Convert WAV to MP3 for Free

Oct 16, 2010 - 14 Comments

convert wav to mp3 You can easily convert any WAV file to MP3 format by using one of two free methods we’ll detail below, both are simple and fast. The first trick uses iTunes, and the second tip uses a utility called All2MP3 to handle the audio file conversion.

iTunes is ubiquitous and cross-platform with Windows and Mac OS X support, and will handle the conversions easily, or you can go with the free download called All2MP3 that will convert the audio too. We’ll cover the two methods of wav audio file conversion and you can choose whichever is most relevant to your situation.

How to Convert a .wav file to .mp3 using iTunes

Apple’s popular and free iTunes media player can also do some basic file conversions, although it’s not just a matter of drag and drop. This method will work the same in iTunes on Mac OS X or Windows, and this cross platform versatility is why we’ll cover it first.

  • Launch iTunes
  • Open iTunes Preferences via the iTunes or Edit menu
  • Click on “Import Settings” under the General tab
  • Select “MP3 Encoder” from the ‘Import Using’ dropdown menu

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  • Adjust the bitrate quality setting if desired
  • Click “OK” and exit the preferences
  • Open the .wav files you want converted into iTunes
  • Select the now added .wav files and then go to the Advanced menu, and select “Create MP3 Version”

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  • iTunes will quickly re-encode the .wav file as an Mp3
  • Find the new .mp3 file in your iTunes directory

You can then delete the original wav files from iTunes if you want. Using this method you can also convert a .wav file to M4A, AAC, and AIFF, as we showed in convert songs to other formats using iTunes. The process is identical.

Convert a .wav file to .mp3 for free using All2Mp3

All2Mp3 is a great conversion utility for several reasons: one, it’s free, and two, you can adjust the bitrate quality using a sliding scale (default is 320kbps). It’s also very fast and extremely easy to use thanks to it’s simple drag and drop interface.

With that in mind, here’s how to convert a WAV audio file to MP3 using this free tool:

  • Download All2Mp3
  • Launch All2Mp3
  • Drag the .WAV files you want converted into the app, it can handle multiple files at once so drag as many as you want converted
  • Adjust the output quality options if desired using the sliding scale
  • Click on “Convert” and wait

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All2Mp3 works quickly and will default to outputting the new mp3 file in the same location as the origin .wav, so look for the file there unless you specify the path as otherwise.

Notice that All2mp3 handles many more conversions than just .wav files, you can drop nearly any audio file type into the app and it will convert it to the easy to use and widely accepted mp3 format. You may recognize it as the same app we used in our how to convert FLAC to MP3 guide, as well as converting WMA to MP3 and others.

All2Mp3 is Mac only so if you’re trying to convert some .wav files before transferring an iTunes library from a Windows PC to Mac, you’ll want to use the iTunes method instead.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Mark says:

    All2Mp3 has a virus according to the latest VirusBarrier – avoid it! When I tried to instal VirusBarriers warned me it carried a virus. So I did not install it.

  2. Ari says:

    Thankyou this was very helpful, the only thing i have to add is that in the new OSX once you have selected the .wav file to do the conversion the ‘create MP3 version’ option is located in the File tab in the menu under the ‘Convert’ option.

  3. ToniLeigh303 says:

    Can also see ‘Create MP3 Version’ to convert in File > Convert

  4. Doomups says:

    You can use Avdshare Audio Converter to Convert WAV to MP3 or Convert MP3 to WAV.

  5. shgy says:

    It worked!

  6. Ken Keppeler says:

    Never mind, I just saw it was supported only up to 10.6

  7. Iara says:

    Hi, Thanks for your help. It saved my work.

  8. Steven says:

    Thx man. Very helpful. You saved me time.

    Thx again Paul.

  9. Mary M. says:

    Thanks…so nice to have this info available…very helpful!

  10. Connie H. Deutsch says:

    .wav files have always been supported by iTunes.

  11. Kuram Srinivasachar Anand says:

    Thanks. I followed your instruction to convert wav files to mp3 using i-tunes. It was very simple.
    It is simple to add files to i-tunes. open FILE drop down menu select ADD FILE TO LIBRAY and select file. The file will be added to library.
    Next, to convert the file go to PLAY LISTS and select ‘RECENTLY ADDED’ and convert the file as instructed. Hope Mr. Richards finds this useful.

  12. Richard says:

    Hi Paul,

    I’ve tried that little program after I read this article and it worked like a charm:)

    I still wonder though how you managed to get .wma files inside iTunes;)


  13. Richard says:


    Thanks for the tip, but have a question – how exactly do you put .wma files into iTunes? Drag&drop doesn’t work at all, neither does import/add to library (O) option in File menu. Been using a Mac (MBP) for 4+ years and importing .wma files never worked to my knowledge in any iTunes version since then.


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