The good thing is that there are many tutorials online showing you how to convert .flac to .mp3. The bad thing is that most of them use shareware flac converters for Mac, which usually works for a few days before you have to purchase it.
Converting the lossless flac files to mp3 (or any similar format) is necessary for compatibility. For example, iTunes does not play flac files. In this tutorial, however, I will show you how to convert FLAC audio files to MP3 files using a freeware flac converter: All2MP3. All2MP3 works on Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard, so most users would find the instructions below useful.
If you are a Windows user, you can use dbpoweramp or WinAmp to play flac files.
Tools for conversion
Download All2MP3. It is a .zip file, which you can double-click to get the installer. When the installer is obtained, double-click it and install All2MP3.ADVERTISEMENT
All2MP3 is a free application with a single drag and drop method interface. Upon opening it, you will be presented with a simple window with an option for quality.
Mac OS X application All2MP3 converts FLAC files to MP3
Drag and drop the .flac files that you want to convert. Then, set the Quality at 192 Kbps (standard MP3 is at 128 Kbps, so 192 Kbps would be good quality) and hit All2MP3. Once the conversion is over, you will find the MP3 files in the same location as the original FLAC files.
What is .FLAC
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Lossless formats have high file size and high quality. Most people prefer .mp3 format because of its lower size and excellent compatibility on various devices.
The good news is that quality difference between .flac and .mp3 is undetectable for most humans. By careful compression, which retains only those frequencies which a human can hear, .mp3 can be nearly as good as .flac files for most purposes.