How to Convert WAV to MP3 with iTunes on Mac and PC

Edited by Nataly Bogorad

April 7, 2021

WAV, which stands for Waveform Audio File Format, is a popular high-quality digital audio format. However, its high audio quality comes at a trade-off: The files are uncompressed and, as a result, occupy a lot of space on your device. If you want to clean up your storage and create more space for other files, it's time to consider converting WAV files to other space-saving formats like MP3. Change WAV to MP3 with iTunes is an ideal solution because it's a versatile format that allows you to play your favorite music tracks on the go, on all types of music players. In this blog post, we'll have a look at different ways to convert WAV to MP3 with iTunes on both Mac and PC. In the FAQ section, you’ll learn about does iTunes play WAV and the formats the app supports.

How to Convert WAV (WAVE) to MP3 with iTunes on a PC

The steps to convert .wav to .mp3 with iTunes on a PC are described below. If you don't have iTunes for Windows installed already, below is a link to get the latest version.

Download iTunes for Windows

Step 1. Open iTunes

You need to access iTunes for WAV-to-MP3 conversion.

Step 2. Change the Import Settings

From the menu bar, choose Edit, then Preferences.

On the Preferences pop-up window, in the General tab, select Import Settings.

  • For Import Using drop-down menu, choose MP3 Encoder.
  • Next, select a file quality type, such as Higher Quality (192 kbps).
  • Click OK to save your settings.

Step 3. Select the WAV File You Want to Convert to MP3

From the music library, find the song in WAV file format that you want to convert to MP3.

Step 4. Convert It to MP3

Click on File and select Convert, then Create MP3 Version. Your WAV file will be intact, and the app will create an MP3 version with the same name. This is how to change WAV to MP3 on iTunes for PC.

How to Convert WAV to MP3 with iTunes on a Mac

iTunes converts WAV to MP3 on Mac easily. There are just a few simple steps to follow. If you happen to have uninstalled iTunes before, it's time to reinstall it using the App Store or directly from the link below.

Download iTunes for Mac

Step 1. Open iTunes

The first step of converting WAV to MP3 on a Macintosh would be to open iTunes.

Step 2. Change the Import Settings

Move your cursor on top of the menu bar, click iTunes, and from the drop-down menu, click on Preferences.

To change WAV to MP3 on a Mac, on the Preferences pop-up window:

  • For Import Using, choose MP3 Encoder.
  • Next, select a file quality type, such as Higher Quality (192 kbps).
  • Click OK when you are happy with your selection and go back to the main window.

Step 3. Find the Song You Want to Import in the Library

The iTunes library will automatically update all the songs it finds on the computer. If you have a large number of files, use the search function to find what you want.

Step 4. Convert It to MP3

You can right-click on a song title to access the Create MP3 Version option from the drop-down menu. If, for some reason, that option is not enabled when you right-click on a song's title, you can access it by going to File, then Convert, and then Create MP3 Version.

iTunes will go ahead and convert that file to MP3. When it's done, you'll have two versions displayed one after another. They may look the same, but you can right-click on the file and select Get Info to view the file format of each.

Want to burn that MP3 file to a CD? Here are the simple steps to do so:

  1. First, create a new playlist.
  2. Add any MP3 you want into the new playlist by drag-and-drop.
  3. Right-click on your playlist and select Burn Playlist to Disc.
  4. When the pop-up menu appears, make sure to select Audio CD.

Your MP3 CD will be ready in a few minutes! This is how you convert WAV to MP3 on a Mac.

How to Convert WAV to MP3 with Apple Music (for Catalina users)

If you're using a Mac running Catalina, you have probably already noticed that iTunes isn’t on the list of the pre-installed programs. To convert WAV to MP3 on a Catalina Mac, use Apple Music instead. Below are the instructions on how it’s done.

Step 1. Open Apple Music (the app is pre-installed on your Mac).

Step 2. In the menu bar, choose Music, then click Preferences.

Step 3. Next, in the Files tab, click Import Settings.

Step 4. Click the Import Using menu, then choose MP3 Encoder and click OK.

Step 5. Select the songs that you want to convert. Then click File, choose the Convert option, then select Create MP3 Version.

Converting WAV to MP3 with an iTunes Alternative

Now you know how to convert a WAV file to MP3 in iTunes. If you are unable to install iTunes on your machine, or for some reason, the above instructions don't work for you; it’s time to try your luck converting WAV to MP3 with an iTunes alternative such as Movavi Video Converter. Movavi Video Converter has many advantages that make it an ideal converter not only for iTunes WAV files but also for a variety of file formats.

  • 180+ file format supported
  • Audio and image conversion supported
  • HD videos supported
  • Device-specific conversion
  • Batch conversion
  • Compression
  • Sound level modification before conversion
  • Possibility to add subtitles to existing videos
  • Video-editing tool
  • No quality loss conversion

Now, we'll have a look at how to convert WAV to MP3 on Mac and PC using Movavi Video Converter, a versatile converter that works on both Mac and Windows machines.

Step 1. Install Movavi Video Converter

First thing first, you need to download and install Movavi Video Converter.

Step 2. Choose Which File to Convert

After launching the software, choose Add Media and then Add Audio on the drop-down menu. A popup window will appear, allowing you to select the WAV (or MP3) files you want to convert. Keep in mind that you can convert one file or multiple files at once.

Step 3. Adjust the Format Settings

You can choose either MP3 or WAV in the Output format field, depending on which type of conversion you need. If you want to adjust the bitrate for the MP3, you'll find it's available in the Audio > MP3 tab.

Step 4. Convert It to MP3

Now, it's time to select the folder where the program will save the converted files. The option is available upon clicking on the Save to button.

Once you are happy with your selection, click on the Convert button to start the conversion process. Depending on the file size, the process can take anywhere from one to several minutes. Here’s how you use Movavi Video Converter for Windows and Mac to convert WAV to MP3.

Comparison Table

To let you have a clearer idea of the pros and cons between iTunes and Movavi Video Converter, we've made the following comparison table.

Feature

iTunes

Movavi Video Converter

Versions for both Windows and Mac
Ad-free
Batch processing
Simple interface
Fast conversion
Multiple file support
Editing tools
Output for specific devices
Player functionality

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can iTunes play WAV files?

Yes, it can. iTunes WAV files can be supported, together with other formats such as MP3, Apple Lossless, AAC, and AIFF.

How do I play WAV files on a Mac?

Opening WAV files on a Mac is pretty simple. Simply double-click on the file, and it will be opened in iTunes or QuickTime, or VLC if you have it installed.

You can also convert WAV files to a more versatile format such as MP3 to use them on more devices. Some good WAV to MP3 converters include iTunes, Movavi Video Converter, and Freemake Video Converter.

What music formats does iTunes support?

Currently, iTunes supports five audio formats: MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF, and Apple Lossless(M4A).

How do I convert WAV to MP3 with iTunes on a Mac?

iTunes is traditionally pre-installed on Mac computers. Nowadays, the app is only available for users with devices running versions of macOS below Catalina. If this is your case, use the instructions below.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. On the menu bar, click iTunes and select Preferences.
  3. For Import Using, choose MP3 Encoder. Select the appropriate quality, such as Higher Quality (192 kbps). Click OK.
  4. Find the song you want to import in the Library. Go to File, then Convert, and then select Create MP3 Version.

If you’re using a Mac running Catalina, iTunes is no longer an option. Try converting WAV to MP3 in Apple Music instead. Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Open Apple Music.
  2. In the menu bar, click Music and select Preferences.
  3. In the Files tab, click Import Settings.
  4. Click the Import Using menu, choose MP3 Encoder, and click OK.
  5. Select the songs for conversion. Then click File, choose the Convert option, and select Create MP3 Version.