WAV format files differ from MP3 and other popular file types by not applying any type of compression to the data. This ensures almost impeccable audio quality but makes every song, even the shortest one, very heavy. So here I am, ready to show you how to convert WAV to MP3 with free software: an operation that involves a fair sacrifice in terms of audio quality, but allows you to recover a lot, a lot of disk space.
If you are convinced of your choice, do not wait any longer. Take five minutes of free time and discover with me how to transform files in WAV format into MP3 without making any effort and without combining disasters with the sound quality. How do you say? Are you afraid that the operations to be carried out may be too complicated for you, who are inexperienced in IT and new technologies? Don’t worry, everything is much simpler than you imagine.
So? What are you still doing standing there? Sit comfortably in front of your trusted computer and concentrate on reading this guide of mine entirely dedicated to the topic in question. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell you that you are more than satisfied with the results obtained. Let it bet?
How to Convert WAV in MP3 for Windows 10 64bit/32bit macOS
If what you are interested in doing is converting WAV to MP3 with Windows , the solutions you can turn to and the indications you need to follow are the ones you find below.
How to convert WAV to MP3 with fre:ac
The first of the tools to convert WAV to MP3 that I suggest you use is fre:ac . It’s totally free, open source, extremely fast, incredibly reliable and supports the most popular audio file formats, namely: M4A, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, Bonk and, of course, WAV and MP3.
To download the program to your computer, if you use Windows 10 or Windows 11, use the Microsoft Store; otherwise visit the program’s website and click on the link Self extracting installer (64 bit): freac-xxxx.exe or the link Self extracting installer (32 bit): freac-xxxx.exe (depending on the version of Windows you are using).
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, press the Yes button . Then set Italian as the language for the interface, click on the Next and Yes buttons , press the Next button again (four consecutive times) and the Finish button . After that, launch the program, by selecting its shortcut added to the Start menu .
After completing the above steps, close the fre:ac support screen and drag the WAV files to be converted into the main window of the program that has appeared on the screen. If you prefer to select the audio file manually, you can do it by pressing the button with the white sheet .
In conclusion, click on the arrow next to the green button with the play symbol , choose the LAME MP3 Encoder option from the menu that appears and wait for the conversion to be completed. Easier than that?
By default, the output files are saved in the Music folder on your computer, but if you wish you can change the latter by clicking on the Browse button located at the bottom right in advance.
If necessary, you can also intervene on the encoding parameters, by clicking on the button with the wrench located at the top, selecting the LAME MP3 Encoder v3.100 item from the Codec drop-down menu in the window that opens, pressing the Set button and intervening via the additional window displayed.
How to convert WAV to MP3 with VLC
If the solution to convert WAV to MP3 that I have already recommended has not satisfied you in a particular way, you can consider relying on VLC . If you have never heard of it, I inform you that it is a renowned multimedia player, totally free and open source in nature, which allows you to play all types of audio and video files without having to rely on external codecs. I have chosen to tell you about it in this tutorial of mine as it also makes tools available to users to carry out simple editing and conversion operations.
To download VLC to your computer, visit its website and press the Download VLC button. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, press the Yes and OK buttons . Then click on the Next buttons (three times in a row) and Install , then complete the setup by clicking on the Finish button .
Now that you see the program window on the desktop, to convert WAV to MP3 with VLC click on the Media menu located at the top left, then on the wording Convert / Save in it, press the Add button in the further window that opens and select the WAV file to convert.
At this point, click on the Convert / Save button at the bottom, select the Audio – MP3 option from the drop-down menu corresponding to the Profile item , press the Browse button to indicate the output location and click on the Start button to start the conversion.
Come convertire WAV in MP3 con Windows Media Player
If you want to convert WAV to MP3 on Windows 10 or any other OS version, you can also consider turning to the use of Windows Media Player . This is the historic multimedia player from Microsoft included in almost all editions of Windows, which, perhaps not everyone knows, can also be used to perform the operation covered by this guide, using the import functions, provided but that the WAV files to be edited are on a floppy disk.
Therefore, to convert WAV to MP3 with Windows Media Player , first insert the CD containing the audio files of your interest into the CD player connected to the computer, then open the program by clicking on the Start button (the one with the logo by Microsoft ) that you find on the taskbar and selecting the relevant link in the Start menu that appears (if you can’t find it it’s because the program is not active, to solve it follow the instructions I gave you in my guide on how to download Windows Media player).
Now that you see the Windows Media Player window, select the floppy disk icon in the left sidebar, click the CD Ripping Settings button located at the top left and choose the MP3 option from the Format menu and the 320 kbps option from the Audio quality menu (in order to obtain files of not reduced dimensions, but of good quality).
Once the above steps have been carried out, remove the check mark for the tracks you do not want to convert, click the Copy from CD button always located at the top and wait for Windows Media Player to process all the songs. The output files will be saved in the Windows Music folder .
How to convert WAV to MP3 with iTunes
Now let ‘s see how to convert WAV to MP3 with iTunes , Apple’s software through which you can manage your music collection on your computer, play audio files and also manage iPhone, iPad and iPod. If you haven’t already installed and configured iTunes on your PC, you can do it through the Windows 10/11 Microsoft Store or from the Apple site, as I explained in detail in my specific guide on the subject.
Next, launch iTunes by clicking on the Start button (the one with the Microsoft logo ) that you find on the taskbar and selecting the relevant link in the Start menu that appears. Once the program window appears on the screen, select the Music item from the drop-down menu at the top left, click on the Library tab located at the top and choose the Songs item in the left side menu.
Now, click on the Edit menu which is located at the top of the screen, choose the Preferences item present in it and, in the further window that appears, select the General tab . Then click on the Import settings button, choose the MP3 encoder option from the Import using drop-down menu , adjust the quality from the Settings drop-down menu and save the changes by pressing the OK button .
After completing the above steps, if the audio file you want to act on has not yet been imported into iTunes, drag the latter into the program window, then select it from the list, click on the File menu at the top on the left and choose the item Create MP3 version from the latter.
Once all the procedure is completed, you will find the converted version of the song in the program window. If you want, you can export it to any location by simply dragging and dropping it into the reference folder.
How to convert WAV to MP3 on Mac
If you are wondering how to convert WAV to MP3 with Mac , I inform you that the tools you can use to do this are practically all those that I have indicated in the previous lines relating to Windows, namely: fre:ac , VLC and Musica (which replaced iTunes from macOS Catalina onwards).
Come convertire WAV in MP3 online
You don’t want or can’t download and install new software on your computer and would like to know if there is a system to convert WAV to MP3 online , directly from the browser window? Said, done: you can turn to the 123Apps Audio Converter . It’s totally free and allows you to convert over 300 formats (including video) in an extremely simple and intuitive way. In addition, it allows you to act in batches and you can also adjust the more advanced parameters related to the output to your liking.
To use the 123app Audio Converter, go to its home page, press the Open files button and select the WAV file on your computer you want to act on. If the audio file is online, you can also get it from Google Drive, Dropbox or by providing its URL by clicking on the appropriate links.
Once the above steps have been carried out, click on the mp3 button , on the Convert button and wait for the conversion procedure to complete, then press the Download button to download the MP3 file obtained to your computer or select the links relating to cloud storage services to save it on the Net.
If before starting the conversion procedure you want to adjust the quality of the output audio file, you can do so by moving the cursor on the bottom bar, while by pressing the Advanced settings button you can intervene on sampling, bit rate and other parameters. If you wish, you can also edit the information relating to the returned audio file by clicking on the Edit information button .
Come convertire WAV in MP3 con Android
If, on the other hand, what you are interested in doing is converting WAV to MP3 with Android , I strongly suggest that you rely on a special app such as Media Converter . It’s free, very easy to use and allows you to convert audio and video files to and from any format. It also allows you to set its bitrate, sampling and other parameters.
To download and install it on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the Install button . If you’re using a device that doesn’t have the Play Store, you can download the app through an alternative store. Then, launch the app 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 in WAV format that you want to transform into MP3, then press the Convert to mp3 button and wait for the conversion procedure to start and finish. By default, the output file will be saved in the same location as the source one.
If you then need to customize the output file parameters before proceeding with the conversion, tap the Expert mode button, select the mp3 item from the Output Profile drop-down menu and adjust the options relating to duration, quality, etc. through the onscreen options, then tap the Convert button .
How to convert WAV to MP3 with iPhone and iPad
Do you own an Apple-branded device and are therefore wondering how to convert WAV to MP3 with iPhone and iPad ? The answer is soon given: using the Audio Converter app . It is a specific app for iOS/iPadOS which, as you can easily guess from the name itself, allows you to convert audio files, supporting all the most popular formats. It is free of charge, but to act on files weighing over 5 MB you need to unlock the Premium version through in-app purchases (at a one-off cost of 4.49 euros).
To download and install the app 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 proceed to start the app, selecting the relative icon that has been added to the home screen and/or the app library.
Now that you’re viewing The Audio Converter’s main screen, indicate where to get the WAV song to convert from using the appropriate icons and select the file. On the next screen, set the MP3 Audio (.mp3) option from the A drop-down menu and press the Convert button located at the bottom.
Then wait for the conversion process to complete, then specify the location in which to save the output file by pressing the Open in button or press the Share button to share the returned MP3 via WhatsApp, Messenger or other apps.