How to Convert Music to MP3
Edited by Pat Bitton
October 31, 2019
MP3 is still the most popular file type among the many available audio formats – you can play music in MP3 on almost all computers, players, cell phones, and tablets.
If you’ve encountered any of the following problems, you will find it helpful to convert your files to MP3.
Can’t open audio files on your device?
There are many different media formats, but not all are widely supported by smartphones and media players. You can avoid this problem if you convert your music to the universal MP3 format.
Audio files taking up too much space?
Music can take up a lot of storage space on your mobile device. MP3 music files are smaller, so converting your favorite songs to this format will help you free up space for more music!
Want to upload music to a third-party website?
If you create music and want to share it with the world, the Web offers a number of music platforms. If you want to share your music over the Internet, convert the audio files to the universal MP3 format so anyone can access it.
This article describes three different ways to convert audio files to MP3.
Try MP3 Music Converter from Movavi
Movavi video and audio converter can help you turn AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, or FLAC audio files into MP3.
Download the Movavi converter for Windows or Mac and follow the simple steps described in the video tutorial.
If you prefer text instructions, here’s our step-by-step guide to converting music to MP3.
Install the Movavi Multimedia Converting Software
First of all, you'll need to download the Movavi converter. When the installation file has finished downloading, open it and follow the on-screen instructions. It will only take you a few seconds.
Choose Files for Conversion
Click the Add Media button, select Add Audio and browse your hard drive to open the audio files you want to convert. Save time with batch conversion – Movavi MP3 Converter can help you process many songs in one go.
Select the MP3 Output Preset
Open the Audio tab, expand the MP3 category and choose from a number of presets with different bitrates. A higher bitrate generally means higher quality, which also means more disk space.
If you have some experience with this process, you might like the opportunity to adjust more advanced format settings. Click the Cogwheel button near the Output format field to configure a custom bitrate, sample rate, or other parameters.
Encode Audio to MP3
Before you start to convert files to MP3, specify the destination folder for the output files by clicking the Folder button. Then click Convert on the right.
Once the process is over, you can transfer your MP3s to the media player or smartphone. The Movavi converter supports two-way conversion between most formats, so if you wonder how to convert MP3 files to other formats, your steps are exactly the same except the output preset.
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Use a Free MP3 Music Converter
Another way to change the format of media files is to use a free MP3 music converter. Try VLC Media Player – it’s a freeware app that lets you convert media files to different formats. Keep in mind that this free MP3 converter has a couple of limitations – VLC cannot transform large files, and the conversion process is not particularly fast.
When the installation process is complete, launch the player. Click Media and select Convert/Save. Hit Add and select the files you want to convert. Click the Convert/Save button and select the MP3 format. To choose the destination folder, click Browse and choose the location where you want to save the files. Hit Start and wait until the job is done.
Differences between Desktop and Online Converters
Convert to MP3 Online
The third option is to use an MP3 music converter online. Below you’ll find a guide to changing formats with videoconverter.com – a convenient online conversion tool that lets you transform music to MP3 for free.
Open the Online Converter
Click the link below to go to the online converter website.
Add Your Audio File
Click Add Your Media and select the file you want to transcode. The online service only lets you convert files of a limited size and only one file at a time.
Select MP3 as the Target Format
Hit the MP4 button, click Audio to open the list of audio formats, and select MP3.
Convert the File to MP3
Click Convert, wait until the file is converted, and click Download to save the new file on your computer.