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How to Shrink a WAV File

by Wesley DeBoyUpdated September 22, 2017
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Items you will need

  • iTunes

  • Switch

  • dBpoweramp

WAV files are often quite large in size because they contain high-quality, uncompressed audio. Because WAV files are so big, shrinking them is a great way to save space on your computer. You can shrink WAV files by converting them into a smaller, compressed audio format, such as MP3. Although you will be reducing the audio quality of the WAV files during the process, you will save a considerable amount of space on your computer. A typical MP3 is one-tenth the size of a full-quality WAV file.

Using iTunes

Open iTunes.

Open iTunes preferences.

Open the “Import Settings” menu and select a compressed audio format, such as “MP3," as your audio converter.

Click “OK” to confirm this change and then click “OK” to exit the preferences menu.

Drag the WAV file that you would like to shrink into the iTunes library.

Click on this WAV file to highlight it and click “Advanced.”

Select “Create MP3 Version” from the “Advanced” menu. After doing so, the WAV file will be converted into a smaller, compressed MP3 file. You have now successfully shrunk a WAV file.

Using Switch

Open Switch.

Click “Add Files” and then select the WAV file you would like to shrink.

Choose a compressed audio format from the “Output Format” menu, such as “MP3.”

Select where you would like the smaller file to be saved by clicking the “Browse” button next to the “Output Folder.”

Click “Convert” and the WAV file will be converted into a smaller, compressed MP3 file. You have now successfully shrunk a WAV file.

Using dBpoweramp

Open dBpoweramp.

Click “Browse” and then select the WAV file you would like to shrink.

Choose a compressed audio format from the “Output Format” menu, such as “MP3.”

Select where you would like the compressed file to be saved by clicking the “Folder” button next to the “Output Location.”

Click “Convert” and the WAV file will be converted into a smaller, compressed MP3 file. You have now successfully shrunk a WAV file.

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