FlacSquisher converts a library of Flac files to MP3, Opus, or Ogg Vorbis format, maintaining the directory structure in the original library. That way, you can maintain your Flac files for home listening, and easily convert them to MP3, Opus, or Ogg format for mobile use, where storage space is more often tightly constrained.
- Converts to MP3 or Ogg Vorbis
- Maintains directory structure from original library
- Takes advantage of multicore processors
- Can copy or ignore files by extension (album art, log files)
- Ignores files already encoded previously
- Compatible with Mono on Linux
I hate to criticize FOSS projects, which entail so much personal effort (which I respect) for little to no reward, but sorry, this is a very limited program. No support for CUE track splitting - if the CD has been ripped to a single FLAC file (they usually are), you get a single long MP3 file, too. The intended audience is *audiophiles*, who are not necessarily computer geeks as well, and may not even know what LAME is. But I do, and I know that LAME defaults to joint stereo VBR. I wanted real stereo CBR 320 (joint stereo often sounds muffled, and VBR confuses many players), so I had to search for LAME command switches before using the program. Hey, modern users expect to click on the parameters they want, and from then on it's not their problem! Moreover, the UI is plain, unattractive, outdated (it looks like something made in 1992 for Windows 3.1...) and uses a font that appears tiny and difficult to read in today's full HD monitors (with 4K ones looming on the horizon already). A conversion progress bar is only available in the Windows 7 version, which is not even mentioned in the Sourceforge description (and since I'm on Windows 10, I had to check if it was *up to* Windows 7 or Windows 7 *and later* - it's the latter). I bet 99% of Windows 7+ users will miss that and download the XP/Vista version. That version being default doesn't make sense at a time when XP is 14 years old, unsupported by Microsoft, with a dwindling market share and a security liability, while Vista is almost out of the radar. And since mobility is key today, a portable version to be run from a thumb drive would be nice - this is often the greatest appeal of many FOSS programs. Sorry, but except for the very much welcome and modern multicore support, this is not a program for 2015.
5 Stars, but I miss the function to see my cpus/threads being monitored and percentage of the current conversion, just some more details :)
The best FLAC converter!
It have my recomendation.
great software, what I was searching since a long time. Simple and functional. If I could suggest improvements, the possibility of being guided through the creation of mp3/lame options, thus allowing the user to avoid typing -V0 -b....-q0 ...etc.