I s there a good free app that will do the job without downloading a bunch of unwanted junk with it? Or is there a good, reasonably priced one?

I like foobar2000. Its free.

Thanks…will check it out.

Have you tried iDealshare VideoGo?

It can batch convert APE to MP3, WAV, FLAC, WMA, AAC, AC3 etc with this guide http://www.idealshare.net/audio-converter/ape-to-mp3-converter.html

It also can split a big APE to many MP3 files with this guide from http://www.idealshare.net/audio-converter/cue-splitter-for-mac-windows.html