Why Convert From FLAC to MP3?



In the past, we have talked a lot about different audio file formats as there are so many for you to use. Each comes with its individual traits that make them either perfect for what you want to do with them – or renders them completely useless.

Today, we will have a look at why you might want to convert your FLAC files to MP3.


Convert FLAC To MP3

Before we have a look at why you want to turn your FLAC files into MP3 audio files, let’s have a look at them individually. What makes a FLAC file and what distinguishes it from an MP3? Let’s find out.


The FLAC file format

FLAC files are so-called lossless audio files. This means that the music stored in the file is of a very high quality. However, compared to other lossless audio formats, FLAC files are actually compressed.

The very good audio quality provided by FLAC files comes with a price tag though. FLAC files are usually quite large, which means they take up a lot of space on your hard drive due to their file size. The compression, however, makes them smaller in size than other lossless audio files such as WAV or AIFF. Furthermore, they are not as commonly supported as other music files. Car radios, music players, mobile apps, and software thus may not be able to open and play FLAC files.

More on lossless audio files.


The MP3 File Format

It is highly likely that you have heard of MP3 files before. It’s the most common audio and music file used today. After all, there is a reason while our audio playing devices are called MP3 players. These files are supported by most, if not all, media player programs as well as most music players and car hi-fi systems.

Furthermore, MP3 files are relatively small in size, hence why they were preferred for burning on a CD or for saving on a mobile player or phone. However, this small file size is achieved by compressing the audio data in the file. Thus, MP3 files are so-called lossy audio files. This, of course, affects the audio quality of the music stored in the MP3 file.

More on the difference between lossy and lossless.


Why Choose MP3?

Now that you know what’s the difference between FLAC and MP3 files, why would you want to choose one over the other?

Many audiophiles favor FLAC files due to the pristine audio quality. The average music listener, however, will hardly be convinced by this argument. Some don’t even really hear a big difference in quality. Thus, the advantages of MP3 files are a bigger argument for using this format over FLAC for everyday users. So, why use MP3?

  • The files are small, which means you can add so many songs to your phone or MP3 player. You’re not limited to 30 songs or so.
  • MP3 has better support which means that you can play it on all modern music players and most old ones.
  • Due to the better support, MP3 is also the go-to format to embed in other files such as PDF or PowerPoint presentations.

And last but not least…


How To Convert FLAC to MP3?

Easy, by using an online audio converter.

If you use an online converter, you have the advantage of having file conversion available everywhere as long as you can access the internet. Simply upload your file, click or press on “Convert” and wait till it’s ready.

Try it: Free MP3 Converter


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