If we have songs in WMA, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis format or traditional audio CDs, in this guide we will show you all the tools we can use to convert a song to MP3 on any modern platform, so you can act immediately where necessary and get a new library full of files ready for listening.
Guide to converting to MP3All the programs, sites and apps that we recommend are offered for free, so we will not have to pay any license fees for converting our songs to MP3. Obviously we assume that the songs to be converted are already in our possession, saved in a format other than MP3 or stored on a standard audio CD: none of the sites reported will allow you to download songs from the Web (this operation being illegal).
How to convert songs to MP3 from PCThe best program to convert songs to MP3 from PC is MediaHuman Audio Converter, available for free for Windows and Mac.
This program is really very simple to use: drag our music files into the interface, make sure MP3 is selected in the format field at the top, choose the folder where to save the converted files (in the drop-down menu at the bottom) then we press the button Converted to start converting to MP3.
Alternatively we can use the Fre: ac program, available free for Windows and Mac.
Also in this case the conversion to MP3 is really very simple: add the files by pressing the (+) symbol at the top, select the audio files, press the Shop by Department at the bottom right and choose the folder where to save the converted songs. To start the actual conversion, press the arrow button next to the Play button and select the item LAME MP3 Encoder.
App to convert a song to MP3If we want to convert to MP3 songs directly from our smartphone or tablet, we can use the Media Converter app, available for free for Android devices.
Using this app is very simple: select the song to convert in the included file manager, then press the button Convert to MP3 to start the conversion.
From iPhone and iPad we can convert a song to MP3 using the free The Audio Converter app.
With this app we will be able to convert any song on the fly, choosing MP3 as the output format and starting the conversion, which we can choose whether to save in the phone's memory or share in some social app.
How to convert a song to MP3 onlineIf we want to avoid using programs or apps for converting songs to MP3, we can use sites that can convert any file online. One of the best is undoubtedly media.io.
To use the online service, simply drag the file to be converted into the window, choose the MP3 format and wait for the download of the new converted file, which we can immediately listen to, store in a folder on the computer or transfer to the smartphone.
Alternatively we can use the free service offered by online-audio-converter.com.
To start the conversion, press the button Open files, select one or more songs to convert, choose the MP3 format and the quality of the final file then press the button Converted to upload songs and convert them online; at the end the download of the converted songs will start.
How to convert a song from CD to MP3If our music is stored on an Audio CD, we can convert it to MP3 using a free program such as CDex.
Once the Audio CD has been inserted into the burner or DVD player (if we don't have one, we can get it using an external USB burner), open the program, make sure to select all the tracks present and press the icon on the side Convert to MP3 (the second from the top), so you can choose the destination folder and the quality of the conversion.
Alternatively we can always rely on fre: ac, which we have already talked about at the beginning of the guide: this program has a module that can read CDs and quickly convert them to MP3, with the same speed seen for audio files in another format.
ConclusionsWhile it may be anachronistic these days, it is always worth having quick tools at hand to convert music tracks in WAV, WMA or other audio formats to MP3, which is still the best format for listening to audio without the need for be connected to the Internet. And if we have several music audio CDs, we can quickly convert them to MP3 and recreate our music library in digital format, so as to be able to preserve the duration of the discs.
To learn more about converting songs to MP3 we can read our guides How to convert CDs, cassettes and vinyls to MP3 e Best apps to convert audio and video on Android.
If, on the other hand, we are looking for universal conversion methods for any file, we invite you to read our article on File converters for all formats and types, sites and programs.