In easy speak, a regular audio CD comprises of a list of songs which are stored as WAV files. Since the advent of storage devices which seem to be getting smaller and smaller upon each release, the challenge to store a list of your favorite songs into one of those tiny gadgets poses a challenge to its inventor. In creating small devices, a compromise had to be made in terms of storage space. To overcome these challenges, they came up with different file formats which take up less space whilst still rendering the same songs. Thus was born the revolution of WAV to MP3 conversion for audio files.
Although everything sounded ideal, its early days experienced some issues with sound quality as well as information tagged to the songs. After much testing and research, most of them have been ironed out and we now enjoy its full benefits. When converting audio files from WAV to MP3 format, the file sizes are immediately reduced saving disk space. You then pack in a whole gamut of MP3 songs into your MP3 player to tote around instead of lugging around a bag of CDs with a portable CD player or laptop.
If the sound level of songs in your audio CD is not good, their levels can be balanced and improved during conversion. You also have the option to run the process by selecting one file at a time, or as a batch conversion to save time.
Further benefits of converting audio files are the ability to add value. More often than not, some audio CDs comprise a bunch of files with generic names and no further details. You now have the option to add more information such as title, artist, album, year, genre and whatever else relevant during the conversion process. These details are also known as ID3 tags. In the event your original files have existing ID3 tags, they are also maintained during conversion.
Various software converters are offered in the market of which some can be downloaded free of charge. As most users require the standard functions, these free software normally suffice.