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Overall Solutions to Convert APE to FLAC Without Quality Loss

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Updated on May 27, 2021

We share three methods with you to convert APE files to FLAC with the original audio quality preserved. Meanwhile, a detailed contrast of APE vs FLAC is provided in this article as well. To make the whole conversion process easier, this flawless APE to FLAC converter is highly recommended:

APE is also called Monkey's Audio, which is a free lossless audio compression format and can reduce the audio size to 50% of the original and preserve the best quality at the same time. However, APE is restricted to be officially supported on the Windows operating system and only few players can recognize this audio format. In contrast, FLAC is a cross-platform open source format and is compatible with more devices and players. What's more, there is no any difference in audio quality between APE and FLAC so many people are inclined to convert from APE to FLAC for handy playback and wide usage. Therefore, this article aims to introduce three practical methods of converting APE files to FLAC without quality loss.

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Method One: Batch Convert APE to FLAC with HD Video Converter Factory Pro

HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a specialized audio format converter and can convert any APE to FLAC with original quality preserved. It's also worth mentioning that HD Video Converter Factory Pro supports provides a batch mode and high-speed conversion so you're able to convert large APE files to FLAC at fast speed in batches. Follow the guide below to convert APE audio to FLAC with the powerful APE FLAC converter.

Three Steps to Convert APE File to FLAC

Before start, please free downloadfree download WonderFox HD Video Converter Pro and install it on your PC.

Step 1. Import APE Files

Launch the audio converter and enter the Converter module. Then click on "Add Files" to input APE files. Or directly drag and drop APE files from your PC to this APE to FLAC converter.

Step 2. Choose FLAC as the Output Format

Press the "Click to change output format" area on the right and extend the output format list. Then select "FLAC" under the "Audio" tab to convert APE to FLAC.

Step 3.Start to Convert APE Files to FLAC

Go back to the main interface and select an output folder via the inverted triangle button at the bottom. Finally, click on "Run" to convert APE files at once. The conversion will finish in an instant.

Tips. This versatile tool also enables you to merge audio files, change audio bitrate, normalize audio, etc. What's more, HD Video Converter Factory Pro also works as an audio compressor that enables you compress WAV file and other large size audio formats like ALAC, FLAC to MP3 and similar compressed audio formats.

Method Two: Convert APE File to FLAC with Foobar2000 for Free

Foobar2000 is a well remarked high-quality music player filled with various components. You can easily convert an APE file to FLAC with its help. The following part shows you the detailded steps of how to play APE files and how to convert APE to FLAC free with Foobar2000.

Convert APE audio to FLAC with FooBar2000

Step 1. Install the three necessary tools and encoder packs on your PC - Foobar2000, Monkey's Audio Decoder and FLAC encoder. You can visit the link to download them and convert APE to FLAC:

Step 2. Run Foobar2000, and then click "File" > "Open" to import APE files. Or you can directly drag and drop the APE files into this program.

Step 3. Right-click the imported file and select "Convert" > "Quick Convert".

Step 4. Select "FLAC" and click on "Convert". Optionally, you can also click on "Edit" to customize audio parameters.

Step 5. Rename the output file name and choose an output path. After that, click "Save" to initiate the conversion.

If you want to play .ape files, Foobar2000 is also a high-quality music player. Just drag APE files into the program for playing.

Method Three: Convert APE Audio to FLAC with Online Audio Converter

For users who don't want to install any plugins, there are many free online converters that don't have installation requirements and allow you to convert APE files easily online. I have tried many difference online services and personally, Zamzar has pretty well performance.

Convert APE online

Step 1. Open Zamzar the online converter:

Step 2. Click on "Add Files" to add target APE file you want to convert APE to FLAC or you can copy and paste a URL for conversion.

Step 3. Open the output format drop-list and choose "FLAC".

Step 4. Click on "Convert" to upload your APE audio.

Step 5. Download the converted FLAC file after the conversion is complete.

It must be noted that, Zamzar only allows you to free convert file up to 50MB so you need to pay for larger size conversion and more other features. And sometimes, due to unstable server, bad network conditions and so on, it would take much time to convert a file. For beginners, it's a little complicated to convert files with method 2 as foorbar2000 doesn't provide any installation wizard for you to install many necessary codec packs. Therefore, if you need a good APE FLAC converter with fast speed conversion and easy operation, method one is the best choice for you.

Extended Knowledge: APE or FLAC, Which One Is Better - APE vs FLAC Comparison

 I'm pretty sure you aren't alone in your confusion about the difference between APE and FLAC. Although both APE (Monkey's Audio) and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) are lossless audio compression formats, they have their own characteristics for different usage. Therefore, you might as well have a look at the APE vs FLAC comparison for your reference.

Encoding speed Decoding speed Compression Software support Streaming Open source Multichannel OS support
APE fast slow

the best lossless compression

good no


no officially Windows

very fast

very fast

good lossless compression

very good yes


yes all

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