Nero Burning ROM (PC)
Open your browser and browse nero.com. Hold the mouse pointer over the ‘Downloads’ menu at the top of the screen and then select ‘Nero Burning ROM’.
Download a free 15-day trial of Burning ROM by entering your email address in the appropriate space and then clicking the ‘Download’ button. When the download is complete, double-click the icon located on your computer to complete the installation process. Double-click the Burning ROM program icon to get started.
Select the ‘Audio Burning’ icon along the left edge of the program window and then select the ‘Audio CD’ disc type. Enter the CD title and artist name in appropriate spaces.
Select the device on your computer that you want to use to burn the CD by dragging down the ‘Target Drive’ menu, then click ‘Add’ and use the window that appears to select the FLAC files that you want to burn to audio. The CD. If there are many FLAC files you would like to burn to CD, place them all in one folder then select the entire folder. Once you have selected the files, click on ‘Open’.
Check that the ‘Capacity key’ shows green, which means that all FLAC files you have selected will fit on a CD-R. If it shows red, you need to delete some selected files to create space by simply clicking on the track and pressing the ‘Delete’ button.
Click ‘Burn’ and insert a blank CD-R in the selected device when prompted. Click on the ‘Load’ button. The FLAC files are automatically converted to AIFF files, which are compatible with audio CDs and burned to CD-R. You can monitor the burning process by seeing the progress bar at the bottom of the screen. When the burning is complete, click on ‘OK’.
Open your browser and browse to softpedia.com. Click on the ‘Mac’ tab which is among many tabs at the top of the page. Enter ‘xACT’ in the search window at the top of the page and then press ‘Go’. Scroll down the page until you find the link to ‘xACT 1.71’ and then click on it. (You can also click on the link in the References section below.)
Click on the blue ‘Download’ button to add xACT to a download basket and then click on the link that appears marked ‘Softpedia Secure Download (RO) [ZIP]. ‘ This starts the download and installation process. When the download is complete, open the xACT folder and double-click the xACT icon to launch the program.
Click ‘Decoding’ at the top left of the window, then click ‘add’ to select the FLAC file you want to decode. Select ‘AIFF’ under ‘Output Format’ and then click ‘Decoding’. When all the FLAC files you want to decode are finished, close the xACT program.
Open iTunes and then drag down the ‘File’ menu and select ‘New Playlist’. Name the playlist and make sure it is selected, then drag the AIFF files you just converted to the playlist section of your new playlist.
Click on ‘Burn Disc’ at the bottom right of the iTunes window. Make sure ‘Disc Format’ is set to ‘Audio CD’ and then click ‘Burn’. When prompted, insert a blank CD-R into your computer’s CD burner.
MediaConvert.com (PC or Mac)
Open your web browser and browse to media-convert.com.
Click the ‘Select File’ button, then browse the computer in the popup window that appears and select a FLAC file to convert by clicking on it and then click ‘Open’.
Drag down the ‘Input Format’ menu to select ‘Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac)’ then drag down ‘Output Format’ to select ‘Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff). ‘
Enter a name for the file in the space provided under ‘Advanced settings’. ‘Check that the default settings for audio channels, audio sampling rate and audio volume meet your needs and change them if necessary by clicking and dragging their options.
Click the ‘OK’ button next to ‘I accept the terms’, and then review the status bar when the file is uploaded and converted. Close the window when the conversion process is complete and AIFF has been saved to your computer’s hard disk.
Open your computer’s digital media player (Windows Media Player for PC or Apple iTunes for Mac.)
For Windows Media Player, click ‘Library’, click the ‘Now Playing’ list, and then click ‘Clear List’ in the popup window that appears. Drag the AIFF file to the blank box to the right of the window, then click the ‘Burn’ button and follow the instructions to burn an audio CD.
For iTunes, drag down the ‘File’ menu and select ‘New Playlist’, then drag the AIFF file you just converted to the playlist section of your new playlist. Click ‘Burn Disc’ at the bottom right of the iTunes window and then follow the instructions to burn an audio CD.
The most popular and well known digital audio file may be MP3, but another file type provides high quality audio. Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) uses a ‘lossless’ data compression algorithm, which means that the digital audio information can be decompressed into an almost identical copy of the original audio recording. FLAC files are up to half the size of the original files, but they are still significantly larger than the typical MP3 file and cannot be played on most digital music devices or CD players. There are programs and websites that can help convert a FLAC file to an AIFF file, which can then be burned to an audio CD for easy listening.