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MP3 Converter Freeware

Key:  Encoding (convert to MP3) -- Decoding (convert MP3 to WAV) -- Ripping (convert CD audio to MP3 or WAV) -- 
Burning (convert MP3 or WAV to CD)


An extremely good program, one of the best at what it does
  Try it. This program is worth downloading and messing with.  A very good program.
Potential.  Some good things about the program but some key weaknesses that hold it back.
  Don't bother.  Program has many flaws that keep it from being used without a headache.

Featured Freeware:

CD-DA X-Tractor is a fantastic tool to rip and convert CD audio to MP3 with the high quality LAME encoder.





Audio CD Ripper  - Simple tool to record WAV files from CD (Win 95/98/ME/2000/XP)


Audio Crusher  - Ripper that will make MP3s with supported encoder. (Win 95/98)


BladeEnc - Command line encoder, compatible with various front ends (graphical interfaces) to make conversion easier.  Compatible with many other programs that use BladeEnc's .dll for encoding. A bit on the slow side but good quality. (Win 95/98/NT)



CD-DA X-Tractor - Open source, graphical ripper interface for AKRip (included).  Comes with LAME encoder.

Ripping, Encoding

CD2MP3 - Ripper and encoder that works with a variety of encoding engines. For OS/2 operating systems.

Ripping, Encoding

CDex - Ripper that will save to .mp3 or .wav.  Uses LAME encoding engine. (Win 95/98/NT/XP/2000) 

Ripping, Encoding, Decoding

CD 'N Go - Ripper that will encode with most encoders. Supports MP3, WAV, and Ogg Vorbis formats.  (Win 95/98/NT)


Dionysus MP3 Encoder - Simple Blade encoder based program with drag and drop support. No longer being offered. (Win 95/98/NT/2000)



dbPowerAmp - dBPowerAmp Music Converter is a successor to Shuffler Music Converter and features ripping, encoding, and decoding tools.  Supports MP3, WAV, open source format Ogg Vorbis, WMA, and more. Uses LAME encoding engine. (Win 95/98/NT4/ME/2000)

Ripping, Encoding, Decoding


Exact Audio Copy - Freeware ripper to WAV or MP3.  Detects errors in file during compression and includes WAV editor.  Send author a postcard in exchange for registration (Win 95/98/ and NT)


FreeRip MP3 - Ripper and encoder combo, only rips one track at a time and is a bit slow.  Will also encode to Ogg Vorbis format. (Win 95/98/NT/ME/2000)

Ripping, Encoding

LAME - (see download link --> for compiled executable file) Open source command line encoder favored for excellent quality and enhanced speed.  


Media Jukebox - Converts MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and APE.  Only comes with WMA and OGG encoder.  (Win 95/98/2000/NT)

Ripping,  Decoding, Burning

Media Converter - Ripper and CD writing software in basic and plus versions. (Win 98/NT4/ME/ 2000)

Ripping, Burning

Monkeys Audio - Compression software for .wav files, reducing size to approx.  60% without loss in quality. Also acts as a front end for other command line encoders. Saves files in .ape format. (Win 95/98/2000/NT)

WAV compressing

MP3Decode - Simple little tool for converting MP3 to WAV (Win 95/98/NT/2000)


MPEG Audio Decoder - Open source decoder with batch converting [view MP3 Decoder test]


MpegDJ GoWave - Standalone decoder with drag and drop support (Win 95/98/NT) [view MP3 Decoder test]


Music Match Jukebox 7 - All in one player and converter.  Full version requires payment.(Win 98/2000/ME/NT/XP)

Ripping, Encoding, Decoding, Burning

Real Jukebox Basic - Free version of Real Jukebox Plus with limited features (Win 95/98/2000/NT/ME) [view MP3 Decoder test]


WavPack 3.2 - "Lossless" .wav compressor that condenses .wav files by 25-50%.  No audio reduction loss as in .mp3 compression.  Command line interface and features a Winamp plugin.  Near-lossless compression option also.(DOS Win95/98/2000/NT)

WAV compressing


About MP3 Converter Freeware

Freeware is a term given to software that is completely free to use and requires no registration fees. These programs are often developed by people who just want to make a contribution or meet a need. It isnt easy to make software so please dont complain if each of these software options doesnt meet all your needs. After all, you didnt have to pay for it!

Some think you cant get quality software for free. In our experience, this isnt true at all. Although many freeware programs might not contain all the features or nice looks of a commercial program, that isnt true in every case. In fact, some freeware is so good it is even better than some commercial products!

We try to list the best free MP3 converters we could find on this page. Weve updated the site for 2011 and found several more programs that do an excellent job of converting audio files to a variety of formats. If you are looking for a software program for audio conversion that wont cost you money, this is the best place to start!

Take a look at our listings and start with the highest rated programs first. You should be able to find exactly what you are looking for without too much effort.

One recent development in the audio conversion world is the ability to convert many modern video files to audio formats. This is a nice way to convert news programs, sports, or even music to audio. Just make sure the video source isnt copyright protected!

Also, if you are looking for a CD ripper (a program that converts CD audio to digital formats like MP3), make sure you get one that adds track and artist names automatically. This can save you a ton of time in organizing your collection. Programs that dont have this feature will just save them with generic file names that you will have to rename yourself. Who wants that?

Another feature to possibly look for is AAC and M4A compatibility. This lets you change your iTunes files (which are usually in those formats) to MP3 and other formats. Converting your iTunes collection can help you bypass the restrictions Apple puts on you to only play your music on certain approved audio devices. This is a pain if your car stereo or portable MP3 player doesnt automatically support Apples audio formats.

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