If you need to convert a small number of audio files and aren’t in a hurry to do so, you may not need to pay for audio converter software. There are a plethora of free audio converters available online, and we tried five of them before finding Freemake Audio Converter. We were apprehensive about suggesting any of the available freeware because of the ever-present malware and adware normally associated with free software. Freemake’s audio converter installed on our test computer and ran smoothly without any sign of corruption or unwanted additional software.
The Freemake converter has the easiest user interface to navigate of the software we tested – you don’t need to watch any tutorials to get started converting audio files. You simply select the audio files you want to convert, choose which format you want to convert them to and hit the convert button. The only choices you have to make along the way are where to save the converted files and if you want to consolidate all the files into one converted audio file.
Unlike for-pay programs like Audials Tunebite Platinum, you are limited to seven output file formats. When you choose the output format, you can also select from a number of quality presets. The lower the quality, the smaller the file size. However, keep in mind that once you convert an audio file to a lower-quality format, you can’t reverse the process and covert it to a high-quality lossless format – the conversion process removes the audio information that makes it high quality.
Freemake makes a video converter, but you have to install an additional piece of software to use it. There also aren’t any editing tools or audio effects available in this free converter software.
Freemake took almost four minutes to convert a 625MB WAV file to a 26MB MP3 file. That is almost four times slower than the slowest paid software in our guide.
Freemake Audio Converter is a good option for someone with basic conversion needs. You can expect files to convert slowly, but the software is easy to use. This is the only downloadable free converter software we found that didn’t bundle malware, adware or additional unwanted software.