How to Burn FLAC As an Audio CD

Updated April 17, 2017

The most popular and well-known digital audio file type may be the MP3, but another file type delivers higher-quality audio. The Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) uses a data compression algorithm that is "lossless," which means the digital audio information can be decompressed into a nearly-identical copy of the original audio recording. FLAC files are up to half as big as the original files, but they are still substantially larger than the typical MP3 file and cannot be played on most digital music devices or CD players. There are software programs and websites that can assist in converting a FLAC file into an AIFF file, which can then be burnt to an audio CD for easy listening.

Open your Web browser and surf to Hover your mouse cursor over the "Downloads" menu along the top of the screen, then choose "Nero Burning ROM."

Download a free 15-day trial version of Burning ROM by entering your e-mail address in the appropriate space, then clicking the "Download" button. Once the download is complete, double-click the icon placed on your computer to complete the installation process. Double-click the icon for the Burning ROM program to begin.

Choose the "Audio Burning" icon along the left edge of the program window, then choose the "Audio CD" disc type. Enter the CD title and artist name in the appropriate spaces.

Choose the drive in your computer you'd like to use to burn the CD by dragging down the "Target Drive" menu, then clicking "Add" and using the window that appears to choose the FLAC files you would like to burn to the audio CD. If there are numerous FLAC files you would like to burn to CD, put them all in one folder, then choose the whole folder. Once you have selected the files, click "Open."

Check to make sure the "Capacity Bar" shows green, meaning all the FLAC files you have selected will fit onto one CD-R. If it shows red, you will need to delete some selected files to make room by simply clicking on the track and hitting the "Delete" button.

Click "Burn" and insert a blank CD-R into your selected drive when prompted. Click the "Load" button. The FLAC files will be automatically converted into AIFF files, which are compatible with audio CDs, and burnt onto the CD-R. You may monitor the burning process by viewing the progress bar at the bottom of the screen. When the burn is complete, click "OK."

Open your Web browser and surf to Click on the "Mac" tab listed among numerous tabs along the top of the page. Enter "xACT" into the Search window at the very top of the page, then hit "Go." Scroll down the page until you find the link to "xACT 1.71," then click on it. (You may also click on the link in the References section below.)

Click the blue "Download" button to add xACT to a download basket, then click on the link that appears marked "Softpedia Secure Download (RO) [ZIP]." This will begin the download and installation process. Once the download has finished, open the xACT folder and double-click the xACT icon to launch the program.

Click "Decode" at the top-left of the window, then click "add" to choose the FLAC file you would like to decode. Choose "AIFF" under "Output Format," then click "Decode." Once all the FLAC files you want decoded are finished, close the xACT program.

Open iTunes, then drag down the "File" menu and choose "New Playlist." Name the playlist and make sure it is selected, then drag the AIFF files you have just converted into the blank track listing section of your new playlist.

Click "Burn Disc" at the bottom-right of the iTunes window. Make sure the "Disc Format" is set to "Audio CD," then click "Burn." Insert a blank CD-R into your computer's CD burner when prompted.

Open your Web browser and surf to

Click the "Choose File" button, then browse your computer in the pop-up window that appears and select a FLAC file to convert by clicking on it, then click "Open."

Drag down the "Input Format" menu to select "Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac)," then drag down the "Output Format" to select "Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff)."

Enter a name of the file in the space provided under "Advanced Settings." Check that the default settings for Audio Channels, Audio Sampling Rate, and Sound Volume meet your needs and change them if needed by clicking and dragging their options.

Click the "OK" button next to "I accept the terms," then peruse the status bar as the file is uploaded and converted. Close the window once the conversion process has finished and the AIFF has been saved to your computer's hard drive.

Open your computer's digital media player (Windows Media Player for PC computer or Apple iTunes for Mac computers.)

For Windows Media Player, click "Library," click the "Now Playing" list, then click "Clear List" from the pop-up window that appears. Drag the AIFF file to the empty pane on the right side of the window, then click the "Burn" button and follow the instructions to burn an audio CD.

For iTunes, drag down the "File" menu and choose "New Playlist," then drag the AIFF file you have just converted into the blank track listing section of your new playlist. Click "Burn Disc" at the bottom-right of the iTunes window, then follow the instructions to burn an audio CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • CD burner
  • Blank CD-R
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About the Author

Eirik Ott is a professional performance poet, freelance writer, graphic designer, Apple Computer enthusiast and photographer. Since graduating from Chico State University with a degree in journalism in 2000, he has written for newspapers and magazines such as "The Reno Gazette-Journal," "The Austin American-Statesman," "Bust Magazine" and "Poets & Writers Magazine." He is based in Austin, Texas.