Audio files are available in a wide variety of different formats (MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, etc.), each designed for a specific application or device. If you have come across a situation where you need to convert an audio file to another format, you can use conversion tools to do the job.
We’ve rounded up the best audio converter programs for Windows. All of these apps are free and easy to use, so pick one that suits your needs and you’ll be converting your audio in no time.
MediaHuman’s Audio Converter program is one of the easiest tools to use due to its simple interface. It also works effortlessly, with support for many different quality audio formats. Above all, you can convert between lossless formats without degradation.
It allows you to add individual files, entire folders and iTunes playlists, and you can start the conversion with one click (or you can apply a setting to have the conversion start automatically). For better control, go to the preferences. Here you can choose output folder structure, delete source files or not, search cover artwork online, etc.
Although fre:ac might not have the sleekest interface, it is an audio converter program that is continuously updated with new features and improvements. It supports MP3, M4A/AAC, FLAC, WMA and many more. Moreover, the conversion is fast thanks to the use of excellent open-source encoders.
With fre:ac, you can select the desired audio codec and then customize settings such as bitrate per channel, maximum bandwidth, and file extension. It also allows you to customize a song’s metadata before conversion.
AVS Audio Converter allows you to convert your audio files to MP3, WAV, M4A, FLAC, etc. You can add files locally from your computer or CD, and even convert video to audio. Depending on the file format, customization options include channel, bit rate, and sample rate.
A handful of features are locked behind a $59 paywall, like multi-threaded conversion and merging multiple files into one, but if you just need a program to convert audio from one format to another, then AVS works wonders.
WinFF is not exclusively an audio conversion tool; it is also an excellent free video converter. But you can easily use it to convert your audio files to formats like MP3, OGG, WAV and WMA. It does not have a multitude of features, but it works perfectly.
Just click Add and select as many audio files as you want. Then use the Convert to drop-down list to select audiothen use the Preset drop-down list to select your file format. If you want to change the specifics of the preset, click Choice and go to audio tongue. When ready, click Convert.
WinFF uses the Windows command line to display the process of your conversion, which is why it’s not as sophisticated as some of the other tools we’ve mentioned. However, a nice feature is that you can click Insight before conversion to hear a sample of the output; ideal if you are converting audio in bulk and want to test out a preset.
If you’re looking for a no-frills audio converter for Windows, check out Freemake’s tool. It converts your audio files to MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, M4A and OGG. You simply select the files on your computer, choose the format and away you go. The only additional feature is that you can join multiple files together.
Unfortunately, Freemake Audio Converter does not allow you to convert audio files longer than three minutes. If you want to do that, you have to pay for the Infinite package which costs $39.95, but don’t bother if you encounter the limitation, use another program from the list instead.
Although Movavi may refer to this application as an audio converter, you will notice that it is actually called Movavi Video Converter once you install it. Don’t worry, although you can actually use this program to convert videos, it’s also a great audio converter for Windows.
Click on Add Media > Add Audio and select your files. Then, from the bottom of the program, go to audio tongue. Here you can choose from formats like FLAC, AAC, OGG, AIFF, etc. If you wish, you can change the file size and bitrate type, as well as export a sample to test your settings.
VLC Media Player is one of the best free media players for Windows. It basically plays any video file you throw at it. It is incredibly powerful and feature-rich, which is precisely why it appears on an audio converter list. That’s right, you can use VLC to convert audio.
From the top navigation bar, navigate to Media > Convert/Save. Click on Add to select the audio files, then click Convert/Save. Use the Profile drop-down menu to select an audio format, then click To start up to start converting.
Audacity is a free, open-source music recording and editing tool. We include it in this list because you may already have Audacity installed on your system and can use it to quickly convert some audio files.
In Audacity, open the file you want to convert. Then go to File > Export and select to export as an MP3, WAV or OGG file. For more control over the format, click Export sound. In this window, you can select file type and format options (such as bitrate mode and quality).
You can also convert audio online
Assuming you don’t need anything too spectacular from an audio converter tool, you don’t need to pay. All the programs we have mentioned here are free and will allow you to convert your audio files to a multitude of formats on Windows.
Don’t want to download a program? This is not a problem. There are also free online audio converters, where you upload your audio file and convert it through the website. Then all you have to do is download the converted files. Perfect if you’re on a shared system where you don’t have installation permission, for example.
5 Free Online Audio Converters to Convert Any File Easily