How to convert audio files for

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Have you downloaded songs from the Internet, but your phone can’t play them? Don’t despair, the solution to your problems is closer than you think. All you have to do is install an audio file converter, like the ones I’m about to tell you about, and feed it the songs you can’t listen to on your devices.

It doesn’t matter what the starting file format is, the converters I’m going to introduce you to are capable of dealing with all the most popular ones: AAC, WAV, OGG, MP3 and many more. I bet you will be surprised how efficient and easy they are to use. How do you say? You are not very practical in terms of information technology and new technologies and are you afraid that the use of the solutions in question is out of your reach? Come on, don’t be a coward! Apart from the fact that these are very simple tools to use, but then I really don’t see what you’re worried about if I’m here with you, willing to provide you with all the explanations you need.

Courage, therefore, let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s see immediately how to convert audio files using Windows, macOS and Linux, special web services compatible with all OSes and apps for Android and iOS/iPadOS smartphones and tablets. Are you ready? Yup? Great. I wish you a good reading and a lot of fun!

How to convert audio files in MP3 for computer PC macOS

If you are interested in understanding how to convert audio files to MP3 on a computer , the solutions that, in my humble opinion, you would do well to rely on are the ones you find below. They work on both Windows and macOS and Linux .

fre:ac (Windows/macOS/Linux)


The first solution I want to tell you about to convert audio files to MP3 format (but not only!) is fre:ac . It is undoubtedly one of the best audio converters currently available on the market. Its main advantages? It’s free, open source, compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux, and supports a huge range of audio files: MP3, OGG, FLAC, AAC, WMA, and more. You can then use it to convert M4A audio files to MP3 , to convert AAC audio files to MP3 etc.

To download fre:ac on your computer, connected to the relative website, select the Downloads item from the left sidebar and click on the freac-xxexe link located next to the Self extracting installer wording (if you are using Windows) or on the freac-xx link -macosx.dmg (if you are using macOS).

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows , open the .exe file you just obtained and, in the window that you see appearing on the desktop, click on the Yes and Next buttons , press the Yes button again , again on the Next button (four times) and bring complete the setup by clicking on the Finish button . Then launch the program by double-clicking the shortcut added to the Start menu (if it doesn’t start automatically.

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If you are using macOS , open the downloaded .dmg package that contains the software and drag the fre:ac icon to your computer’s Applications folder . Subsequently, right-click on it with the mouse and select the Open item from the context menu, in order to start the application, however, going around the Apple limitations imposed against unauthorized developers (an operation that must be performed only on the first start).

Now that you see the fre:ac window on your screen, all you have to do is select the correct format for the conversion. So click on the arrow located next to the Play button at the top right and choose the LAME MP3 Encoder item from the menu that appears.

Later, if you want to adjust the bitrate or other parameters related to the output files, click on the gear icon located at the top right and set your preferences from the additional window shown.

If you wish, before starting the conversion you can also change the destination folder for the output files, which by default is Music , by clicking on the Browse button at the bottom right and selecting the location you prefer on your PC or Mac.

Finally, click on the white sheet icon located in the upper left to select the songs to convert or drag them directly into the program window, then press the Play button and wait for the process to complete.

MediaHuman Audio Converter (Windows/macOS)

MediaHuman Audio Converter

Another excellent tool that, in my humble opinion, you can decide to turn to to convert audio files is MediaHuman Free Audio Converter . It is free of charge, easy to use and allows you to edit all the main audio file formats, therefore not only MP3, but also WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF and Apple Lossless. It is perfectly compatible with both Windows and macOS.

To download MediaHuman Free Audio Converter to your computer, visit its website and click the Windows flag button (if you’re using Windows) or the one with the bitten apple (if you’re using macOS).

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Once the download is complete, if you are using Windows , open the .exe file obtained and, in the window shown on the desktop, click on the Yes button . Then select the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and press the Next button (four times), then complete the setup by clicking on the Install and Finish buttons .

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If you are using macOS , open the .dmg package obtained and drag the MediaHuman Free Audio Converter icon into the Mac Applications folder , then right- click it with the mouse on it and choose Open from the menu that appears, in order to start however, the program goes around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only on first start).

Once the MediaHuman Free Audio Converter window appears on your screen, click the (+) button at the top to manually select the audio files you want to convert to MP3. Alternatively, you can drag and drop songs directly into the MediaHuman Free Audio Converter window.

After completing the above steps, expand the Format drop-down menu at the top and, from the further window shown, select the file format you want to get after the transformation, then choose the MP3 option . If you deem it appropriate, also adjust the bitrate and click on Close .

By default, the output files are saved in the Music folder of your computer, but if you prefer to change it you can do it by clicking on the wrench button located on the top toolbar, selecting the Output tab and indicating a path in the field under the heading Output folder .

In conclusion, press the button with the two arrows always located at the top and wait for the conversion procedure to be completed.

More solutions to convert audio files to MP3 on computer

Convertitore MP3

If you are looking for other solutions by which you can convert audio files to and from the MP3 format on your PC or Mac, you can consider relying on the following programs.

  • Adapter (Windows / macOS) — free software, working on both Windows and macOS, very intuitive and full of options, through which you can convert audio files to MP3, but also to various other formats. It also supports video and image conversion. More info here.
  • Switch Audio File Converter (Windows/macOS) — free program for personal use, compatible with both Windows and macOS, which allows you to convert to and from all popular audio file formats, including MP3. It also offers several advanced options to customize the conversion operations.
  • Windows Media Player (Windows) — is the media player included “standard” in all major editions of Windows (if you can’t find it among the available programs, read this guide of mine to find out how to fix it). Perhaps not everyone knows it, but it is also possible to convert audio files to MP3 with Windows Media Player by ripping CDs, proceeding as explained in detail in my dedicated tutorial.
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How to convert file audio in MP3 online

You don’t want or can’t download and install new programs on your computer and, therefore, would you like me to show you some solution by which you can convert audio files to MP3 online , directly from the browser window? I’ll settle you instantly. You will find listed below some of the best solutions in the category.

Audio converter by 123apps

Convertitore MP3

123apps Online Audio Converter is an online service that, as you can easily deduce from the name itself, does only one thing, but perfectly: convert audio files. It’s completely free of charge and supports over 300 different audio file formats, including MP3.

To use 123apps Audio Converter, connected to its home page, click on the Open files button at the top and select the audio file on your computer that you want to convert to MP3. You can also get the file from Google Drive , Dropbox or via URLs by clicking on the adjacent links.

Subsequently, select mp3 as output format, set the final quality using the appropriate adjustment bar and, if you deem it appropriate, adjust sampling parameters, bit rate, etc. by pressing the Advanced Settings button . If, on the other hand, you want to edit the song’s tags, press the Edit track information button .

To start the conversion process, then, press the Convert button located at the bottom. Then click the Download link in the center of the page to download the output file to your computer. If you prefer, you can also save the converted song to Google Drive or Dropbox, always selecting the relevant links.

More solutions to convert audio files to MP3 online


If you are interested in discovering other solutions to convert audio files directly online to MP3 format, I suggest you consider the following solutions.

  • CloudConver — is a web service capable of converting many different types of files including audio files, to MP3 and more. It does not apply upload limitations, but can be used for a maximum of 25 conversions per day and also has other restrictions that can be circumvented by creating an account and possibly subscribing to one of the subscription plans (with prices starting from 8.54 euros)
  • Zamzar — is another online tool that allows you to make the most varied types of conversions, free and without registration. Also keep in mind the fact that by subscribing to a paid plan (with costs starting at $12/month) you can increase storage space, remove advertising and take advantage of other extra features.
  • – another online tool for converting from and to all the most popular audio file formats, including MP3, of course. It has a nice user interface, it’s free and requires no registration
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how to convert file audio in MP3 for smartphone e tablet

You don’t have a computer at hand and, therefore, would like me to explain to you how to convert audio files to MP3 on smartphones and tablets ? Then use the solutions you find below, available for both Android and iOS/iPadOS . I sincerely hope they are able to satisfy you.

Media Converter (Android)

Media Converter

If you’re using an Android smartphone or tablet and are looking for a dedicated solution to convert audio files to MP3, I suggest Media Converter . It is an excellent free app that allows you to convert audio and video files to MP3 and many other formats. It also allows you to set the bitrate, sampling and other parameters. Also, you can use it without any problem to convert WhatsApp audio files to MP3 .

To download and install Media Converter on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the Install button (you can also search for the app on an alternative store). Then, launch the application by selecting the relevant icon that has been added to the home screen and/or drawer.

Now that you are viewing the Media Converter main screen, use the integrated file manager to select the song you are interested in working on, then tap the Convert to mp3 button . To personally adjust the conversion parameters, however, you must touch the Expert mode button , select MP3 as the output format from the Output Profile menu , make all the various adjustments using the appropriate menus and fields and press the Convert button .

Then wait for the conversion procedure to start. When finished, by default the output file is saved in the same location as the source one.

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Converter Audio (iOS/iPadOS)

The Audio Converter

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, I recommend the Audio Converter app . It is specific to iOS/iPadOS and allows you to convert audio files. It supports MP3 and all popular formats. It’s free, but to act on files weighing over 5 MB you need to unlock the Premium version through in-app purchases (at a one-time cost of 4.49 euros).

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To download and install Audio Converter on your device, visit the relevant section on the App Store, press the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download using Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then start the app by selecting the relative icon that has been added to the home screen and/or the app library.

Now that you are viewing the Audio Converter main screen, specify where to get the audio file to convert from using the appropriate icons and select it, then choose the MP3 Audio (.mp3) option from the A drop-down menu

In conclusion, press the Convert button located at the bottom of the screen and wait for the conversion process to complete. Subsequently, specify the location in which to save the output file by pressing the Open in button or the Share button to share it using other apps.

How to convert audio files to video

How to convert audio files

Do you need to extract the audio tracks from your movies and, therefore, would you like me to explain how to convert audio files to video ? If so, I suggest you check out my specific Farsi-focused guide.

How to convert audio files to text

How to restore PC audio

If, on the other hand, your need is to convert audio files into text , I inform you that the thing is feasible, provided that you resort to the use of tools specially designed for this purpose, such as those that I pointed out to you in my guide on topic. I already anticipate that you can also use it to convert audio files into Word text .

How to convert audio file to ringtone

Smartphone Android

Have you found some audio files that you would like to turn into a ringing tone for your smartphone, but you don’t know how to do it? No problem! I can explain to you how to convert audio files into ringtones , using special tools, all those that I have indicated in my tutorial dedicated to the subject. You can use it for both Android devices and to convert audio files to iPhone ringtone .

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