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jmusante
2006-04-17, 05:04
Hello,

I know that this might seem like sacrelidge to some of you but now that I have converted our CD collection to FLAC my wife has some concerns with portablity. She understands the conversion and likes the Squeezebox but wants our collecton to be more portable (ie. move to the car, use when working out, bring to work). I have suggested an Ipod for the ease of use. Now I need to now if there is anyway I can convert these FLAC files to MP3 easily?

Any help with this would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jason

ceejay
2006-04-17, 05:07
Many threads on this. for example

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=20672&highlight=flac2mp3

Ceejay

funkstar
2006-04-17, 05:38
I use Foobar2000 to convert my FLACs into MP3. works well and stable, tags are also converted without issue

m1abrams
2006-04-17, 05:53
I use to have a perl job I wrote to transcode my FLAC to mp3 to use on my iPod.

However recently I started using jriver's Media Center for syncing my iPod and it handles on-the-fly transcoding of FLAC to mp3 for the iPod (even uses lame). Sure the sync time takes a lot longer however once you sync you whole library once, adding a few songs in a sync is not so bad. The first sync takes a bit though.

rudholm
2006-04-17, 11:47
You might also consider installing more capable firmware on your iPod to make it support FLAC. http://www.rockbox.org/

jph
2006-04-17, 11:55
rudholm wrote:
> You might also consider installing more capable firmware on your iPod to
> make it support FLAC. http://www.rockbox.org/
>

True...But, be aware that battery life will suffer considerably if you
use FLAC on your iPod or other portable player. In general, higher
bitrate files will allow fewer hours of listening on a single charge.

pfarrell
2006-04-17, 12:04
John Hernandez wrote:
> True...But, be aware that battery life will suffer considerably if you
> use FLAC on your iPod or other portable player. In general, higher
> bitrate files will allow fewer hours of listening on a single charge.

I had not considered that. Why is it so? And is this true
for all players? or just those with hard disks?

I can understand bigger files take more disk spinning, but
in flash based players, I'm not sure I see why the draw would
be higher.



--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

m1abrams
2006-04-17, 12:47
It will drain battery life more than compressed music.

Reason, more harddrive access. A FLAC file will have the harddrive spinning longer than an mp3 file that is smaller.

Because of this, pretty much any player will suffer reduced battery life for playing lossless over a lossy format (given the lossy compresses to a smaller file size).

Above is regarding HD based devices. Not sure about flash. However 4GB of FLAC is almost not worth the effort ;)

edit: Also I briefly looked into rockbox for my 4G iPod. From what I was reading it seems that tag based browsing is poorly supported and favors file based browsing, which is just not an option for me.

bbb
2006-04-17, 13:05
Not sacrilegious at all; merely practical. You have done the right thing by starting with flac, though, as that means you will always have a digital lossless 'master' copy that can be used as the source for whatever other digital music formats may become popular, without having to rip everything all over again (as described here: http://blog.tomtebo.org/programming/flac2mp3_py.html).

There are different programs available depending on whether your slimserver machine is running on Windows, Mac or Linux, and in fact there are a number of scripts that will do the job. I've tried a few, and the one that works best for me is one written by Robin Bowes: https://projects.robinbowes.com/projects/flac2mp3.

I personally have my CDs all ripped to flac on my Linux (Debian) box, then I convert them to MP3 for use on my iPod using Robin Bowes perl script. Assuming your FLAC files are in good shape (i.e., they include tags), this is probably all you need. It is very easy to use; running the command "flac2mp3 flac mp3" looks in the directory 'flac' and converts all the FLAC files it finds into MP3 files in the directory 'mp3', recreating all subdirectories as needed, to create a mirror of your FLAC files in MP3 format. Simple, works great, should run on Windows, Linux, or Mac, as it is a perl script (like SlimServer itself).

I have something in the neighbourhood of 500 CDs ripped to FLAC. Converting them to MP3 was just a matter of time; it is not fast (at least not on the 700Mhz machine that holds my music collection), but you just run the script, leave it for the weekend, and you'll have all your FLAC files converted to MP3. After that, just run the script again whenever you add a new CD or change a tag, and it updates your MP3s. Whenever you run it, it checks to see whether the MP3 file already exists, and if so goes on to the next, so updates are relatively quick (a new CD takes about 1/2 an hour to be encoded on my machine).

-- BBB


Hello,

I know that this might seem like sacrelidge to some of you but now that I have converted our CD collection to FLAC my wife has some concerns with portablity. She understands the conversion and likes the Squeezebox but wants our collecton to be more portable (ie. move to the car, use when working out, bring to work). I have suggested an Ipod for the ease of use. Now I need to now if there is anyway I can convert these FLAC files to MP3 easily?

Any help with this would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jason

autopilot
2006-04-17, 13:26
Going a little off topic, I have also heard that DRM'd files use more battery life than non-DRM'd ones. Never tested it though.

bobharp
2006-04-18, 05:30
Jason,

I have used MediaCoder (http://www.rarewares.org/mediacoder) under Windows.

Good luck! What kind of car?

BBobley
2006-04-19, 14:53
I use a very nice (and cheap) utility called Anapod Explorer. See:

http://www.redchairsoftware.com/anapod/featpw.php

It adds an Explorer-like interface to Windows for managing your Ipod. I find it much easier to use than ITunes. Allows you to easily copy files to (and FROM) your Ipod to the PC.

It also has an automatic "AudioMorph" program. You can tell it to automatically, for example, transcode your FLACs to MP3 on the fly when they are copied to the IPod.

Brett

tomsi42
2006-04-19, 15:01
Going a little off topic, I have also heard that DRM'd files use more battery life than non-DRM'd ones. Never tested it though.

DAP review did a test: http://www.dapreview.net/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.265
The drain wasn't that bad.

Tom