How to Change an Audio File from MP3 to WAV in 3 Easy Steps

If you need a high-quality audio file for a video or radio broadcast, this wikiHow will show you how to transform an MP3 into a WAV.

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The purpose of this wikiHow is to show you how to alter an MP3 file into a WAV file. If you need a high-quality audio file for a video or radio broadcast, this is a great option. The free programs Audacity and iTunes can be used on any computer running Windows or Mac to change an MP3 into a WAV file. In the event you don't have access to Audacity or iTunes, you can use a free online converter as an alternative.

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    Launch Audacity To open Audacity, either tap or double-tap its icon (which looks like blue headphones superimposed on an orange sound wave). When launched, Audacity displays a white interface.

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    Click File Location: Top left corner of the Audacity window (Windows) or top left corner of your Mac's screen (Mac). At this point, a submenu should appear.

    • If you're using a Mac, you might need to select the Audacity menu option instead.

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    Click Open… You can find it under "More" on the main menu. Clicking the button brings up a music selection menu.

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    Find some music. To switch from MP3 to WAV, select the file you want to convert.

    • Depending on the program, you may need to either double-click a song's folder in the main window or select your music folder from the left side of the window.
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    Click Open The music file will begin to import into Audacity. Some time may pass while you do this.

    • A blue sound wave will appear in the middle of the Audacity window once the music file is loaded.
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    Click File again The options menu will once again appear as a pull-down.

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    Select Export The option can be found halfway down the list. The action triggers the appearance of a pull-down menu.

    • The option to export audio from your file menu as an alternative, select it and move on to the following section
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    Click Saving Music in WAV Format You'll find this option in the drop-down menu that appears.

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    Make a choice about where to store the file. To choose a destination for your WAV file, select it on the left side of the window.

    • To select a different location on a Mac, select it from the "Where" menu and then click it.
    • To those who chose to Export Audio in addition to selecting WAV (16-bit or 32-bit is fine) from the "Save as type" (Windows) or "File type" (Mac) drop-down box
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    Click Save Locate the button in the window's lower right corner.

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    Click OK after being prodded To a location of your choosing, the music file will be saved in the WAV format.

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    Accessed by starting iTunes To launch iTunes, either click or double-click the white icon depicting a musical note in a variety of colors. A window for iTunes will launch.

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    Keep iTunes updated. Although some older versions of iTunes may not support it, newer versions of iTunes can convert MP3 files to WAV files. Even though iTunes should check for updates automatically upon launch, you can double-check by going to the menu, selecting Help, and then selecting Check for Updates.

    • When prompted, select "Download iTunes" and continue with the update. It's possible that a restart of your machine is required before you can continue.
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    Toggle on WAV encoding ITunes doesn't support converting to WAV format automatically or manually. The following are some things you can do to fix this:

    • In the top left, select the ellipses (Windows) or the iTunes icon (Mac).
    • To modify settings, go to Edit > Preferences. if the General tab doesn't automatically open, select it from the drop-down menu.
    • Achieve the import configurations by clicking the import button.
    • To use WAV Encoder, select it from the "Import Using" menu.
    • Then, in the Preferences window, click OK, and finally, in the Import Settings window, click OK.
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    Click Songs You can find this menu in the upper left corner of iTunes, directly beneath the "Library" heading. Playlists containing music from your iTunes library will appear.

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    Pick audio files to alter Simply choose the song you want by clicking on it once. Holding down the fort is another option. Ctrl If you're using a PC, you can either Command (Mac) and choose songs one at a time by clicking their names.

    • Select a group of songs by clicking one of the songs near the top of the list and holding down the mouse button. Shift and choose the track that appears last in the list. Every name on the list will be chosen.
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    Click File It's at the top left of your Mac screen or the top left of the iTunes window on Windows. You'll see a pull-down menu appear.

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    Select Convert You'll find this selection at the very end of the menu's drop-down bar. There will be a drop-down menu showing up with various options for converting your files.

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    Click Generate a WAV File A pull-down menu will appear. This will duplicate your chosen tracks as WAV files.

    • Once the WAV copies have been made, the original songs can be removed from your collection.
    • Right-clicking the converted WAV file and selecting Show in Windows Explorer (Windows) or Show in Finder (Mac) will take you to the location of the file.

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    Click Pick a file That's the gray button up there on the top of the page. When you do that, the File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) application will launch.

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    Choose an MP3 file. Find the MP3 file you wish to convert and double-click it.

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    Click Open Location: lower right corner of the window As soon as you do that, your MP3 will be sent to OnlineConvert to be converted.

    • Mac users have the option of using the Choose button.
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    Here, you can scroll down and click Put files through a conversion This grey button is located at the very end of the page. If you have an MP3 file, OnlineConvert can transform it into a WAV one.

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    Click Download There will be a green button next to the name of your newly converted WAV file. When you do that, the converted file will automatically download to your computer.

    • You may be asked to confirm the download or choose a save location before the file can be downloaded, depending on your browser's preferences.
    • After the process of transformation is complete, your file may be available for download.

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