How to Convert a WAV File to MP3

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How to Convert a WAV File to MP3
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Using any free audio converter program, you can convert WAV (short for Waveform Audio File Format) files to MP3 format. MP3 (short for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) is a common audio format that can be played by most media and MP3 players. MP3 is a "lossy" format: a minor loss in quality is to be expected when converting WAV into MP3.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Audio conversion software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download, install and run Switch Sound File Converter (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Click the "Add Files" button. Select the WAV files that you want to convert. You can also drag and drop files into the centre window of the program.

  3. 3

    Click the drop-down box next to "Output Format." Select "MP3." Click the "Convert" button to begin the conversion. Click the "Output Folder" to access the converted files.

  1. 1

    Download, install and run WAV to MP3 Encoder (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Click the "Add" button. Select the WAV files that you want to convert. You can also drag and drop files into the centre window.

  3. 3

    Click the "Output" button. Choose the directory (e.g. "My Documents") that you want converted files to be placed in. Click the "Encode" button.

  1. 1

    Download, install and run FreeRip MP3 (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Click "View." Click "Converter." Click "File." Click "Add files to convert." Select the WAV files that you want to convert.

  3. 3

    Click the "Convert Selected Tracks to Default Format" button. The default format is MP3. Converted files will be placed on the desktop.

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