Part 3. Q & A on FLAC and MP3
This part answers some related questions about FLAC and MP3 in hope that it may resolve your doubts.
a. Can iTunes convert FLAC?
Unfortunately, the answer is negative. iTunes does not support FLAC but AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV, and Apple lossless encoder, another lossless audio format (.m4a/.caf). So if you prefer to get MP3 files on iTunes directly, you could use Joyoshare Video Converter to convert FLAC to M4A losslessly at first, and then convert M4A to MP3 using iTunes.
To convert M4A to MP3 in iTunes:
Step 1: Launch iTunes and add your M4A files to the "Library";
Step 2: Click "Edit" option at the top of the iTunes screen to choose "Preferences";
Step 3: Select "Import Settings" under "General" panel and a new dialogue window will appear;
Step 4: Press the "Import Using" button to choose "Apple Lossless Encoder" and then click "OK";
Step 5: Go to "File" option and select "Convert" to choose "Create the Apple Lossless Version";
Step 6: Next, go back to the Import Settings and change "Apple Lossless Encoder" to "MP3 Encoder";
Step 7: Select your M4A file and proceed to repeat step 5 to tab "Create MP3 Version".
b. Can I convert FLAC to MP3 with Windows Media Player?
Technically, Windows Media Player is unable to convert FLAC to MP3. But you can burn FLAC to an audio CD first. Then use Windows Media Player to rip the CD and save the audio files to MP3, ALAC, WAV, and WMA.
c. Is FLAC file better than MP3?
The most common reply to this question you could find on the internet must be "The answer is Yes and no." Why? As we know, FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Literally, it's a lossless audio format. However, MP3 is a lossy audio format. But the fact is that though FLAC has better quality than MP3, you can hardly hear any difference between FLAC and MP3, unless you are using professional and excellent headphones and a sound system. So sometimes it would be hard to tell whether FLAC is better than MP3 for sure.