Have you downloaded some music in AAC, OGG or FLAC format from the Internet that are not “digested” by your portable music player? To solve the problem it should be enough to transform these files into common MP3s, it is a very simple operation that you can carry out completely for free.
Try downloading one of the applications for convert MP3 that I am about to report to you and follow all the steps that you find illustrated below. I assure you that in a matter of clicks all your favorite songs will be playable by any music player worthy of the name. Not only that, if necessary you can also optimize the size of your music files (by making some small sacrifices in terms of audio quality) and save space on your MP3 player.
But let’s not digress now. Let’s focus on the main theme of our guide and find out which are the best free software we can rely on. Regardless of the operating system that is installed on your computer (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) you will find the program that best suits your needs. This is for sure.
Fre:ac is definitely one of the best free apps for convert MP3. It is distributed under an open source license and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Using it, you can select any M4A, WMA, Ogg, FLAC, AAC, WAV, Bonk song and convert it to MP3 or vice versa.
To download fre:ac on your computer, connect to the program’s website and select the item Downloads located in the left sidebar. Then click on the link located next to the item Self extracting installer (ex. fre:ac 1.0.24.exe) or, if you’re using a Mac, click on the link next to the wording Binary .dmg image (ex. freac-20150725-macosx.dmg).
When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (eg. freac–1.0.24.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on the button Yup and then up Come onagain Yup, Come on four consecutive times e end to complete the setup.
If you use a Mac, the procedure to follow is even simpler: all you have to do is open the dmg package you just downloaded and drag the Fre:ac icon into the folder Applications of OS X. To start the program for the first time – due to the security measures included in OS X for applications downloaded outside the Mac App Store – you may need to right-click its icon and select the voice You open from the menu that appears.
You are now ready to take action! Start fre:ac and click on the first of the icons in the application toolbar (the White sheet with the music note next to it) to select the songs to convert. Then click on the arrow located next to the green button with the symbol play and choose the output file format between: LAME MP3 Encoders (MP3 format); FAAC MP4/AAC Encoders (m4a format); FLAC Audio Encoders (FLAC format); Ogg Vorbis Encoder (subj format); Windows Media Audio Encoder (wma format); Windows Wave file output (WAV format) e Bonk Audio Encoder (bonk format).
The conversion will start immediately. To select the folder in which to save the songs converted with fre:ac, click on the button Browse located in the lower right. You can also convert music CDs to MP3 (or other compressed audio files) by clicking the button with the icon Audio CDs and selecting the output format of the songs as just seen together.
How to Convert MP3s using MediaHuman Audio Converter (Windows/Mac)
MediaHuman Audio Converter is a free software that allows you to convert all major audio file formats: not only MP3, but also WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF and Apple Lossless. It is available for Windows and Mac OS X.
To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and click on the button Downloads. Once the download is complete, open the file MHAudioConverter.exe just downloaded and click on first Yup and then up Come on. Then place a check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup by first clicking on Come on for four consecutive times and then on Install And end.
If you use a Mac, to install MediaHuman Audio Converter on your computer you need to open the dmg package you just downloaded from the program’s website and drag the latter’s icon into the folder Applications of OS X. Then you have to right click on the MediaHuman Audio Converter icon and select the item You open from the menu that opens (operation necessary only when starting the software for the first time).
Now you just have to drag the songs to convert into the MediaHuman Audio Converter window, expand the menu format located at the top and select, in the window that opens, the format and quality of the output files. For example, if you want to get MP3s with a bitrate of 192kbps, you have to select the item MP3s in the first drop-down menu and the item 192kbps in the second menu.
After that you need to click on the button Close and start converting the files by clicking on the icon with the two arrows which is located at the top right. To change the folder where the output files are exported, click on the icon wrench (or go to the menu MediaHuman Audio Converter > Preferences on Mac) and indicate your favorite destination in the field Output folder.
If you need to convert MP3s only occasionally or in any case you want to avoid installing new programs on your computer, you can rely on Media io, a free online service that works directly from the browser. It supports all major audio file formats for input and many formats for output as well. To be precise, it allows you to generate MP3, WAV, WMA and OGG files with a maximum bitrate of 320 kbit/s.
To use it, connected to its home page, click on the button Select files to upload and select the files to convert (there is a 750MB upload limit). After that choose the desired output format among MP3s, WAV extension, WMA extension And SUBJECTselect one of the available bitrates (96, 128, 192 or 320 kbit/s) and click on the button Convert to start downloading and converting songs.
Online Convert (Web)
Online Convert is a universal converter that works over the Internet. It allows you to convert all major audio file formats and can be used from any browser (without resorting to additional plugins).
To convert a song from or to the MP3 format with Online Convert, connect to the home page of the site and use the drop-down menu located under the heading Audio converter (top left) to select the audio file format you want to get as output. You can choose between: MP3s, AAC extension, SUBJECT, WMA extension, FLAC and other file types.
At this point, click on the button Choose files/Browse and select the song to convert. So use the drop-down menu Change audio bit rate to set the output file quality (maximum is 320kbps), place a check mark next to the item Normalize audio to normalize the volume of the selected track and click on the button Convert files to start the conversion process. You can upload files with a maximum weight of 100MB.
The duration of the operation depends on the weight of the song to be converted and on the speed of the Internet connection at one’s disposal. At the end of the conversion, the download of the output file will automatically start on the PC. Easier than that?