The smart phone apps like VLC Media Player usually are able to play all types of media files. But some of the older or traditional car audio systems can play only the standard MP3 or WAV formats. In order to enjoy your lossless FLAC audio collection in your car’s audio system, you have to first convert them to MP3 format. The free audio converter (or fre:ac in short) can help you convert and transcode your audio files from one format to another. It supports conversion for MP3, MP4, Ogg, FLAC, WMA, WAV, AAC and Bonk audio formats.
The fre:ac application is available both as a portable program and as a setup installer. Being a portable program, it can be used for conversion of audio collection as and when you need it. After you launch the program, the first thing that you have to do is click on the Add audio files button in the toolbar and add all the audio files that you want to convert.
Then you have to specify an output folder where the converted format of all these audio files will be copied. It selected the “Music” folder of your Windows user profile by default as the output folder, but you can choose it to be any other folder of your choice by clicking on the Browse button.
You also need to select an encoder for the conversion of the audio files. For this, you can click on the Configure general settings button in the toolbar and then choose one of the encoders from the drop-down list box. There are many encoders that you can choose from – Bonk, FAAC, FLAC, Lame MP3, Ogg Vorbis etc.
Once these selections have been made, you can proceed with the conversion by clicking on the Start the encoding button in the toolbar. The conversion may take a short or long duration of time depending on the number of files and the type of encoder used.
Verdict: The fre:ac audio encoder is a very simple, fast and effective audio conversion tool for Windows. It produces high quality audio files no matter what type of destination file format you choose.
You can download fre:ac audio converter from http://www.freac.org/.