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From your personal desktop to your business files, we've got you covered

We offer a range of tools, to help you convert your files in the most convenient way for you. As well as our online file conversion service, we also offer a desktop app for file conversions straight from your desktop, and an API for automated file conversions for developers. Which tool you use is up to you!

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Why choose Zamzar?

With Zamzar, file conversions are easy, reliable and convenient, so you can quickly convert your documents, images, videos, and more, to the formats you need. With faster downloads of converted files, and friendly and helpful support when you need it, you’ll have everything you need to work with your files.

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Zamzar converts files on all platforms. We support Windows, Mac, Linux and everything in between. All you need is a web browser.

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Zamzar converts files on all platforms. We support Windows, Mac, Linux and everything in between. All you need is a web browser.

Zamzar is a cloud-based conversion tool, which means you can convert your file from anywhere, providing you have a working internet connection!

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Zamzar is a cloud-based conversion tool, which means you can convert your file from anywhere, providing you have a working internet connection!

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Tools to suit your file conversion and file compression needs

You’ll find all the conversion and compression tools you need, all in one place, at Zamzar. With over 1100 file-conversion types supported, whether you need to convert videos, audio, documents or images, you’ll easily find what you need and soon have your files in the formats and sizing that work for you.

WAV Audio Format

WAV Converter

A WAV file also goes by the name of a WAVE or Waveform audio file. The WAV file is one of the oldest types of audio file in existence today and was developed by Microsoft and IBM. Despite being developed in 1991, it is still a popular file format today.

Part of the appeal of WAV files is that they’re exceptionally high quality because they are uncompressed and lossless. WAV uses PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) to encode the audio data by segmenting it into small pieces, and does so without any compression; this means the process doesn’t impact the audio quality in any way.

WAV files are used by musicians to record music, with this format providing a much richer sound than other compressed file formats. Unsurprisingly, WAV files tend to be large in size because they’ve not been compressed in any way - they are typically over ten times the size of an MP3 file.

WAV files can be opened by almost all audio programs, mainly because they’ve been around for over thirty years and because they’re so widely respected.

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MP3 Audio Format

MP3 Converter

MP3 goes by the full name of MPEG Audio Layer-3 and is perhaps the most widely used audio file around today. MP3 is a file format developed by the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) which uses compression to produce smaller file sizes. The type of compression used means some data is lost, but typically audio playback quality is not obviously impacted, especially when recording files at higher bitrates. Other popular audio formats, such as WAV, can be up to 10 times the size of an equivalent MP3 file. Almost all applications are able to open MP3 files including Windows Media Player and iTunes on macOS. The MP3 file format famously exploded in popularity during the '90s and '00s as music moved online and become digitised.

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How to convert a WAV to a MP3 file?

  1. 1. Choose the WAV file that you want to convert.
  2. 2. Select MP3 as the the format you want to convert your WAV file to.
  3. 3. Click "Convert" to convert your WAV file.

Convert from WAV

Using Zamzar, it is possible to convert WAV files to a variety of other formats:

WAV to AAC WAV to AC3 WAV to FLAC WAV to M4A WAV to M4R WAV to MP3 WAV to MP4 WAV to OGG WAV to WMA

Convert to WAV

Using Zamzar, it is possible to convert a variety of other formats to WAV files:

264 to WAV 3G2 to WAV 3GA to WAV 3GP to WAV 3GPP to WAV AAC to WAV AC3 to WAV AIFC to WAV AIFF to WAV AMR to WAV APE to WAV ASF to WAV AVI to WAV CAF to WAV F4V to WAV FLAC to WAV FLV to WAV GVI to WAV M2TS to WAV M4A to WAV M4B to WAV M4R to WAV M4V to WAV MIDI to WAV MKV to WAV MOD to WAV MOV to WAV MP3 to WAV MP4 to WAV MPG to WAV MTS to WAV OGA to WAV OGG to WAV RA to WAV RAM to WAV RM to WAV RMVB to WAV TS to WAV VOB to WAV WEBM to WAV WMA to WAV WMV to WAV

Frequently asked questions

If you’ve got any questions about converting or compressing files with Zamzar, we’re happy to help! We’ve answered a few commonly-asked questions below, to get you started, and you can find out more information about file conversion and compression with Zamzar, in our Help centre.

The easiest way is to use an online conversion tool, such as Zamzar. Simply upload the WAV file, select MP3 as the format you want to convert to, and click 'Convert Now'. The file will then be converted in real time, without the need to download any software.

Zamzar allows you to convert two files concurrently for free, but with a paid account allows you to convert up to 100 files in one batch.

WAV files have not been compressed and tend to be high in quality, but are also large in terms of the amount of storage space that they take up. MP3 files are lower in quality, albeit still perfectly good for listening to music and other forms of audio. Importantly, they’re about a tenth of the size of a WAV file, and so are a lot more portable; this means they tend to be more widely used.

A WAV file can be prohibitively large in size – ten times larger than an MP3 file. This makes sharing and storing WAV files particularly challenging. If a WAV file has been converted to a compressed file format and then later converted back to a WAV file, then the original audio quality of that WAV file would have been lost.

Yes, is the simple answer. Simply right-click on the WAV file and select 'Open with Windows Media Player'. Once launched, click the 'Organise' button in the menu at the top. Next, click the menu item that says 'Options', followed by 'Rip Music'. Select the desired file location to save the file to, and select 'MP3' in the 'Format' section, under 'Rip settings'. Finally, click 'Apply', followed by 'Ok', and that’s how you can convert a WAV file to an MP3.