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In the world of digital audio, there is no shortage of unique file formats in which you can create and share music. In general, the different forms of coded digital audio are based on different compression techniques. On a simple level, a compression method reduces audio fidelity to ensure that the file size of a particular piece of music remains small and manageable. In terms of compression, WAV and MP3 files are at the other end of the spectrum. Although WAV files are generally quite large, MP3 is one of the easiest music formats to share because of its compact size. In this sense, learning how to convert WAV files to MP3 format with common software such as Windows Media Player allows you to share your favorite music at any time.
What is a WAV file?
A waveform audio file format (WAV, pronounced “Wave”) is a raw audio format developed by Microsoft and IBM. WAV files are uncompressed, lossless audio files that can take up a lot of space at about 10 MB per minute.
WAV file formats use containers to contain audio in pieces using the resource exchange file format. This is a common method that Windows uses to store audio and video files – such as AVI – but can also be used for all data.
They are mainly used in the professional music recording industry, but more and more people are moving away from WAV and using FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) because it uses compression to reduce file size while maintaining quality.
What is an MP3?
In short, an MP3 is a coded version of your title whose quality has been strategically compromised in order to minimize the amount of data required for online distribution. The encoder reduces the bits that are significantly less important and gives us a smaller file.
How to convert WAV to MP3
Using the VLC Media Player
In this step we convert “WAV” to MP3 with the VLC Media Player. For that:
- Download the VLC Media Player from here and install it on your computer.
- Open the software and press “Ctrl” + “R” simultaneously to open the conversion menu.
- Click on the “Add” button and select the “WAV” file you want to convert.
- Click on the Convert/Save button.
- In the next window, activate the “Convert” option and click on the “Profile” drop-down list.
- Select “MP3 Audio” from the list and select the destination by clicking on “Browse”.
- Click Start and the media player will automatically convert the file.
Use online solutions to convert your files
There are many websites that allow you to convert your audio files for free. You can convert up to 10 files at a time, and they will not store any of your files on their servers for more than 24 hours.
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