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Free FLAC to MP3 converter, FLAC
mslag
post May 12 2011, 17:20
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Sorry this is a really generic question but I have Windows and I want a free FLAC to MP3 converter that you don't have to pay for/register. I downloaded FLAC to MP3 and it makes you register. Again, I apologize for my ignorance, but any programs or suggestions would really be appreciated.
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Nick.C
post May 12 2011, 18:04
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Foobar2000.


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lossyWAV -q X -a 4 --feedback 4| FLAC -8 ~= 320kbps
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post May 12 2011, 18:23
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QUOTE (mslag @ May 12 2011, 13:20) *
I downloaded FLAC to MP3 and it makes you register.


Just out of curiosity, what problem do you see in registering?
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post May 12 2011, 19:07
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QUOTE (thesurfingalien @ May 12 2011, 18:23) *
QUOTE (mslag @ May 12 2011, 13:20) *
I downloaded FLAC to MP3 and it makes you register.


Just out of curiosity, what problem do you see in registering?


Paying $30
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post May 12 2011, 19:22
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A couple other options:

LameDropXPd
XRECODE (This is the old free XRECODE. The current XRECODE II is $15 USD.)
Audacity (Audacity is an audio editor it's not that convenient if all you need to do is encode/convert files.)

(I don't work with FLAC that often, but I beileve the above tools will work.)


QUOTE (mslag @ May 12 2011, 11:07) *
Paying $30

FYI - You can find plenty of free MP3 encoders (usually based on LAME), but when you distribute an MP3 encoder, you are supposed to pay royalties. So, fully-licensed MP3 encoders are not free. I don't know if 'FLAC to MP3' is legitimate, and I would never pay for such software unless it's clear that it's legitimate... dBpoweramp and Winamp do pay their royalties and those programs are not free (for the versions that encode MP3). And, if you go to the LAME website, you will not find a functional (compiled) LAME encoder... just the raw source code.


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post May 12 2011, 20:11
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FOR /R %%I IN (*.flac) DO flac -d -c "%%I" | lame.exe -V 5 --vbr-new - "%%~nI.mp3"

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post May 12 2011, 20:57
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foobar2000 is free. It will both encode and decode the MP3 format for free as well through its graphical user interface (and almost any imaginable other audio format too, given that you provide the encoder executable).

You will need to supply the LAME encoder executable to foobar2000, which can be downloaded for free here : http://www.rarewares.org/mp3.php
(it's not the source code, but rather the compiled ready-to-go version)

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post May 12 2011, 22:26
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QUOTE (asmodood @ May 12 2011, 20:57) *
foobar2000 is free. It will both encode and decode the MP3 format for free as well through its graphical user interface (and almost any imaginable other audio format too, given that you provide the encoder executable).

You will need to supply the LAME encoder executable to foobar2000, which can be downloaded for free here : http://www.rarewares.org/mp3.php
(it's not the source code, but rather the compiled ready-to-go version)


Thanks everyone.
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post May 13 2011, 10:27
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OF course if you don't want to pay for a licensed encoder you could consider whether you "need" mp3. Maybe you could do as well with a free format like ogg/vorbis.

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post May 13 2011, 10:32
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0. Download Foobar2000
1. Download lame.exe and FLAC.exe
2. Do whatever you like
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post May 14 2011, 01:12
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Foobar2000
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whitejason
post Jun 28 2011, 01:04
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mslag,

I was wondering if you are using foobar2000? I'm thinking about it, and wondered if you have had a great success with encoding and decoding mp3's? I need the mp3's to have awesome quality, because they will be played on a home theater system. I love that it will support about any audio format. Does anyone else use anything that they like better? Thanks!
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post Jun 28 2011, 05:51
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foobar2000 will convert from VBR V9 up to VBR V0, and also 320kbps CBR. It'll be sufficiently "awesome" if you wish to stick with MP3.

I personally use it for converting anything and everything.

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post Jun 28 2011, 12:38
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QUOTE (whitejason @ Jun 28 2011, 01:04) *
I was wondering if you are using foobar2000? I'm thinking about it, and wondered if you have had a great success with encoding and decoding mp3's? I need the mp3's to have awesome quality
The quality of the MP3s is dependent not on the decoder/interface, foobar2000; but on the encoder, LAMEóbut fear not: the latter does a great job.
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