How to Make MP3 Files


To create MP3 files, we recommend iTunes, instructions below.

For folks who don't like iTunes, here are some other software recommendations:

  Windows Only

Foobar 2000 (Free)
Can do some advanced encoding... plus you get a great player!

dbPowerAmp ($40)
A small, right-click type utility that makes encoding an mp3 a snap. Good for one-off conversions.

  Mac Only

xACT (free)
A powerful, yet lightweight audio conversion utility.

Switch ($30)
One of the most stable and comprehensive multi format audio file converters available and is very easy to use.



    Creating MP3s with iTunes     

First you'll need to download iTunes. It's free, and available for Mac and PC.

By default iTunes converts audio to AAC, so you will have to edit the preferences to get iTunes to convert the audio to MP3.

To create mp3s using iTunes:

- From the iTunes Main menu > Edit > Preferences
- Click the "General" tab, then look for the button labeled "Import Settings"

- Set "Import Using" to : MP3 Encoder

- Set "Setting" to: Good, High, or Higher are fine. If you use the custom setting, you may experience issues with playback speed.

- Click "OK"
- Now you can right-click on a files within iTunes and choose
        "Create MP3 Version"
- When the file is done, right-click on the newly created file and choose
        "Show Song File"





Files don't stream (they download fully before playing)


Files take too long to start playing

Try re-creating the MP3 file using differnt software. Some MP3 files may be encoded imporperly, resulting in the file not playing back until the entire file has loaded.


Songs play "too fast" or "too slow"

The issue with the audio sounding distorted (aka the "chipmunk" effect) is due to the way that the mp3 was originally encoded. Adobe Flash can handle most standard mp3 encodings with any bitrate. However, some mp3 encoders use "non-standard" encoding techniques that Adobe Flash can not handle... Namely the MP3-PRO encoding scheme.

When a file is encoded with the MP3-PRO setting the file seems to play too fast and makes the audio sound as if it were made by chipmunks. The solutions is to re-encode your mp3's with a standard MP3 codecs. Wimpy will support CBR and VBR encoding -- at any bitrate.

I recommend using dbPowerAmp to encode MP3 files. It's a small, "right-mouse-click" type utility that makes encoding an MP3 a snap. Using the standard settings in dbPowerAmp works great with Wimpy.