Convert MP3 to WAV

You have an MP3 file, but now you want to convert it to WAV to use in various sound programs. This article will show you how to convert a file from MP3 to WAV format.


Free Online File Conversion

  1. Search for an online converter. Type in "online MP3 to .wav converter" on any reputable search engine. Look for free sites above all.
  2. Navigate to the section on the site where the conversion is offered. Sometimes, you have to navigate the site to find where the service is offered.
  3. Import the MP3 file you want converted.
  4. Select .wav as output format. Some sites will ask you to specify the format you want to convert to.
  5. Enter an email address that the converted file will sent to, if necessary. Sometimes, the file will be available for download on the site itself. Other times, you will need to enter an email address in order to retrieve it.
    • If you are worried about getting spammed, use a sock-puppet email or create one for yourself. You can use this account to retrieve any files you need.
  6. Click on the Convert button. Download the converted file or have it sent to your email inbox.


  1. Open iTunes. Depending on your version of iTunes, you may have to convert the file(s) a bit differently, but it's not drastic.
  2. Navigate to iTunes → Preferences → Import Settings.
    • If using iTunes 7 or earlier, you'll need to go to the "Advanced" tab before being able to access "Import Settings."
    • If using iTunes 8 or later, going to "Preferences" will automatically direct you to the page where you can find "Advanced."
  3. Set "Import Using" to "WAV Encoder."
  4. Choose a setting preference. Next to "Setting," choose either "Automatic" or "Custom...".
    • If you want a custom setting, click on "Custom..." and select choices for Sample Rate, Sample Size, and Channels. Under most circumstances, you want your channel set to "Stereo."
  5. Click "OK" to close the Import Settings window.
  6. Click "OK" to close the General Preferences window.
  7. Select one or more .mp3 files already in your iTunes.
  8. Create a .wav version of the file. Depending on your version of iTunes, do this either by:
    • With the file(s) selected, navigate to the "Advanced" tab and choose "Create WAV Version."
    • Simply right-click the file and click "Create WAV Version."

Windows Media Player

  1. Make sure Windows Media Player (WMP) is equipped with a codec pack. A codec pack will enable WMP to encode and decode audio files for playback, essentially allowing it to create any number of audio files. Search online for a "WMP codec pack," download a reputable looking one, and follow instructions. Once downloaded, the pack should integrate with WMP automatically.
  2. Make sure WMP is equipped with AAC directshow filter. AAC directshow filter is a decryption program that allows WMP to seamlessly play songs in the AAC format, which include many songs on iTunes. Search online for a "AAC directshow filter," download a reputable looking one, and follow instructions. Once downloaded, the filter should integrate with WMP automatically.
  3. Begin by using WMP's rip feature. You're going to essentially copy audio files from a CD onto your computer's hard drive, allowing WMP to convert the MP3 files to WAV when you do this.
  4. Double-click on the "Options" dialog box. Do this by accessing the Now PlayingMore options.
  5. Click on the "Rip Music" tab.
  6. Click on the "Format Windows Media Audio" menu-box and select the .wav format. Click "Apply" and then "OK" in order to exit the "Options" dialog box.
  7. Inset a blank CD into the computer.
  8. Begin ripping the song(s). Navigate to the "Rip" tab on the WMP menu-bar and click "Rip" to start the copying process. Your file(s) will now be add to the WMP library automatically haven been converted.


  1. Open Audacity software. You can download it from here .
  2. Go to File → Open.
  3. Select the MP3 file you want to convert and click on Open.
  4. Wait until the end of importing process. This time depends on your file size and computer speed.
  5. Go to File → Export as .wav.
  6. Navigate to the folder where you want to save your converted .wav file in the "Save .wav file as" dialogue box.
    • Change the file name if you want in the "File name" text box.
  7. Click on Save to export your MP3 file as WAV. Wait until the end of the conversion process. Now you can find your file at the place you have chosen in last step.

Convert MP3 to WAV in Ubuntu

  1. Understand that this method can only be used on certain operating systems. It's available on Ubuntu and for OSX, although it may not be available for Windows. If you're using Windows, try one of the methods described above or download a similar file converter.
  2. Download and install the software. If using Ubuntu, you'll need to:
    • Navigate to Main menuApplicationsUbuntu Software Center.
    • Type in "soundc" in the search function and press "Enter".
    • Type in your password in order to authenticate.
  3. Once sound converter is opened, drag and drop the MP3 files into the SoundCenter window.
  4. Click on Edit → Preferences.
  5. Select .wav as the format you want to convert to and click on "Convert."


  • While using online converters, read website's Terms and Conditions, and also about the time or size limit of file you are going to upload.


  • Use online converters at your own risk.

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