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How to Convert a WAV File to MP3

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • Audio conversion software
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Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.