MusicAdvice #3 Convert your audio CD to FLAC

Audio MusicAdvice

Find the secret to creating the highest quality sound that will make you realize what you’ve been missing. Because audio CDs from song artists are large and clumsy to carry around, they are becoming less popular. Digital downloads are increasingly becoming the trend today; however, most websites only provide compressed lossy file formats such as mp3 downloads. These mp3 file formats lose some sound detail due to a file compression algorithm used, and you wont have the studio-like sound from audio CDs. So you maybe wondering if there’s a file format that  that can capture all the details of the music.  You’re in luck as the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) will be your new best friend.

So now that you know how great FLAC is, you’ll want to know how to take CDs and turn them into FLAC files.  Here’s an easy short tutorial on how to convert your audio CDS into FLAC.

Convert all your audio CDs into FLAC

Before we start we must tell you that you’ll need the right hardware. Here is a list of hardware you need to perform this task:

  • A-lot of Hard-drive space (FLAC files are roughly 16mb depending on time)
  • A DVD/CD writer drive.
  • Audio CD from your favorite musician.

So if you got all of these parts, then continue to the next step.

First, you’ll want to install an awesome audio player called “foobar2000”. You can download it here. You’ll want to download the latest stable version.

Once downloaded, start the installer, and follow the instructions on the screen.

Once you have installed Foobar2000, you’ll also want to download the converter–FLAC.exe. You can find it here. Make sure you know where you installed this file as it will be important later.

FLACSo next, start Foobar2000 and click file “Open audio CD..”







FLACSelect your DVD/CD-Rom Drive, and click Rip. Your CD/DVD rom drive should spin and you’ll be brought to a new screen.





FLACSelect the songs you’d like to convert to FLAC on this window. Also,  if you’d like to rename the file information, you can do so in the track information window.  When you’re done, click “Proceed to the Converter Setup Dialog”.











Next you’ll be brought to this screen. The default output format is WAV which is good, however we want it in FLAC format. Click “Output format” link.










Click FLAC and then “back”.










You’ll be back at the overview screen. Now make sure that under the Output format link, it says FLAC, and click Convert. Then an windows explorer window will pop up and ask you the destination for these files. You make that choice, and when you’re done you’ll be ask to locate FLAC.exe which you needed to download and install from the beginning of the tutorial. So when you’ve located the FLAC.exe file, click “open” .






This window will pop up when it’s done you’ll have a few files that have a .flac extension at the end of the file. These are Flac files, and you’ll find that your windows media player may not open these files. That is because Windows Media player does not have the codec needed. So if you want to play FLAC files on windows media Player, then download and install the madFLAC codec. However; we love the foobar2000 player due to it’s simple and low footprint design. Since  it comes with native FLAC support, we recommend it as our primary music player. If you use iTunes; there is a way to convert these CDs or FLAC files into m4a files. These Files are Apple Lossless files and is equivalent to FLAC or the CD sources. If you need any help, feel free to drop us a comment below. After this, you’ll want some great headphones to listen to the great sound of FLAC.


Steve is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. He is a technology expert who takes a unique perspective by blending humanity, technology, and business. He visions that there are many untapped technology products that have yet to emerge, and plans to explore those ideas with you in his articles. Steve is currently working toward his Bachelor of Commerce while simultaneously juggling work and his passion in writing.