How to Compress Music Files

By Nina Nixon

Since you can compact as much as 20 megabytes (MB) into 1 MB of space in some cases, compressing music files can be a major computer space saver. If you plan on expanding your lyrical library, you benefit from compacting these file types. Consider implementing compression on a regular basis. Then, when you are ready to download a new track, you won't have to ask yourself if there is enough disk space--because you'll already know.

Step 1

Right-click on the music file. (Compatible audio formats include .asx, .wm, .wma, .wmx, .wav, .mp3, .m3u, and aac.)

Step 2

Select "Properties," go to the General tab, and then click "Advanced."

Step 3

Check "Compress contents to save disk space" and then click "OK."

Step 4

Click "Apply" and then click "OK."