Since Winamp version 5.32, it has been possible to convert digital music files from one audio format to another by using its built-in transcoding tool. Format Converter, as the tool is called, is quite a flexible utility that supports multiple formats and can convert single tracks or can batch-convert multiple files using playlists. Like or loath the ever increasing list of audio formats, it is sometimes necessary to convert a selection of music files to another format for the sake of compatibility; different MP3 players etc. This quick guide will show you how to use Winamp to transcode your audio files.
Method 1 - Converting single files or albums
If you haven't got many files to convert then the easiest method is to highlight individual tracks or albums. To do this :
- Make sure the Media Library tab is selected > Click on Audio (located in the Local Media folder on the left side of the screen).
- Right-click a file to convert and then select > Send To: > Format Converter from the pop-up menu. To select multiple tracks or albums, hold down the [CTRL] key while selecting.
- On the Format Converter screen, click on the Encoding Format option to choose a format. Click OK to start transcoding your selection.
Method 2 - Using a playlist to convert music files
A more flexible way to queue up tracks and albums is to generate a playlist. To create a new playlist and begin adding files to it:
- Right-click on Playlists (located in the left pane) > select New Playlist from the pop-up menu. Type in a name and click OK.
- Drag and drop albums and single tracks onto the playlist to populate it.
- Click on the playlist to see a list of files that you have added > click the Send-To button > Format Converter.
- On the Format Converter screen select the encoding format you want > click the OK button to start converting.
What You Need
- Winamp 5.32+ software.
- Digital audio files without DRM protection.