You may be less familiar with Free HD Video Converter Factory. Despite its vulgar name for literal video format conversion, to your surprise, it also serves as an Apple Lossless Converter that works like a charm to convert ALAC to FLAC and vice versa without any difficulty. Furthermore, it enables you to download and convert YouTube to FLAC, MP3, M4A, etc. This is a 100% free and clean program with intuitive & self-explanatory GUI.
Step 1. Run Free HD Video Converter Factory and open "Converter".
Step 2. Click "Add Files" button or drag-n-drop to import ALAC audio files.
Step 3. Select "FLAC" under "Audio" category as the output format.
Step 4. Specify a directory to save the converted files, press "Run" button to convert ALAC to FLAC.
Audacity is a world-renowned, free and cross-platform audio editor. With "FFmpeg Library" installed, it's capable of Apple Lossless to FLAC conversion.
Step 1. Download and install Audacity from Official Webpage.
Step 2. Run Audacity, click "Edit" button on top menu bar and open "Preferences" window.
Step 3. Go to "Libraries" option on the left sidebar. Click "Download" button and follow the instructions to install "FFmpeg Library", otherwise, you'll fail to import Apple Lossless audio file.
Step 4. Restart Audacity when you complete "FFmpeg Library" installation, now you're able to drag and drop Apple Lossless audio files into Audacity.
Step 5. Click "File" > "Export" > "Export Audio", select "FLAC Files" in the drop-down list of "Save as type" section. Finally, click "Save" button for converting ALAC to FLAC.
As a free, open-source and cross-platform multimedia player, VLC Media Player allows you to directly play ALAC files and convert Apple Lossless to FLAC as well.
Step 1. Download and install VLC from Official Webpage.
Step 2. Run VLC, click "Media" on the top menu bar and select "Convert/Save" to open "Open Media" window.
Step 3. Click "Add" button under "File" tab to import the ALAC file, then press "Convert/Save" button to proceed.
Step 4. Select "Audio - FLAC" in the drop-down list of "Profile" section. Next, click "Browse" button to set a destination folder.
Step 5. At last, press "Start" button to convert Apple Lossless to FLAC format.
If you don't want to install any software, and only have several ALAC audio files to be converted, some online ALAC to FLAC converters can also meet your need. You just need to upload files > select FLAC as output format > start conversion > download FLAC file. The only defect is that it may take a long time to upload, convert and download files online. Here are my frequently-used websites below:
More than above methods, there are still other solutions. But I'm sure this post is fairly suitable to green hands without confusing operation, command lines and intricate GUI. If you've benefited from this article, don't forget to share it with other people in need. Cheers!