FlicFlac is a small, highly portable tool for converting audio files from one format to another. It supports a number of different file formats, is completely free to download and use, and can be run portably. It can even add a ‘Convert with FlicFlac’ entry to Windows’ right click context menu that appears when right clicking an audio file.
There are nearly as many different audio file formats as there are songs in the world, it seems. Some portable media players will only play certain formats, and others will play many different formats but only one or two with decent quality.
I’m speaking from experience here and I am sure there are even more permutations and possibilities, which is why audio file conversion is one of the most common tasks on a home computer.
There’s lots of different free ways to convert audio files, and good way is FlicFlac, a free program for Windows.
FlicFlac is one of those gems of a freeware program that is uncomplicated and clean while still being effective. To begin with, it supports multiple file formats. Including .FLAC and .OGG formats along with the more well-known .MP3 and .WAV formats. It even supports the nearly esoteric .APE format, which is a plus to my way of thinking. If we can’t get the creators of all things digital to agree on one single audio format for the whole world, the next best thing is to have programs that will work with any or all of the various formats out there.
The interface is very clean and functional, almost Spartan, with an economy of design that’s both rare and appreciated, especially when many audio conversion programs I have seen tend to overload you with options and extraneous window decoration.
Along the right are the different destination formats, and below that are the handy options to keep the interface available, and to delete the input (original) audio file when done. One interesting option is the ability to add ‘Convert with FlicFlac’ to the Windows context menu, which it can add to 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows.
FlicFlac can also be put onto a thumb drive or other portable data system and run directly from it, if needed. Not having to install anything is a big plus for many users. Developers may be happy to learn the source code is available for FlicFlac as well, so you coders out there can integrate and fiddle with it to your binary based heart’s content.
Fast, free, effective and clean. This program is designed to do one thing and one thing only, and it delivers with charm and simplicity. Until next time, my friends.
Get FlicFlac here (Windows).