How To Use Winamp to Convert Audio Formats

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Since Winamp version 5.32, it has been possible to convert digital music files from one audio format to another by using its built-in transcoding tool. Format Converter, as the tool is called, is quite a flexible utility that supports multiple formats and can convert single tracks or can batch-convert multiple files using playlists. Like or loathe the ever-increasing list of audio formats, it is sometimes necessary to convert a selection of music files to another format for the sake of compatibility; different MP3 players etc. This quick guide will show you how to use Winamp to transcode your audio files.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Setup – 5 minutes/transcoding time – depends on the number and size of the files and audio encoding settings, as well as the speed of your processor.

Here's How

Method 1 - Converting single files or albums

  1. If you haven't got many files to convert then the easiest method is to highlight individual tracks or albums. To do this: Make sure the Media Library tab is selected, Click on Audio (located in the Local Media folder on the left side of the screen).
    1. Right-click a file to convert and then select Send To: > Format Converter from the pop-up menu. To select multiple tracks or albums, hold down the CTRL key while selecting.
    2. On the Format Converter screen, click on the Encoding Format option to choose a format. Click OK to start transcoding your selection.

Method 2 - Using a playlist to convert music files

  1. A more flexible way to queue up tracks and albums is to generate a playlist. To create a new playlist and begin adding files to it: Right-click on Playlists (located in the left pane), select New Playlist from the pop-up menu. Type in a name and click OK.
    1. Drag and drop albums and single tracks onto the playlist to populate it.
    2. Click on the playlist to see a list of files that you have added, click the Send-To button > Format Converter.
    3. On the Format Converter screen select the encoding format you want, click the OK button to start converting.

What You Need:

  • Winamp 5.32+ software.
  • Digital audio files without DRM protection.