There are many music and video players, as well as software programs, which are better suited for one format than the other. However, when it comes to sound tracks, MP3 is the most common format available. Most of us have audio tracks in MP3 format as they save a lot of memory space.
MP3, short form for MPEG 1 Layer 3, is a compressed audio format. It basically relies on a lossy compression algorithm, which removes insignificant data from an audio stream, thereby reducing the file size significantly. To the human ear, this difference in audio quality is not noticeable. So, in other words, in MP3, there is a slight degradation of music quality.
WAV is the short form for Waveform Audio File Format. It is an uncompressed audio format, modulated using pulse code modulation technique. As it is not a compressed format, there is no loss of quality, but it occupies a lot of memory space. A WAV file for an audio track can be seven times larger than the MP3 format of the same track.
Converting an MP3 File into WAV
Any MP3 audio file can be easily converted to WAV using software converters available on the Internet. Just type 'mp3 to wav' in a search engine and you shall have many results, which include free as well as licensed versions of media converters. Popular software programs like All Converter and MP3-2-WAV converter, etc., are all-in-one converters which can virtually convert almost any format to any other. For using all these software programs, you need to follow some common steps as follows:
- There are a number of licensed converter software applications that are available online for users to avail. These can also be obtained from any software vendor. But make sure it is branded, and there is no risk of any virus infection.
- You can also go for a trial version which is free.
- After the download is complete, install the converter program by following the instructions that pop up.
- For some software, you may need to restart the computer after you are done with the installation.
- Again, in some applications, you need to make a folder on the desktop and enter the MP3 files which you wish to convert.
- As you run the software, it will show the files you added to the source folder. However, in most of these applications, there is a drag-and-drop area, where you need to put the files to be converted. You simply need to select those icons and drag them to this space where you can leave them.
- Again, there may be a choice for batch conversion of MP3 files to the WAV format, or one-by-one conversion.
- There would be additional settings in most of the latest converters. These may include adjustable frequency, bit rate, time cutter, etc.
- There may also be an option to alter the conversion rate.
- You can even set up a pop-up window for alerting yourself about the file conversion.
- If you have too many files to convert, you can line them up. There may be an option to exit the application, as soon as the conversion is over.
- When the conversion is over, all you need to do is save the converted WAV files at a different location and if you want, rename them.
Now as you play these WAV files, make sure you listen to the quality of the songs closely. The sound quality has to be same as the MP3 file.
Frankly, there are no advantages when you convert MP3 files to WAV. The quality always remains the same as before, and the WAV file occupies a lot of space compared to the original MP3 file. Hence, such a conversion is usually never sought after.
However, you may be required to do such conversion in some cases like editing. WAV cutters and editors are available abundantly and can give you very sharp and accurate editing. Even though MP3 cutters are also available these days, the final edited product is not as accurate as the WAV cutters.