6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 6, 2014 5:27 AM by ed2345
wmdowns Level 1 Level 1

I have tried repeatedly to convert a wav file to mp3 using iTunes and it just won't work the way this article says.  What am I doing wrong?


My machine is Snow Leopard but the wife has Lion and neither will let me drag the file into the library to convert it!  I can play the file with Quicktime.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • John Lockwood Level 6 Level 6

    If you want to use iTunes to convert it you must first add the WAV file to the iTunes library, it will then show (correctly) as being a WAV file. You then check the iTunes import preference is set to MP3, then you select the WAV track in iTunes and in the Advanced menu tell it to convert it to MP3.

  • wmdowns Level 1 Level 1

    I tried both dragging it in and going to FILE and "add to library" and on this machine or the wife's it just won't import it to the library.

    I have watched about 10 videos on how to do this, I follow the instructions to the letter and it won't work on this machine (Snow Leopard) of the wife's Lion machines.

    Is there some trick to this?

  • John Lockwood Level 6 Level 6

    A WAV file has no embedded meta-data, so when you add it to iTunes it will not immediately showup under an artist name, or have track and album information. So it maybe there but you may need to look for something that appears blank and manually add the data. (iTunes will store the data in its catalog for a WAV file.)


    Once you have converted to MP3 then the MP3 can contain this information.

  • kmiles_hi Level 1 Level 1

    Here you go:


    1) iTunes -> Preferences

    2) Click "Import Settings" under "General"

    3) Change "Import Using" to MP3

    4) Click OK and exit Preferences

    1) Select the song in iTunes

    2) File -> Create New Version -> Create MP3 Version

  • notatechnoshrewd Level 1 Level 1

    Hey guys and gals!!

    New here. Soooo.. I did the whole iTunes changing preferences and create new file to mp3 and it just flashes and stays a wav file.... what now??

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7

    it just flashes and stays a wav file.... what now??

    iTunes format conversion creates a new file in the requested format, and leaves the original in place. Make sure you are looking at the new one.