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Audio converter: Are you reorganizing the digital music collection you have on your PC and would you like to convert some files you originally downloaded to other formats to MP3? No problem. All you need is an audio converter that can “digest” all the music files without problems, maybe free and easy to use. I have several to offer, for Windows , Mac and even Linux , and they all correspond to this “identikit”. Choose the one that best suits your needs and find out how to best use it by following the instructions I am about to give you.

How do you say? Are you interested in it, but not being very practical in terms of IT and new technologies, are you concerned that the operations to be performed may be too complicated for you? But don’t worry, really! I assure you that contrary to appearances and beyond what you may think, use the tools to convert the audio files that I am about to show you, do not require any particular technical knowledge. All you need are just a minimum of patience and concentration, a few minutes of free time and a PC, nothing else.

Come on then, don’t be a coward! Make yourself comfortable in front of your trusted computer, start focusing on reading this article and find out with me which audio conversion is right for you. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied and that even if necessary you will also be ready to provide some useful advice to your most needy friends. Enjoy the reading!

Fre: ac (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Screenshots of Fre: ac

The first audio converter I want to suggest to you is Fre: ac . Have you never heard of it? No problem, let’s fix it right away. It is a free and open source resource that allows you to transform all major audio file formats (MP3, MP4 / M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk) and to “rip” audio CDs. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, so it can be used without problems regardless of the operating system installed on the computer.

To download Fre: ac on your PC, connected to its official website and click on the link Self extracting installer: freac-xx.exe . When the download is complete, open the installation package of Fre: ac ( freac-xx.exe ) and complete the program setup by clicking first on Yes and then on Next , Yes , again Next three consecutive times and finally Install and End .

If instead you are using a Mac, download the program by clicking on the Binary link .dmg image: freac-xx-macosx.dmg  then open the  newly downloaded .dmg package and drag the icon of the program inside it contains in the Applications folder of macOS / OS X. The first time you start the software, to avoid the appearance of errors, you may need to right-click on its icon and select the Open item from the menu that appears.

Once the installation is complete, to start converting your files with Fre: ac just select the output format you prefer from the appropriate drop-down menu and adjust the codec settings (i.e. the bitrate and other settings of the songs to be obtained). Then click on the arrow next to the ▶ ︎ button in the Fre: ac toolbar and select one of the output formats supported by the program: MP3 , FLAC , WAV etc.

Then click on the gear icon  always present in the program toolbar and set all the parameters relating to the quality of the audio files to be obtained. If you want advice, if you have chosen a “lossy” format like MP3, never go below 192 kbps  in order to avoid getting bad quality songs.

Finally, click on the Browse button  which is located at the bottom right and indicates the folder in which to save the output files, drag the songs to be converted in the Fre: ac window and start their conversion by clicking on the ▶ ︎ button.

If, on the other hand, you want to convert the files starting from songs from an audio CD, you have to follow the same steps as above but instead of dragging the files to be converted in the program window, you have to click on the Add songs from audio CD all button. list  at the top left (the audio CD icon with the “+” symbol next to it).

MediaHuman Audio Converter (Windows and Mac)

Audio converter

Even  MediaHuman Audio Converter  is a convert audio noteworthy and deserves to be mentioned in an article on the subject. It is in fact a free software available for Windows and Mac that can convert all the main audio file formats: WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF and Apple Lossless. In addition, it has a fairly simple and intuitive user interface.

To download the program to your PC, connected to its official website and click on the Download button,   then open the program installation package (eg  MHAudioConverter.exe ), click on the Yes button   and tick the item  I accept the terms of the contract license . Then click on  Next  four times in a row and complete the setup procedure by pressing first on  Install  and then on  Finish .

If you are using a Mac, after downloading MediaHuman Audio Converter on your computer, you must open the package in  .dmg format  that contains the program and drag the icon of the latter to the Applications folder   of macOS / OS X.

Afterwards, start the program and drag the audio files to be converted into the relative window that appeared on the desktop. Then expand the Format drop-down menu   located at the top right and in the window that opens, select the item relating to the format in which you want to convert from the first menu, set the desired quality for the output file (e.g.  stereo, 44100Hz, 320kbps ) in the second menu and click on the Close button   to save all the settings.

Finally, click on the button with the  two arrows  located at the top right and wait for the file conversion to finish. By default, the converted songs will be saved in your computer’s Music folder .

Free Audio Converter (Windows)

Audio converter

As for the Windows “world” only, as an alternative to the above resources you can turn to Free Audio Converter  which is extremely easy to use and supports all the main audio file formats: AAC, AC3, AIFF, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA and others. The program is free, but it applies an audio watermark (i.e. a short advertisement relating to the software during playback) to the converted files which can be removed if necessary by switching to the Premium (paid) version of the same at the time of conversion.

To download it to your PC, connected to its official website and click on the Download button . At the end of the download, open the file you just obtained (eg  FreeAudioConverter_x.xxxxx_d.exe ) and click first on Yes , then on OK and then on Next twice in succession. The download of all the components necessary for the installation of the software will then start and when the procedure is completed the Free Audio Converter window will automatically open on the desktop.

Then click on the Add file … button and select all the tracks on your computer you want to convert. Then indicate, through the drop-down menu at the top left, the output format you want to obtain (eg Convert to MP3 ) and then start the conversion procedure by pressing the Convert button at the top right and then on the Convert item in response to the notice that you see appear on the screen.

If you want, before starting the processing you can also customize the quality level of the files by expanding the drop-down menu located at the top right (eg Standard quality ) and changing the default folder in which to export them by going to Tools> Options and changing the path that you find indicated near the wording Output folder .

Music Converter (Mac)

Free <a href=><noscript><img src=If you use a Mac and you are looking for a free audio converter, take a look at Music Converter which allows you to convert all the major audio file formats: MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA, M4A, AIFF, FLV and others. It has not been updated for a while, but still continues to impeccably fulfill its purpose and to function very well. You can download it for free from the Mac App Store by clicking first on View in the Mac App Store and then on Free / Install the app .

Using it is a real no-brainer. All you have to do is click on the Get started button to access its main screen and drag the song to be transformed into the latter. So click on the button relating to the file format you want to get as output (eg MP3 , AAC or even Ringtone to create ringtones for iPhone) and click on Convert to start the transformation of the song. The output file will be saved in the macOS / OS X MusicaMusic Converter folder .

It is good to underline that Music Converter can convert only one song at a time: to enable the simultaneous conversion of several elements at the same time you must purchase the Pro version of the software. (Online)

There are also online services that allow you to convert multimedia files (and not only) directly from the browser. Among the most famous is . It is in fact a very simple online tool to use which, in fact, allows you to convert all the main audio file formats. It’s free, requires no registration, and is perfectly compatible with all web browsers.

To perform conversion operations with, connected to the home page of the service, click on the Select file to upload button and select the files to convert. Then click on the button relating to the output format you want to obtain ( MP3 , WAV , WMA or OGG ), select the quality that the output songs must have ( 96 kbit / s , 128 kbit / s , 192 kbit / s or 320 kbit / s ) and start the conversion procedure by clicking on the Convert button  .

Keep in mind that the procedure could go on for a long time considering that before being converted the audio file must be uploaded to the servers of the service. A complete procedure, you can download the song by clicking on the Download button that you will see appear on the service’s web page. The file will then be downloaded to your computer’s Downloads folder (if you have not made changes to the browser’s default settings).

ZamZar (Online)

How to convert WAV to MP3

The audio converter above has not been able to attract your attention in particular? Then don’t throw in the towel yet and immediately take a look at  ZamZar which is completely free, simple to use and works with all the main Web browsers. It allows you to convert any type of audio file with a size not exceeding 100 MB.

If you want to find out how it works, connected to its home page, click on the Choose files … button and select the songs to be converted (uploading multiple files at the same time is allowed). Then select the output format you want to obtain from the Convert files to drop-down menu :  choose the one you want from the Music formats section and type your email address in the Step 3 field .

Now you just have to click on the Convert button , visit the download link that will be sent to you by email at the end of the conversion and download the converted songs by clicking on the Download now button located next to the names of the latter.