Using a Conversion Program
Easy as 1-2-3…4
Many conversion programs offer more than just one file transfer feature. That means you can do more than simply convert MP3 to WMA, or vice versa. Instead, if you do happen to have some of the rarer OGG Vorbis files, the same program can transfer them to WMA, MP3, or any of the other formats as well.
We thought we'd introduce you to one conversion program on the market. In many cases, these programs offer trial versions that last for thirty days. If you're impressed with the product you can purchase the full edition for a set price (generally not more than $30). The product we tried fit this mold, offering a number of different conversion types and giving us the chance to try their wares before buying.
Acoustica is one of the most reputable and simple conversion programs available. It doesn't offer every type of conversion under the sun – in fact it specializes in transfers to the simple WAV codec – but offers the basic audio formats that the average music fan comes to expect and demand from a program such as this.
Acoustica offers users the ability to convert to and from the following audio formats:
Apple fans will be disappointed that Advanced Audio Coding, or AAC, is not supported in the trial version. However, some of the programs in our opening introduction do support AAC and should keep frequent iTunes buyers happy.
Acoustica's download isn't any more or less complicated than the average download. A number of sites provide the program, which can be installed to any directory. Here's a step-by-step guide on installing Acoustica (or other conversion programs like it):
Step 1: Find it
We were able to find Acoustica at the website www.tech-recipes.com.
They provide a reliable link, strong rating, and concise outline of the program, which is the best you can hope for in searching online for software of this kind.
Step 2: Download it
Tech-recipes.com provides an easy link and the program installs to whichever directory you choose.
Step 3: Install it
Once you've picked the destination folder, you'll be asked about sending updates on future software. This is completely up to you, but we'd recommend clicking this button off. Don't you get enough junk mail?
The program will then install to your computer. Although slower computers will obviously take longer, there isn't anything here to bog down the average system and installation should complete quickly.
Now, make the choice on whether you want to add the program to your desktop.
Step 4: Use it
You will be requested to restart your computer once installation is complete, but in our tests the program worked regardless of whether this was done or not.
Acoustica requires absolutely no complicated program. It's simply active all of the time and will make itself available anytime you right click on a music file.
At this point, you'll recognize the Acoustica logo. Clicking down on this will allow you to convert to WAV, MP3, or WMA. These are, arguably, the top three formats out there.
Once you've clicked on the format you want, the program will quickly process the request and alter the codec.
From here, Acoustica will deposit the new product in a separate folder. That way you can maintain the original file and its audio format. Alas, it doubles the number of music files you own, but this can be remedied with a simple deletion.
So, how does it sound?
We tried converting a tune by industrial alternative band Nine Inch Nails from Windows Media Audio, or WMA, to MP3. As we outlined in the above four steps, the process was very easy. Since Acoustica is active at all times, our conversion simply involved right clicking on the song and selecting a change to MP3.
The sound quality, in fact, did not decrease. It lost nothing from its original 160 kb/s, and side-by-side the two files showed no noticeable differences. It's proof that there are quality conversion programs online to serve such purposes, and each can make complex audio format roadblocks a thing of the past.