If you have a WAV file that you want to convert to an MP3, it’s possible to do so quite easily and simply on a Ubuntu system. You just need two software packages: the Ubuntu Restricted Extras packages, and the GNOME Sound Converter application. The Sound Converter program offers a GUI for converting sound files from one format to another.
First, you’ll need to install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package, which we discussed in the previous section.
To install the Sound Converter program itself, go to a Terminal window and type this command:
sudo apt-get install soundconverter
After you enter your password to authenticate, apt-get will download and install SoundConverter and its necessary dependencies. After the installation is complete, you can launch Sound Convert by going to the Activities Overview, searching for “soundconverter”, and clicking on the Sound Converter icon.
Once the program has launched, go to the Edit menu, and to the Options item. From there you can set the kind of output you want the program to produce (OGG files, MP3 files, or AAC files), as well as the destination folder for the converted files. Once you’ve selected your preferences, hit the Close button, and then Add Files on the program’s main toolbar to choose the files you want to convert.
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