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WAV to MP3: How to Convert WAV to MP3

Catrina Jones
Catrina Jones

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WAV (Waveform Audio File Format) is known as uncompressed audio format jointly developed by IBM and Microsoft. As a raw audio format, WAV is rather large in size so file sharing of WAV files over the Internet is uncommon. If you wish to convert these WAV files to a smaller codec, such as .mp3, you can do so with two ways which are both simple and fast.

Method 1 Convert WAV to MP3 with Video Converter Ultimate

Video Converter Ultimate is a multi-functional program that allow you finish all kinds of task including video conversion, video editing, DVD burning, video downloading, audio conversion and more. Take audio conversion as an example, it helps you convert YouTube to MP3 and make ringtone for iPhone/Android with simple steps. It supports batch audio files conversion. Now let's see how to switch WAV to MP3 with this program.

Video Converter Ultimate – The Best WAV to MP3 Converter

Video Converter Ultimate is a media converter that is capable of handling both audio and video files. It supports a selection of audio formats like WAV, MP3, FLAC, etc.

Step 1. Add WAV files to the program

Launch the software and click on "Add Files" to import the WAV files to the program. It can handle multiple files at once so you can add as many files as you want to this program.

Add WAV Files to The Program

Step 2. Select MP3 as output format

Go to "Output Format" > "Format" > "Audio" and you will find the MP3 format in the list. You can also locate the MP3 format directly via the search bar.

Select MP3 As Output Format

You can click on "Settings" to get the advanced settings dialog. And click on "Preset" > "High Quality" to get the high quality MP3 if you prefer.

Select MP3 As Output Format

Step 3. Start to convert WAV to MP3

Click on the "Convert" button when everything is ready and the rest will be done automatically by the professional WAV to MP3 converter.

Start Convert to MP3

Method 2 How to Convert WAV to MP3 Using iTunes

Step 1. Launch iTunes on computer. (Make sure that you've installed the latest version of iTunes)

Step 2. Click on "File" > "Add File to Library" to drag & drop the WAV files into iTunes.

Step 3. Open iTunes Preferences:

  • Windows: On the "Edit" menu, click "Preferences".

  • Mac: From the iTunes menu, choose "Preferences".

Step 4. Click on "Import Settings" under the “General” tab, and select "MP3 Encoder" from the drop-down menu. After that, click on "OK" to exit the preferences.

Start Convert to MP3

Step 5. Now go to "Songs" and select the WAV files you would like to convert to MP3, after that, go to "File" > "Convert" > "Create MP3 Version". iTunes will re-encode the WAV files as MP3 quickly.

Start Convert to MP3

Enjoy this tutorial? If you don't want to install a computer program like Video Converter Ultimate, you can also try online video converter to convert WAV files to MP3. But I would still recommend a desktop video converter because it is more secure and no harm will do to your data or computer. If you use the online converter you'll have to install some unwanted plugins which is pretty much annoying.

Related Tips - MP3 vs. WAV

MP3 files are compressed audio files. They offer sound quality close to that of CDs, but compress the size to approximately one-tenth the size of a WAV file. MP3 is a popular format used for audio files on computers and portable devices. WAV format is the standard Windows audio file format and it was originally jointly developed by Microsoft and IBM.

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