 2008, 11:42 am

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

  • dude with computardation June 20, 2008, 7:14 pm

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

  • Andrew June 21, 2008, 10:59 am

    Perfect! You’re a star, thanks!

  • required June 21, 2008, 9:34 pm

    salamat kaau ani ^_^

  • bb June 23, 2008, 3:53 pm

    worked PERFECTLY first time….

  • daycare2112 June 24, 2008, 2:14 pm

    Why do you not want to convert to .aac?

  • Fred June 26, 2008, 4:13 am

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

  • ben June 29, 2008, 1:21 pm

    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 June 30, 2008, 6:56 am

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

    Thank you!

  • mike July 2, 2008, 8:04 pm

    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 July 4, 2008, 1:06 pm

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

  • Anthony July 4, 2008, 11:33 pm

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

  • Paddy O July 7, 2008, 10:16 pm

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

  • P-Funk July 8, 2008, 1:44 am

    Thank YOU THANK YOU!!!

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

  • Will July 9, 2008, 5:56 am

    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 July 9, 2008, 6:06 am

    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 July 9, 2008, 10:23 pm

    Thanks dude; helped me out.

  • zouc July 12, 2008, 6:54 pm

    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.

  • Metal Hurricane July 13, 2008, 11:15 am

    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 July 14, 2008, 3:00 am

    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 July 14, 2008, 11:31 am

    thanks! very concise…great job!

  • Harpic July 14, 2008, 1:43 pm

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

  • snortingmercury July 16, 2008, 4:39 pm

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

  • bigted July 17, 2008, 6:20 pm

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

  • Mo Baz July 17, 2008, 10:31 pm

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

  • Opus July 21, 2008, 12:09 pm

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

  • Sugarfoot July 21, 2008, 9:21 pm

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

  • N.Chandan July 22, 2008, 11:05 pm

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

  • The Rogue Cellist July 23, 2008, 1:50 pm

    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 July 23, 2008, 8:00 pm

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

  • tlh July 24, 2008, 8:24 am

    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 July 26, 2008, 6:57 am

    Thank you :)

  • LuciferLight July 27, 2008, 1:06 am

    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 July 29, 2008, 4:27 am

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

  • chris July 29, 2008, 5:21 am

    spot on bro!

  • Pen July 29, 2008, 4:26 pm

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

  • Raul July 29, 2008, 7:03 pm

    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 July 30, 2008, 11:48 am

    Thanks, it worked 4 me!!!

  • bramble August 1, 2008, 10:14 am

    it’s like… magic LOL ;)

  • Marie August 2, 2008, 4:21 pm

    Excellent tutorial. Thanks a bunch! <3

  • Mark August 3, 2008, 5:15 am

    Very helpful. Thank you.

  • xerxes August 3, 2008, 6:52 am


  • edd August 3, 2008, 4:37 pm

    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 August 4, 2008, 5:29 am

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

  • kate August 5, 2008, 4:58 am

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

  • SCOTT August 5, 2008, 10:16 pm

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

  • Adam August 6, 2008, 3:48 pm

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

  • Glenn August 10, 2008, 10:02 am

    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 August 10, 2008, 10:51 pm

    this worked perfectly, thank you!

  • K8T August 12, 2008, 7:23 pm

    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?

  • jcroldan August 13, 2008, 4:17 pm

    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.

  • Roberto August 18, 2008, 2:15 pm

    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 August 23, 2008, 10:08 pm

    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 August 27, 2008, 10:27 pm


  • Polly August 27, 2008, 10:34 pm

    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?

  • Gabe September 1, 2008, 7:51 am

    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 September 1, 2008, 3:21 pm

    Thank you for great tip and tutorial!

    *skip away while listening fav music on phone*

  • hilaire September 2, 2008, 1:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing the tips.

  • Alia September 3, 2008, 2:19 am

    Thank you.

  • Sunil September 6, 2008, 7:34 am

    Thanks a lot for great instructions.

  • rcoldar piagnoo September 7, 2008, 3:25 am

    salamat as in thank you very much!!!

  • Derek September 13, 2008, 3:37 pm

    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 September 20, 2008, 5:33 pm

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

  • Matthew September 22, 2008, 6:45 am

    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 October 3, 2008, 7:38 am

    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 October 8, 2008, 1:11 am

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

  • Aggeliki October 12, 2008, 1:33 pm

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

  • Jen October 12, 2008, 5:02 pm

    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 October 12, 2008, 7:49 pm

    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 October 12, 2008, 9:51 pm

    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 October 20, 2008, 5:14 pm

    Thanks so much, saved me a ton of time.

  • Haru-chan October 22, 2008, 6:35 am

    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 October 27, 2008, 1:04 pm

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

  • may November 5, 2008, 12:14 am

    great help, thank you

  • Nickel November 5, 2008, 4:10 pm

    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 November 8, 2008, 2:34 am

    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 November 11, 2008, 1:54 am

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

  • sar November 14, 2008, 8:20 pm

    thanks really thanks!!

  • viv November 22, 2008, 3:46 pm

    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 November 24, 2008, 10:20 pm

    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 November 25, 2008, 9:55 am

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

  • Gregory November 25, 2008, 12:00 pm

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

  • LeeAnn November 29, 2008, 11:18 am

    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?

  • Phi_Slut December 5, 2008, 3:42 am

    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 December 14, 2008, 5:26 am

    thaks very much it s really easy and stuff

  • Caia December 16, 2008, 7:12 pm

    Yes – it worked for – easy yo follow – thanks

  • Burhon December 17, 2008, 1:08 pm

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

  • dave matthews lover December 18, 2008, 1:20 am

    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. December 19, 2008, 10:19 pm

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

  • Anni December 20, 2008, 5:04 am

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

  • Pilchy December 21, 2008, 9:26 pm

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

  • Rusty December 24, 2008, 4:06 am

    Worked like a charm thanks!

  • Sammi December 24, 2008, 8:04 am

    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 December 27, 2008, 3:25 am

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

  • GnomeThrower December 30, 2008, 3:25 pm

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

  • Jimmy January 3, 2009, 5:50 pm

    Thanks a lot this guide was perfect! :)

  • ronald widha January 8, 2009, 10:04 am

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

  • marla January 10, 2009, 10:30 am

    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?

  • marla January 10, 2009, 10:38 am

    nvm. I figured it out. Thankss. :)

    This was fantastic. <3

  • Andre January 14, 2009, 5:53 pm

    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.

  • Blake January 18, 2009, 2:19 am

    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 January 19, 2009, 3:32 pm

    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 January 20, 2009, 4:49 pm

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

  • Tatiana January 24, 2009, 9:48 am

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

  • bigbadbane January 26, 2009, 3:57 pm

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

  • Sophie January 26, 2009, 5:47 pm

    THANK YOU! This works AMAZINGLY and sooo easy <3

  • anca stan January 27, 2009, 4:34 am

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

  • Volpi January 27, 2009, 10:30 am


    Easy and clear!!

  • Tom January 27, 2009, 3:20 pm

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

  • paul January 28, 2009, 2:14 am

    thanks very simple to use guide much appreciated

  • Marco tiberini January 28, 2009, 3:08 am

    Thanks a lot for the help! M.

  • PaulE February 2, 2009, 3:48 pm

    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 February 3, 2009, 3:38 am

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

  • harry dissel February 5, 2009, 1:41 am


    Hoe kan ik cass bestanden omzetten naar mp3?

  • Chester Barton February 5, 2009, 7:41 pm

    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.



  • Ross McKillop February 5, 2009, 10:10 pm


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


  • n4vys3a7 February 6, 2009, 8:30 am

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

  • Paul February 8, 2009, 9:53 am

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

  • john February 8, 2009, 9:00 pm

    worked great for me. thanks.

  • Paul February 9, 2009, 6:34 am

    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.

  • ayos! February 14, 2009, 10:03 am

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

  • Kris February 18, 2009, 2:09 am

    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 February 18, 2009, 11:25 am

    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 February 21, 2009, 10:47 am

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

  • geeman February 28, 2009, 8:36 am

    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 March 3, 2009, 12:41 pm

    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 March 3, 2009, 1:00 pm

    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 March 3, 2009, 11:29 pm

    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)

  • Mike Y March 10, 2009, 7:09 pm

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

  • Chris March 13, 2009, 6:07 pm

    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 March 17, 2009, 9:42 am


  • Marie March 18, 2009, 2:18 pm

    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 March 18, 2009, 9:28 pm

    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 March 20, 2009, 11:27 pm

    thanks a lot
    flac had become a headake to me

  • tracy March 21, 2009, 10:49 am

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

  • KST March 22, 2009, 11:04 am

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

  • Jerome March 22, 2009, 4:19 pm

    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

  • Andrew March 27, 2009, 12:08 pm

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

  • Jason March 30, 2009, 7:29 pm

    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!! :)

  • sillyname March 31, 2009, 10:34 am

    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 April 1, 2009, 1:35 pm

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

  • bobthebuilder April 2, 2009, 5:07 pm

    appreciate it, thanks a ton

  • emily April 2, 2009, 11:51 pm

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

  • aileen April 4, 2009, 12:58 pm

    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 April 6, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Extremely helpful! Thank you SO much!

  • ryan April 10, 2009, 1:51 pm

    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 April 11, 2009, 5:29 pm

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

  • Kim April 12, 2009, 5:57 pm

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

    In short, everything that help should be.


  • Sam April 13, 2009, 7:16 pm


  • Steve April 16, 2009, 12:35 am

    simplest way possible. fantastic!

  • Matt April 19, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Great instructions! I did not encounter a single problem.

  • Dave April 28, 2009, 5:17 am

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

  • Bryce April 29, 2009, 9:55 pm

    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 April 29, 2009, 10:37 pm

    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 May 3, 2009, 1:38 pm

    A million thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • CGoff117 May 7, 2009, 4:38 pm

    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!

  • Mike May 16, 2009, 7:58 pm

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

  • Fred May 22, 2009, 3:52 pm

    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 May 22, 2009, 5:53 pm

    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 May 30, 2009, 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the help… much appreciated

  • Sam June 1, 2009, 7:06 pm

    Thanks very much. Very helpful.

  • Chris June 2, 2009, 9:09 am

    Thanks a ton..very helpful!

  • Matt June 3, 2009, 7:08 pm

    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 June 5, 2009, 9:35 am

    Thanks !!! IT worked like a charm !!

  • Alan June 7, 2009, 9:23 pm

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

    Thanks again!

  • Rachel June 11, 2009, 11:55 am

    This was an excellent guide; thankyou very much!

  • Johnny June 11, 2009, 1:38 pm

    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 June 12, 2009, 4:50 am

    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.

  • Danny June 12, 2009, 7:37 pm

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

  • Ankur June 14, 2009, 4:57 am

    very useful, thanks

  • PG June 16, 2009, 7:48 am

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

  • aj lawson June 17, 2009, 7:50 pm

    thanks a whole bunch!

  • F Quinn June 18, 2009, 6:41 pm

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

  • KingPin June 18, 2009, 11:58 pm

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

  • lokal June 27, 2009, 2:55 pm

    good!! thanks

  • Kigen June 30, 2009, 3:27 pm

    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 July 2, 2009, 11:35 pm

    Thank you a lot :D

  • Edril D.Napallad July 9, 2009, 3:26 pm

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

  • Ali July 13, 2009, 5:01 am

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

  • Paul July 13, 2009, 7:47 am

    Most appreciated, thanks very much.

  • kt July 15, 2009, 11:06 am

    Thanks SO much!! very much appreciated

  • Raulis July 27, 2009, 11:19 am

    super description – thx!

  • Kendall July 29, 2009, 10:54 pm

    Thanks so much, very helpful instructions!

  • khurram malik August 1, 2009, 8:20 pm

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

  • airmanchairman August 2, 2009, 4:55 am

    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 August 2, 2009, 6:44 am

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

  • PDB August 2, 2009, 10:19 am

    Great instructions! Thanks!

  • captain_neo August 6, 2009, 7:25 pm

    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 August 7, 2009, 12:59 pm


    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

  • Arch Stanton August 8, 2009, 5:52 pm


  • Mark Fraser August 9, 2009, 3:45 am

    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 August 14, 2009, 2:51 am

    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 August 14, 2009, 3:16 pm

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

  • Roarke August 15, 2009, 8:00 am

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

  • Andy August 19, 2009, 7:40 pm

    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.

  • Andy August 19, 2009, 9:37 pm

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

  • guy August 23, 2009, 2:30 am

    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 September 2, 2009, 4:16 pm

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

  • tj September 10, 2009, 12:40 pm

    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 September 12, 2009, 5:53 pm

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

  • Rudigan September 12, 2009, 11:46 pm

    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 September 13, 2009, 10:28 am

    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 September 14, 2009, 3:25 pm

    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 September 27, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Thanks a lot!!!

  • Chucho320 September 29, 2009, 12:13 pm

    Awesome. Converting right now. Thanks a ton.

  • Stan September 30, 2009, 7:09 am

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

  • Yassmin October 2, 2009, 3:56 pm

    Thanks! Just what I needed.

  • Aayush October 3, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Great guide , thank you !

  • JumboSkrimp October 8, 2009, 5:26 pm

    You’re my hero!! Thanks soo much.

  • Kingsley de los Santos October 9, 2009, 5:56 pm

    No Sweat!

  • Alex October 13, 2009, 5:59 am

    Great! Thanks

  • Allyra October 14, 2009, 3:19 am

    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 October 17, 2009, 6:38 am

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

  • Alvaro Degives-Mas October 17, 2009, 1:39 pm

    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 October 26, 2009, 12:52 am

    awesome!!!!! thanks so much!

  • Jay Barney October 26, 2009, 4:51 pm

    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 October 26, 2009, 7:27 pm

    this is just great. simple, no sweat instructions!

  • Lily October 28, 2009, 9:21 am

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

  • mike November 7, 2009, 1:56 pm

    great tut, everthing worked and flow perfectly.

  • bluebelldell November 11, 2009, 8:29 am

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

  • Mariya November 19, 2009, 1:30 pm

    Wow tnx so much!

  • asdfasdgafg November 19, 2009, 8:04 pm

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

  • DJ Kozz November 24, 2009, 3:11 am

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

  • Lawrence Romero November 28, 2009, 8:30 pm

    Flac url is broken
    new url
    very nice site

  • nixer6er November 30, 2009, 7:00 pm

    Thankyou soooo much!

  • alex December 7, 2009, 3:06 pm

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

  • Thomas December 13, 2009, 11:10 pm

    Thank you, very, very VERY much ;)

  • SG December 14, 2009, 8:28 pm

    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 December 15, 2009, 12:49 pm

    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 December 25, 2009, 2:41 am

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

  • Greek December 30, 2009, 8:37 am

    You are great! Thanks a lot…

  • Randall December 30, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Thanks!!! Very helpful and easy to understand.

  • Angie January 4, 2010, 8:34 am

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

  • nicole January 5, 2010, 10:29 pm


  • David Vanderschel January 5, 2010, 10:44 pm

    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 January 6, 2010, 3:03 pm

    Thank you so much for this guide!

  • Prima January 9, 2010, 4:52 am

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

  • Mags January 13, 2010, 8:35 am

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

  • Michelle January 15, 2010, 8:34 am

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

  • Yogi January 18, 2010, 6:32 pm

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

  • Tuvia January 21, 2010, 5:00 am

    Thanks a million!

  • garrett January 26, 2010, 1:50 am

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

  • Lindsay January 28, 2010, 10:24 pm

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

  • Mark February 8, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Great Tut! Thanks!

  • jessica February 10, 2010, 10:49 am

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

  • Dom February 11, 2010, 12:32 am

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

  • Jay February 15, 2010, 9:07 am

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

  • Tobias Funke March 8, 2010, 3:37 pm

    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 March 11, 2010, 8:47 am

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

  • Pedro Carvalho March 16, 2010, 2:01 pm

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

  • Bree March 17, 2010, 5:07 am


  • someguy March 22, 2010, 3:25 pm

    thank u so much

  • doug March 28, 2010, 10:56 am

    thanks a lot man.

  • jane March 29, 2010, 8:08 pm

    i officially ♥ whoever wrote this,

  • Magda April 3, 2010, 7:07 pm

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

  • LOSSLESS April 5, 2010, 7:43 am

    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?

  • LOSSLESS April 5, 2010, 8:57 am

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

  • Zyk April 8, 2010, 11:50 am

    Thanks, man, this helped me a lot.

  • dram April 18, 2010, 1:48 pm

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

  • Sig R April 19, 2010, 6:03 pm

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

  • leo April 24, 2010, 10:49 am

    These instructions worked really well for me. Many thanks.

  • Alice April 26, 2010, 1:04 am

    This was perfect. Thanks so much!

  • James April 27, 2010, 12:29 am

    Wow Great Post
    Many Many Thanks

  • Mithila April 28, 2010, 9:31 am

    Brilliant! So simple, thank you.

  • james April 29, 2010, 11:29 am

    thanks advice was great and worked perfectly

  • Joanna D. May 13, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Worked great, thanks so much!

  • Katie Mac May 17, 2010, 9:17 pm

    This was extremely helpful. Thanks so much!

  • ber May 23, 2010, 6:30 am

    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 May 31, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the well-written explanation. Super helpful.

  • Ashley June 12, 2010, 4:28 am

    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 June 15, 2010, 6:30 pm

    It worked great! I LOVE YOU!

  • Me June 22, 2010, 10:18 am

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

  • ano June 30, 2010, 9:48 am


  • James July 7, 2010, 1:52 pm

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

  • Nancy July 9, 2010, 10:09 am

    Thank you, this is great info!!

  • ttnguyen July 13, 2010, 4:48 pm

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

  • Caebron July 16, 2010, 3:00 pm

    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 July 24, 2010, 2:06 am

    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 July 26, 2010, 1:19 am

    thanks, very helpful.

  • Leo July 26, 2010, 9:13 am

    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 July 31, 2010, 8:57 am

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

  • Ross McKillop July 31, 2010, 10:11 am

    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 August 14, 2010, 2:03 am

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

  • Vlad August 15, 2010, 6:50 am

    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 August 20, 2010, 4:52 pm

    exactly to the point… tnk’s!*

  • Erica August 22, 2010, 4:26 am

    Thanks! This was very helpful!

  • patricia August 23, 2010, 6:37 am

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

  • Sean September 2, 2010, 5:01 pm

    fantastic guide, thank you.

  • Dion September 17, 2010, 4:40 am


  • Caitlyn September 18, 2010, 7:21 am

    You’re an angel :) thanks

  • Jenn Lail September 25, 2010, 5:37 pm

    You are amazing.

  • clephane October 2, 2010, 11:32 am

    thanks a million – great instructions and worked a treat!

  • jargennorth October 4, 2010, 10:22 am

    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 October 5, 2010, 11:34 am

    Many thanks, instructions were spot on

  • Marc October 16, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Thank you! Such good instructions

  • Knut October 17, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Kjempegreier:) Takk for hjelpa!

    Highly appreciated

  • Felipe Ivanicska October 17, 2010, 10:50 pm

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


  • Mike October 17, 2010, 10:54 pm

    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 October 29, 2010, 5:26 am

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

  • MrEClass November 1, 2010, 2:17 pm

    This was a fantastic method for converting flac to mp3.

    Thank you very much!

  • Genia November 2, 2010, 11:57 am

    thank you very much!!!! :)

  • Rohit November 8, 2010, 8:24 am

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

  • Brandon November 17, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Thank you so much!! helped a lot :D

  • Boris November 20, 2010, 2:10 pm

    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 November 26, 2010, 11:59 am

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

  • Tade November 26, 2010, 1:46 pm

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

  • PuterNerd November 29, 2010, 8:56 pm

    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 November 30, 2010, 5:08 am

    This works perfectly! thanks so much!

  • J.A. Castro December 1, 2010, 3:00 am

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


  • wilda December 7, 2010, 6:41 am

    Work well, instructions very clear and easy to follow

  • Gary Wade December 10, 2010, 1:05 am

    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 December 11, 2010, 2:49 am

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

  • Chris December 13, 2010, 11:38 pm

    Helpful, thank you.

  • EP December 14, 2010, 9:31 am

    this worked great, thank you!!!

  • Phil December 16, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the very easy and practical help with this matter

  • Grateful December 17, 2010, 11:19 am

    Excellent instructions, thanks very much

  • Aguilar December 20, 2010, 1:42 pm

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

  • Bogdan December 22, 2010, 4:05 am

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

  • eks December 22, 2010, 11:34 pm

    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 December 23, 2010, 9:26 pm

    thanks so much for the information it was very helpful!

  • Bob Jones December 31, 2010, 2:25 pm

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

  • Siobhan January 2, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Thank You so much!!!

  • gen January 5, 2011, 9:31 pm

    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 January 6, 2011, 4:53 am

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

  • Nigro January 19, 2011, 11:28 pm

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

  • Marcel January 29, 2011, 4:52 am

    nice one mate, that was easy. cheers !

  • m. perry February 2, 2011, 3:10 pm

    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!

  • Esther February 7, 2011, 4:13 pm

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

  • Ross McKillop February 7, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Esther – you have great taste in music! :)

  • Maximum Overtroll February 13, 2011, 12:59 pm

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

  • antimere February 14, 2011, 3:47 pm

    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. February 16, 2011, 9:48 pm

    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 February 25, 2011, 6:03 pm

    Thank you very much. Clear and easy.

  • kenneth duncan March 6, 2011, 10:44 pm

    ur a bloody legend mate, thanx a bunch

  • Christian March 12, 2011, 8:42 pm

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

  • Jay March 13, 2011, 5:37 pm

    The instructions were very good – thank you very much.

  • G March 15, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Wow, you made that easy, thanks so much.

  • twinblades March 21, 2011, 4:30 pm

    Thanks great walk through very nice easy to do:)

  • WolverTX March 26, 2011, 6:39 am

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

  • basheer March 28, 2011, 3:05 am

    awesome!! very clear & worked… :-)

  • Juliet Wilson March 29, 2011, 9:52 am

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

  • ryan March 30, 2011, 10:41 am

    excellent instructions helped alot, thanks alot mate!!

  • Anna April 2, 2011, 11:29 pm

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

  • rob April 8, 2011, 5:38 am

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

  • freeyourmind April 18, 2011, 6:01 am

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

  • Maria Cassidy May 3, 2011, 4:21 pm

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

  • Mark May 4, 2011, 7:26 am

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

  • Razvan May 9, 2011, 2:56 pm

    10x! good job!

  • Alex May 9, 2011, 9:50 pm

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

  • Feliz May 16, 2011, 10:32 am

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

  • Stu June 5, 2011, 12:09 am

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

  • Guilherme de Souza June 5, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Excelente guide. Thanks for the help!

  • Jimmy June 13, 2011, 6:51 am

    Fantastic guide, thanks.

  • Mike July 3, 2011, 3:15 am

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

  • nigi July 11, 2011, 6:29 am

    THANK YOU!! Really helpful <3

  • ola July 16, 2011, 10:30 am

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

  • Janesa July 19, 2011, 4:00 pm

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

  • Sarah August 2, 2011, 2:33 pm

    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. August 13, 2011, 6:34 pm

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

  • Debra August 27, 2011, 12:30 pm

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

  • Denis August 27, 2011, 3:15 pm

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

  • Lily September 4, 2011, 9:43 am

    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 November 2, 2011, 2:55 pm

    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 November 12, 2011, 3:44 pm

    A thousand thank yous, sir! Awsome.

  • Marc November 12, 2011, 3:58 pm

    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 January 5, 2012, 8:38 pm

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

  • Angie January 11, 2012, 11:37 pm

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

  • Brady January 23, 2012, 3:07 pm

    This was really helpful. Thank you very much.

  • Chariff January 27, 2012, 7:57 pm

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

  • geordieboy February 20, 2012, 2:52 pm

    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 February 24, 2012, 4:31 am

    Very helpful … ! Thanks a lot!

  • Alexa March 16, 2012, 10:17 am

    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 March 24, 2012, 7:34 pm

    thanks so much for this! :)

  • Lily April 26, 2012, 12:10 am

    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 May 5, 2012, 4:12 am

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

  • Elenore June 14, 2012, 7:43 pm

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

  • carolyn June 18, 2012, 12:22 pm

    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 July 13, 2012, 6:15 am

    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 July 24, 2012, 11:24 am

    this is great!

  • Gary August 23, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Thank you very much for your time. Great job.

  • lance August 30, 2012, 10:38 am

    hey thanks so much! this is great!

  • laura August 31, 2012, 4:17 am

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

  • cagree September 7, 2012, 12:58 am

    thanks man :)

  • Ade September 7, 2012, 12:35 pm

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

  • JS September 12, 2012, 3:59 pm

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

  • cz September 23, 2012, 10:26 pm

    fantastic, thanks.

  • kallika September 30, 2012, 4:08 pm

    amazing!!!! thank you!!!

  • Ponificator October 19, 2012, 9:38 am

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

  • Judi October 22, 2012, 5:31 am

    Fantastic! Very much appreciated – thank you!

  • Fabianno Nascimento October 23, 2012, 9:10 pm

    Great!!! Thank you

  • Kiero.Maciej November 20, 2012, 5:33 am


  • teg November 29, 2012, 9:42 pm

    thank you! this is great! so helpful.

  • Drkngl6f6 December 17, 2012, 1:41 pm

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

  • f3ck4r January 18, 2013, 4:54 pm

    thank you!

  • Becks February 8, 2013, 8:54 pm

    Awesome! Totally worked :) Cheers

  • Graham September 10, 2013, 6:11 pm

    the trouble with this is that I hate Itunes!

  • Al November 25, 2013, 12:11 am

    Fanx very much for this info, much appreciated.

  • rachelgreenhappy July 11, 2014, 1:10 am

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

  • Mauricio The Souza December 30, 2014, 1:36 am

    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 December 30, 2014, 1:48 am

    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 May 25, 2015, 1:47 am

    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

  • passtune January 18, 2016, 11:46 pm

    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 January 24, 2016, 11:20 pm

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

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