How to Use the Winamp Format Converter

Winamp is a media player that is typically used to listen to audio or watch video. In addition to its media-playing features, Winamp also has a Format Converter. This tool can convert various kinds of audio into other formats. If you already use Winamp, this conversion tool saves time that you would normally spend looking for and downloading separate audio file converters.

To get started, you will want to have your audio files loaded into Winamp. If you haven't done this already, click "File" and "Add Media to Library" to find and upload your audio files to Winamp.

Having loaded all files, you then click on "Audio" in the Local Audio section on the left side. This opens up your files on the right. Right-click on the file that you want to convert. You will see a menu. Select the "Format Converter" option to open up the conversion tool.

In the Format Converter Configuration dialog box, enter the place to save the file and the title format in the Output File Naming Scheme section. In the Encoding Format section, you will find a drop-down menu. This menu is comprised of all the formats you can convert your file to with this conversion tool. Drill down through the list to see all available formats and make your selection.

The MP3 Encoder Options are for advanced users. You can leave these at their default settings. Click "OK" to start the conversion. Winamp saves the converted file to the location on the computer that you chose in the Output File Naming Scheme section at the top of the Format Converter window.


Notes:

1. The Winamp free version does not convert files to MP3. You must get the Pro version for this kind of format conversion. The price is about $20 at the time of publication.

2. Although Winamp can play video files, it currently can convert various audio formats only.


Sources:

About.com: How to Use Winamp to Convert Audio Formats

Winamp: How to Convert to MP3

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