Sometimes it’s necessary to convert a music file into another audio format for compatibility reasons. You may find for example that the new MP3/media player you just bought cannot play your favorite tracks that are encoded in a less popular format. WMA for instance is a popular format, but it's not playable on iPods. This short article lists the best software for converting between audio formats. All the software has good audio format support, is easy to use, and best of all - it's free!
Free MP3 WMA Converter has a user-friendly interface and has excellent audio format support. It can handle MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, AC3, M4A, APE, FLAC, and WAV. As a bonus, there’s also a CD ripper tool that is also installed on your system that you can use to rip music CDs to MP3, OGG, and WAV files. Overall, Free MP3 WMA Converter is a great ‘no frills’ tool that does a good job.
Available as a free download for Mac and PC, Switch Audio File Converter can convert to 21 different audio formats. It also has the ability to work with several different types of video file and can even extract the audio from these. The interface is clean and simple to use which makes converting your files quick and easy. If you’re working with audio and video files, then Switch Audio File Converter is worth a serious look.
Even though this program is essentially a CD ripper, it can also convert your music files to several formats. You can batch convert your music files by adding them to a job list and then selecting an encoder to convert to MP3, AAC, MP4/M4A, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, or the Bonk format. If you need to rip a CD, then BonkEnc can convert your music to one of the above formats and also adds ID3 tag information via CDDB. If you’re looking for a combined CD ripper and file format converter, then look no further!
If you just need a simple, easy-to-use audio file converter then Free MP3/WMA/OGG Converter could be what you’re looking for. Even though it may not support as many audio formats as other converters, it is fast and does a great job. It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, and WAV files and you can quickly change the export format by simply using the drop-down menu on the main screen. Highly recommended for basic audio format conversion.