Rhythmbox set for MP3 rips CD as flac files

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Rhythmbox 0.12.8. First issue was I could not get MP3 to show as a "Preferred format", but then installed the "gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse package"; MP3 was then a "Preferred format" option. Now that MP3 is the preferred format, the CD is ripped in a "flac" format. Is there some conversion? I'm not well versed in music file formats. (HowTos)