WAV audio file has superior audio quality. The precision and preservation capabilities of this format remain far superior to MP3 files. That being said, you can rarely hear the differences if you’re not using high-end audio equipment. And you might care even less if you’re not an audiophile.
With that out of the way, it’s true that MP3 files still have their benefits. The main reason most people choose it is that it is more manageable. It requires less storage space, which makes it ideal for creating song libraries. If you don’t know how to convert large WAV files to MP3 files, these are the tutorials that should make things easier for you.
How to Convert WAV to MP3 on Windows 10 PC
Converting audio files on Windows PC is very easy. Aside from the tons of downloadable programs available that handle this, there is also a built-in option …
windows media player
If you don’t want to get involved with third-party software, Windows Media Player can handle the audio conversions for you. It’s not the best option overall, but it’s already installed and does the job.
Start Windows Media Player.
Drag and drop the WAV file you want to convert into the music library.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the file and choose to import it into Windows Media Player.
Click the Organize button.
Then click the Options button.
In the new window, select the Rip Music tab.
Click Change and configure the desired storage location for the copied files.
In the Ripping Settings section, select the MP3 format.
Click Apply and then OK.
Now select the library file and then click the Copy button.
VLC media player
VLC Media Player also has audio file conversion capabilities. Since this is one of the most popular video players, you should probably know how to use this feature.
- Launch your VLC player.
- Click the Media button.
- Select the Convert / Save option.
- Click the Add button and select the desired WAV file.
- Click the Convert / Save button to confirm and continue.
- In the Profile list, select the MP3 file format.
- Click the Browse button and then select a storage folder for your new file.
- Press Start to start the process.
Note that VLC cannot handle batch conversions. Windows Media Player can rip entire CDs, but it struggles with massive WAV to MP3 conversions.
How to Convert WAV to MP3 on a Mac
If you are on a Mac, open iTunes. Once you open iTunes, follow these steps:
Click on iTunes at the top of your screen and click on ‘Preferences’.
Click on ‘Import Settings’
Choose ‘MP3 Encoder’
If you have Apple Music on your Mac, go to Music. Click on the Preferences option and then click on ‘Files’. Once you have selected the ‘Import Settings’ option, select MP3 Encoder.
Now you can start converting the files on your Mac.
Highlight the songs you want to convert and click on ‘File’ in the upper right corner.
Click on ‘Convert’ and then on ‘Create MP3 Version’
Click on the Create MP3 version option and wait for the process to finish.
How to Convert WAV to MP3 on a Chromebook
Chromebooks aren’t the fastest laptops in terms of performance. But, when it comes to converting a WAV file to an MP3 file, they do a pretty good job. The easiest way to use a conversion tool on a Chromebook is to add one from the Chrome Web Store to your browser.
- Inicie Chrome Web Store.
- Look for the WAV a MP3 Convpeas extension. Add it to your browser.
- Use the drag and drop method to add the desired file.
- Alternatively, click the Browse button to find WAV files on your drive. Select the Convert WAV to MP3 option.
- Click Start converting.
- Click on the new link below when you are done.
Please note that you can only access the download link for one hour. This plugin only handles individual file conversions and has no option for bulk conversions.
How to Convert WAV to MP3 on an iPhone
On an iPhone, you may need to download and install a dedicated audio converter. One of the best tools to use in this situation is The Audio Converter from SmoothMobile. It is a top rated App Store app that works flawlessly on iPhones and iPads.
- Search for The Audio Converter in the App Store.
- Install the application on your device.
- Launch the app.
- Choose a file that you want to convert.
- In the From field, place the WAV file.
- In the To field, select the MP3 format from the drop-down menu.
The conversion happens on a cloud server, but it is safe and fast. It should also save some of the battery life.
Tip: You can also share a file from another application and use it in the converter. It is also possible to share the MP3 in another application.
How to Convert WAV to MP3 on Android Device
If you are using Android 7.0 or newer operating system, it has some apps that can help you convert. An example is WAV to MP3 Converter.
- Search the app on the Google Play Store.
- Install the app and run it from your app list.
- Select Single Converter or Batch Converter.
- Click the Select WAV File button and choose your file.
- Click the Convert to MP3 button to start the process.
The application generally saves the converted files on your SD card.
How to Convert WAV to MP3 Via Online Web Converter
On a Windows PC or Mac computer, you also have the option to convert WAV files to MP3 files in your browser. Google Chrome arguably performs better in most situations. However, you can also use other popular alternatives. These are the sites that have been proven to work.
Online Audio Converter
Online Audio Converter supports a wide range of audio file formats and conversions. The interesting thing is that you can upload a file from your device, Google Drive or Dropbox. And you can even just submit a URL link.
This is how you can convert.
- Ir online-audio-converer.com.
- Select one of the options in the first section of the application interface.
- In the second section of the application, select the desired output file format and quality.
- Click the Convert button.
Note that this site also supports batch conversions, but you must upload the files in a .zip file.
Convert audio online
Another efficient and free online converter is Audio Online Convert. This tool also supports a variety of format conversions, including conversions from WAV to MP3. Using the application is simple.
- Ir audio.online-convert.com.
- Expand the Audio Converter menu on the left side of the page.
- Click the Convert to MP3 option.
- Click the Choose Files button.
- Alternatively, type a URL, add files from your Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Make the desired changes in the Optional Settings section. Click the Start Conversion button.
Value Tip # 1: You can also use drag and drop to add files and prepare them for conversion.
Value Tip # 2: It’s possible to trim the audio if you only want to save certain parts of a song. Or if you want to remove unnecessarily long intros and outros.
There are many other tools available for online audio format conversions. Most of them are also free, although they may have some limitations. For example, some online tools may not allow batch uploads and conversions.
Others run slowly unless you subscribe to a premium version. In some cases, you may find limited support for conversions. However, WAV to MP3 is a popular option and is almost always available. Using online conversion tools is usually quite easy. Most of them delete your files after conversion (or so they claim at least) so that your data remains safe.
Pro Tip: Many of the browser’s conversion tools will also work if you’re using a Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook. Hence, they are presented as promising alternatives for any desktop conversion tool. However, not all browser conversion tools come with mobile-friendly interfaces.
For most home audiences, the quality differences between WAV files and MP3 files are minimal. The MP3 format is preferable for storage purposes, regardless of the device. And, as you can see, there is no shortage of built-in or third-party applications that you can use and for any operating system or platform.
Do you know of any other apps that work even better or have additional useful features? Do you think it is not worth saving storage space if the audio quality is going to be lower? Let us know what you think of the WAV vs. MP3 in the comments section below.