3 ways to convert a podcast to MP3

3 ways to convert a podcast to MP3
3 ways to convert a podcast to MP3
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Like any other audio file, podcasts can be converted to other formats such as mp3. You could do this with several software like dbPowerAmp, iTunes or on an online conversion platform. You should open the podcast with the player of your choice, select the encoding to mp3 option, and set the quality settings. It should be noted, however, that your podcast may use a codec that retains the quality of the file (wav, alac, flac) only if you reduce the quality of the final product by transcoding to a lossy format (mp3, m4a, aac) to another of its kind.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Use iTunes

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Step 1. Open iTunes

If you don't have this program, you can download it from

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Step 2. Add the podcast to your library

Click on File from the menu bar and select Add a file to the library. This action will open a window that will allow you to browse and select files on your computer.

Press Ctrl + B in Windows to bring up the menu bar

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Step 3. Click on the iTunes menu and select Preferences

This action will open a small window in which you will find the various iTunes options.

  • In Windows, the option Preferences can be found in the menu Editing.
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Step 4. Click Import Settings

This option is next to When inserting a CD under the tab General.

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Step 5. Select MP3 Encoder from the Import Using drop-down menu

You will find this at the top of the window Import settings and it is configured by default on AAC encoder.

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Step 6. Choose the quality settings

You will find this menu at the bottom of the option Import with. At this point, you can choose the bit rate of your encoded MP3 file.

  • A high bit rate indicates a very good (but larger) file quality.
  • If you encode a lossy file (eg ogg, m4a and mp4), its quality will decrease even if you select a higher bit rate. Instead, try encoding with formats that retain quality (wav, alac, flac).
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Step 7. Click OK

This button is on the lower right and when you click on it, the changes will be saved.

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Step 8. Go to your library

Click on the drop-down menu at the top left under the menu bar and select Podcast Where Music.

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Step 9. Select the file to convert

To do this, hold down ⌘ Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) while clicking multiple files at once.

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Step 10. Click on the File menu and select Convert

This action will open a submenu containing conversion options.

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Step 11. Select Create MP3 Version

A progress bar will appear at the bottom of the window indicating the conversion level. Upon completion, a copy of the selected file will appear in your library in the new format.

Method 2 of 3: Use dbPowerAmp

Convert Podcasts to MP3 Step 12

Step 1. Open dbPowerAmp Music Converter

This is popular, free, ad-free software that is compatible with macOS and Windows. It can convert audio files and rip CDs.

If you do not have the program, you can download or purchase it from https://www.dbpoweramp.com. A 21-day trial version is also available if you want to try the software

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Step 2. Select the podcast

dbPowerAmp Music Converter will automatically open a window that will allow you to choose the file you want to convert. As soon as the file is selected, a menu with various encoding options will appear.

You can make multiple selections by holding down ⌘ Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) while clicking files

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Step 3. Choose mp3 (Lame) from the Encoding drop-down menu

You will find this option at the top of the window.

LAME is the name of the encoder that will be used

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Step 4. Select an encoding quality

Move the slider to the right to increase the quality and to the left to decrease it. Low-quality files will sound bad, but will be encoded quickly and take up less space.

You can also choose between bit rate settings like VBR (Variable Sample Rate) and CBR (Constant Sample Rate). The first mode is more efficient and takes up less space while the second maintains very high quality throughout the track

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Step 5. Choose a save location

Click the folder icon and select a location on your computer where you will save the converted file.

This action will create a copy of your podcast and you will find the new file format in the location you chose. The source file will always be in its original location on the computer

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Step 6. Click Convert

A progress bar will be displayed indicating the conversion level. At the end of the process, you will see a button appear Finish (ended). When you click on it, the conversion window will close.

Method 3 of 3: Use an online conversion platform

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Step 1. Go to https://online-audio-converter.com/en/ with your browser

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Step 2. Click Open Files

This action will open a window that allows you to select the podcasts that are on your computer. When the file is successfully imported, you will see its name appear next to the button.

You also have the option to upload a file that you have saved to Dropbox or Google Drive by right clicking on the corresponding icon

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Step 3. Click mp3 from the list of file formats

You can also select other popular formats such as flac, wav or m4a.

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Step 4. Move the slider to choose the quality of your file

  • You can choose the flow rate (constant or variable), the channel or add fading effects (fade in or fade out) by clicking on the button advanced settings which is to the right of the quality slider.
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Step 5. Click Convert

When you click on this button, a progress bar indicating the progress of the conversion will appear. When completed, a download link will appear.

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Step 6. Click Download

A window will appear prompting you to choose the location to save the converted podcast.

  • You also have the option of directly saving the file to Dropbox or Google Drive by clicking on the corresponding icon at the bottom of the button To download.
  • While downloading the file, you will see the site name followed by the file name. You can safely erase it while saving or rename the podcast later.

Advice

  • A high bit rate implies better audio quality. Note that you cannot encode with a higher bitrate than that of the source file. This means that if you change the encoding format of a file from 128 kbps mp4 to 320 kbps mp3, the quality cannot exceed 128 kbps, even if it is indicated so. In reality, the quality will be lower, because the encoding used two lossy formats.
  • If your computer has a multi-core processor, dbPowerAmp will use it to encode multiple files at once.

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