How to convert a torrent file to MP3

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How to convert a torrent file to MP3
Once converted, you can transfer your MP3 to your media player. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Torrents begin life as small seed files -- once plugged into a client, these seed files can download movies, ISO files and music albums. Whether you have the original seed file and want to get at the MP3s it represents, or you've downloaded a music track from a torrent client that you subsequently want to convert to MP3, there are many free software tools that can help. The exact program you need and the process involved depends on the files you're working with.

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    Search torrent sites to see if you can find an MP3 version of the track you're after. File type information will typically be contained within your chosen track's download description. Doing so will save you the hassle of downloading a conversion tool. It's also a good idea to check if your media player will play any other file types you stumble across -- most devices are able to play multiple file types, meaning MP3 might not be your only option.

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    Download an alternative file type if you can't find an MP3 or other compatible version of your track. To do so, you'll need a torrent client such as uTorrent, Vuze or BitTorrent installed on your computer. Your file will typically be stored in your Download folder once it's finished downloading, unless you've specified otherwise. These clients can also be used to download MP3 tracks and albums based on torrent seed files (often with the .torrent file extension).

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    Install a free audio file converter such as Fre:ac, DVDVideoSoft Free Audio Converter or Freemake Free Audio Converter. Check your chosen program's user guide for advice on how to convert your file from other formats into MP3. It should be a simple process that will take you no more than a couple or clicks or taps to complete.

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    Connect your media player to your computer and transfer your newly-converted MP3 track. Consult your device's user guide if you're unsure how to go about this. Once you've done so, you'll be able to listen to it at your leisure or transfer it other devices that support the MP3 format.

Tips and warnings

  • Your computer's audio software may also be able to convert files to MP3. Search through the supplied help documentation for advice.
  • Downloading copyrighted material from torrent sites is illegal and could attract action from rights holders. Your IP address could be logged by rights holders if you attempt to download protected files.

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