How to convert FLAC music files to MP3 using Nero StartSmart

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How to convert FLAC music files to MP3 using Nero StartSmart
Change your tune. (Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

FLAC – or “free lossless audio codec” – audio files are of a higher quality than mp3 because they don’t suffer any reduction in quality when they are compressed. However, they are still usually a fair bit bigger in size and take up more memory than their mp3 counterparts. Some mp3 players and media player software can’t play FLAC files either, so many people choose to convert them into mp3 files. This is easily done, especially with Nero StartSmart.

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Things you need

  • A laptop
  • Nero StartSmart
  • FLAC audio files

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    Change your tune

  1. 1

    Make sure you have the files you want to convert on your computer or connected to it via an external hard drive.

  2. 2

    Open Nero StartSmart by double clicking on the icon on your desktop or wherever the program is located.

  3. 3

    At the top of the screen click on the “Music” tab and then select “Edit and Record Music.” Click “File” and from that menu click “Open.” The screen that appears will have a drop down menu labelled “File Type.” Select “All Audio,” which will enable you to then look through all the audio files on your computer and your external hard drive if you are using one.

  4. 4

    Find the FLAC file that you want to convert and select it. Then click “Open” and it will open the file(s) in Nero StartSmart.

  5. 5

    In Nero StartSmart click “Save As.” Choose “MP3” under the menu “Save As Type” and choose a name for your new mp3. When you click “Save” it will be converted into an mp3 file.

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