How To Convert MP3 To AAC
Many people want to know how to convert an MP3 to an AAC (or just about any other file format for that matter). MP3 (MPEG Audio Layer 3) was first defined as an international standard in 1993, and quickly became the successor to the famous Midi by the mid 1990s. It's high compression rate and small file size made the MP3 the king of digital music sharing. The AAC file type (Advanced Audio Coding), on the other hand, was designed to be the successor to the MP3 by the ISO and IEC in 1997. Rather than being a single extension, AAC comprises many (such as .mp4, .aac, and .m4a) file types. With that in mind, to convert an MP3 to an AAC seems rather natural. The MP3 to AAC conversion program market, on the other hand, is still growing rapidly. Here is a list of things you will need to convert an MP3 to an AAC:
- Find a suitable MP3 to AAC program. There are many, many converter programs out there on the market nowadays, and their prominence is still growing on the internet. A simple search will yield many results. Remember to always investigate the program via reviews online prior to download.
- Download and install the MP3 to AAC program of your choice. You may have to bypass some of your computer's security for this step (if it prompts you). As usual, if you haven't already, check to see that the conversion software you are downloading is reputable and reliable. A program without these reviews already should be taken with a grain of salt (if at all). Save the files in a known directory (such as "Program Files").
- Launch the program and load the queue. Hopefully by now you have already decided which of your MP3 files is going to be converted to AAC. Depending on the program software you downloaded, there might be a limit on how many you can convert. Freeware might be the best option for those without money to spend on this. Nonetheless, load the queue, select your output folder and turn your MP3 to an AAC in moments!
- Check the file to ensure proper translation. Whichever of your files that is converted from MP3 to AAC needs to be double-checked. Even the most reputable programs out there sometimes encode wrong, which can be due to a variety of factors ranging from poor programming to a bad input file. Regardless of what caused it, you must be aware of potential "bad eggs" in your conversion batch. MP3 to AAC conversion has been noted to have problems before, so make sure yours is okay prior to loading it on your iPod (or whatever use you have in mind for it).
Converting MP3 to AAC is usually for progression. AAC is a much more advanced file type, with a compressed bit rate similar to MP3 albeit with better performance. If you so desire to do such an upgrade, be sure you have a reputable program in mind prior to attempting conversion.