You can choose from a variety of audio file formats when you want to hear music on a computer. The WAVs and MP3s are both popular and among the most compatible with the audio programs and sound editor programs that Mac and Windows-based computers use. You can use an audio editing program to convert audio files to WAV and MP3; there are many free programs available that will run on both Mac and Windows-based computers in a similar fashion.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Internet connection
- Web browser
- Audio editing program
Download and install a Mac or Windows version of an audio editing program such as the Audacity program, which is free and cross-platform.
Download and install the Mac or Windows version of the LameLib Carbon encoding tool software, which will enable the Audacity program to save audio files in the MP3 audio format.
Run the Audacity program. Use your mouse to drag the audio file from the computer's hard drive into the Audacity program's icon. This will be in the dock on the left or bottom of the screen if you're using a Mac and on the desktop if you're using a Windows-based computer. Wait as the audio file is loaded into the Audacity program.
Go to "File" and select "Export as WAV" from the drop-down menu to convert the audio file to the WAV audio format. Select "Export as MP3" from the drop-down menu to convert the audio file to the MP3 audio format.
Give your new WAV or MP3 file a name after you select the export format. Click on the "Save" button at the bottom of the window to close the window.
Wait as the Audacity program converts the audio file and saves it to the computer's hard drive as a WAV or MP3 audio file. Quit the Audacity program once the WAV or MP3 audio file has been saved to the computer's hard drive.
Tips and warnings
- You can convert an audio file into both a WAV and MP3 audio file.
- Do not run other audio programs while the Audacity program is being used.
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