How to Change a Song to an MP3 Format

By Lisa Porter

The MP3 audio file format uses MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) Layer 3 compression. MP3 remains one of the most common audio file formats. Many different software programs can play MP3 files, including Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Media Player, VideoLAN VLC Media Player, Roxio Toast 10 Titanium, Roxio Creator 2010 and Nullsoft Winamp Media Player. You can convert songs from other audio formats to MP3 format in iTunes, by using file conversion software or with an online file converter.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • File conversion software
  • Online file converter

In iTunes

Step 1

Open iTunes and go to the "iTunes" menu at the top of the screen. Select "Preferences."

Step 2

Click "Import Settings" in the "General" tab.

Step 3

Select "MP3 Encoder" in the "Import Using" menu and click "OK."

Step 4

Find the desired song in your music library and highlight it.

Step 5

Go to the "Advanced" menu at the top of your screen and select "Create MP3 Version." The new version of the song will appear in your library.

Media-Convert

Step 1

Go to the Media-Convert website (see the link in Resources below) to use the free online file converter.

Step 2

Click "Choose File" and find the song you want to convert to MP3 format. Click "Open."

Step 3

Select the appropriate file format in the "Input Format" menu. Media-convert supports more than 30 input audio file formats.

Step 4

Select "MPEG -- ½ Audio Layer 3 (.mp3)" in the "Output Format" menu.

Step 5

Agree to the site's terms and conditions and click "OK."

OJOsoft Audio Converter

Step 1

Go to Ojosoft.com (see the link in the Resource section below) to download a free trial of the OJOsoft Audio Converter. Install the software and open the program.

Step 2

Click "Browse" and find the desired song. Click "Open."

Step 3

Select "To MP3" from the output format options at the top of the window.

Step 4

Click the "Advanced" button to edit any advanced settings, if you wish.

Step 5

Click "Convert" to begin converting the file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure software is compatible with your computer before you download it.