Batch converting audio files to MP3

If you’re converting a single file, is a great online tool. However, for batch conversion, you’ll want to look at one or more of the following tools:


dbPowerAmp is a great conversion utility


While dbPowerAmp says Linux is supported through Wine, I’ve found that soundconverter works wonderfully. To install it:

sudo apt-get install soundconverter

Next, just run it. You can select your input files and directories in the GUI. By default, soundconverter produces .ogg output. If you want mp3, simply select it in Edit > Preferences


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  1. #1 by NMI on September 4, 2011 - 12:28 am

    Yup, I am using dBpoweramp Music Converter right now as I spea… err type. Seems to work find and it will find the needed plugins for various off the wall file formats. I am doing a batch conversion of some 1300 songs [several, several CD’s] I have collected over the years.

  2. #2 by NMI on September 4, 2011 - 12:35 am

    To add to this, I know I am doing a rather large batch conversion, but seeing that I have a dual core processor and there converting two files at a time, I still should not see nearly 100% CPU usage with this application.

    Fortunately, I will only have to do this once.

    Any future CD’s I acquire, I will rip using something like Windows Media Player and have the format be MP3.

    The app does seem to be pretty solid and is doing what I need it to do.

    • #3 by Mike on September 4, 2011 - 12:38 am

      I’m not surprised that you’re seeing the CPU pegged. If it’s converting a file per CPU (which it sounds like from your comment), it has to completely decode then re-encode each file. This is a CPU-intensive process and running a process per CPU no doubt pegs it.

      You’re right though, you’ll only need to do it once :)