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Convert Audio to MP3, FLAC, or Other Compressed Format

This article will cover how to convert audio to MP3 and other formats.

Converting audio files to another type of file like MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless is a pretty straightforward process.

First of all, there are tons of different audio converters out there. Some are free, some might even be bundled with your system already. For these instructions, I will be using an open source audio conversion program called CDex. You can download it free here:

Make sure you select the correct version for your operating system, as there are several versions to choose from.

Once the program is installed, you will see the main user interface which is should be similar to the screen like mine below.

This program allows you to do a few different types of conversions: You can convert uncompressed WAV files to compressed files such as MP3 or FLAC. You can also convert a compressed audio file into a WAV file. Lastly, you can re-encode compressed audio into another format.

In order to convert WAV audio files, press F11, or click the Convert menu option followed by the Convert WAV file(s) to Compressed Audio file(s).

A new window will appear, giving you the option to now select a directory on your computer.

You will want to point it to the location of your WAV audio files. To do this, click the small button next to the directory. Find the directory on your computer that contains the wav files. If your files are in subfolders, make sure to click the button “Look in Subfolders”. If you don’t want to include subfolders, leave this box unchecked.

If the list on screen looks to be what you want to convert, press the convert button and the program will begin the conversion process.

You can follow these very same steps to convert MP3 or other compressed audio files to WAV, also you can convert compressed audio to other formats of compressed audio by selecting Re-encode compressed Audio files from the convert menu.

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