How To Convert .Wav Music Files Into Mp3 File With iTunes

by Gilles Arbour - Date: 2008-09-24 - Word Count: 396 Share This!

For those of you who came in late, iTunes is a media player that allows you to play and organize digital music and video files. But if you thought that iTunes is just a digital music jukebox, think again! It allows you to buy music online, burn CDs, and sync files. Plus, it allows you to convert audio files easily and quickly.

That's really a useful function for many of you. Consider for example, that you have purchased background music in .vaw format from a royalty free music website. Now you want to use it on your website, but the .wav file is too big. You need to convert the file to MP3 format for better compression. Or, maybe you want to listen to your favorite soundtracks on the long drive to office every day. But the .wav format is not compatible with the music player in your car. So what do you do?

Try converting the .wav files into MP3 file with iTunes. If you don't know how, just follow the simple step-by-step instructions given below and you are on track.

Launch iTunes.
Open iTunes Preferences.
Windows: On the Edit menu, click Preferences.
Mac: From the iTunes menu, choose Preferences.

Select the Advanced tab from the top menu, and then click the Importing options nested under the Advanced tab. NOTE: If you are using iTunes 8 go to IMPORT SETTINGS under GENERAL.

In the drop down list next to Import Using, select MP3 Encoder.

Select one of the three preferences from the drop down list next to Setting, to specify a quality preference. Your options are:
Good Quality (128 kbps)
High Quality (160 kbps)
Higher Quality (192 kbps)

For web usage, you may need more compression. In Setting, choose Custom and then choose between 24 kpbs and 96 kbps according to the quality you want. 48 kpbs and 64 kbps are often used by web designers. (Tip: Always use the Stereo mode for music).

Click OK to close the Preferences window.
Select one or more .wav files from your library.
From the Advanced menu, choose Convert selection to MP3 (or Create MP3 Version in iTunes 8). The conversion time will vary depending on the number of files, the type of conversion, and the speed of your computer.

You will hear a beep sound when iTunes completes converting your files. The new MP3 music file will be automatically generated and will be placed right under the original file in the music library.

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