How to Convert WAV to MP3 in Winamp

by Art Corvelay

Winamp is a digital music player that plays a variety of music file formats. One common music file format that Winamp can play is the WAV format. This format is lossless and uncompressed, typically resulting in a large file size. MP3 files, on the other hand, are compressed audio files, much smaller than WAV files. Using Winamp, you can convert your original WAV files into MP3 files.

1

Download and install Winamp Standard, a free application, if you don't already have it. See “Resources” for a link to download the program.

2

Open Winamp and load the WAV file you want to convert. To do this, click “File," then "Open,” then navigate to and choose the WAV file.

3

Change the encoding settings in Winamp by clicking "File," then "Preferences." In the Preferences dialog choose "Plug-ins/ Output." In the output encoding settings choose "Nullsoft Disk Writer." Finally, click "Configure" and choose "Mp3" as the output format.

4

Press the "Play" button on Winamp. When the file plays, it will automatically be encoded into an MP3 file.

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Art Corvelay is a freelance writer for demand studios who has been writing and editing for five years. He holds a Ph.D. in technical communication and teaches courses in writing and editing at the university level.

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