Create MP3s from AMR Files Using Free Software

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If you have a selection of AMR files on your MP3 player, PMP, cellphone/smartphone, etc., then you will probably have to convert them at some point to a more popular format. Ringtones, for instance, can come in the AMR format, but your new portable might not support this like your old one did. In this case, you will have to use an AMR to MP3 converter to be able to use your collection of AMR ringtones. If you have recorded a series of voice recordings using your portable's built-in microphone, then it may store these as AMR files -- the reason for this choice is that the AMR format is especially good at compressing and storing voice. While AMR files can be significantly smaller than MP3s, the format is a lot less supported in both hardware and software. You may want to transcode your AMR voice recordings in order to be able to work with them on a wider range of hardware and software solutions.

Here's How to Do It

We'll use the AMR Player (Windows) to convert AMR files to MP3s. For Mac OS X users, try the free cross-platform Audacity program which can be found in our Top Audio Editors article.

  1. Install and run AMR Player.
    1. Installation notes: If you want the setup program to automatically place a shortcut icon on your desktop for AMR Player, then click the checkbox next to the Create a Desktop Icon option (on the Select Additional Tasks screen).
  2. To convert one of your AMR files, click the Add File button (blue plus sign) in AMR Player's toolbar menu. Navigate to where your AMR file is stored, highlight it using your mouse and then click the Open button to add it to the list. If you want to add more AMR files to the list, click the Add File button once more and repeat the process.
  3. If you want to listen to an AMR file before converting it, highlight your chosen file by left-clicking it and then click the Play button in the toolbar. To stop the file playing, click the Pause button.
  4. To create an MP3 file from one of your original AMR files, left-click one to choose it and then click the AMR to MP3 button in the toolbar. Type in a name for your new MP3 in the File Name text box and click Save. You may have to wait a while (if your AMR file is large) for AMR Player to decode it and encode the audio data to MP3.
  5. To convert more AMR files to MP3s, simply repeat the above step.
  6. If you prefer to transcode to uncompressed WAV files rather than lossy MP3s, repeat step 4, but this time click the AMR to WAV button in the toolbar instead.