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How to Convert Songs from OGG to MP3 on Mac and Windows

What is OGG and How to Open OGG?

Speaking of which, OGG (also called OGG Vorbis) is already a rather compressed file format similar and altertive to MP3 and AAC. Actually, despite its completely free and open nature as well as alike quality, it's much less popular than MP3 and AAC, meaning a limited number of media players are going to support it and are listed as follows:

  • VLC Player
  • Foobar2000
  • Windows Media Player
  • iTunes
  • MPlayer
  • Winamp

Note: for the media players mentioned above, some might need plug-in for successful playback.

OGG Vorbis vs MP3

Between OGG Vorbis and MP3, it is difficult choice, so you should acquaint yourself with these two audio formats. What follows is the summary of their differences.

  • In terms of popularity and compatibility, MP3 outweighs OGG Vorbis.
  • When it come to compression rate, OGG has smaller file size than MP3.
  • OGG Vorbis can be embedded into a webpage, but MP3 can't.
  • OGG compresses the audio data at variable bitrate while MP3 at constant bitrate.

There's a Need for OGG to MP3 Conversion For Better Accessibility

Let's put aside the technical details and focus on the compatibility of each format, and you will notice that OGG audio format has limited support from most applications and devices that make it an annoying thing when you feel like enjoying on the go. There are occasions that you may have a lot of OGG audio files that are ripped from a collection of Blu-ray discs or DVDs. Given the fact that MP3 is one of the most popular audio formats that is accessible on most portable media players and devices, then you may prefer to convert these OGG Vorbis files directly to MP3 so that you can make usable music copies in iTunes and later put these audios into your mobile phone trouble-free (See the esay way to sync your songs on Mac over to iPhone without iTunes, for example).

Actually, there is something that is up to the task. Video Converter for Mac will do exactly what you are hoping with great ease. Despite its name for full video conversion, it's used for pretty much everything. It supports batch conversions for a volume of audio profiles (OGG, MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, AIFF, M4R and many more), so you can select as many songs as a time and convert it all in one shot to get the formats you need. Apart from converting media files, it houses an inherent editor for improving visual experience for trailers and adjusting audio file-remove the unwanted parts of a song by setting the start and end point at a particular point of time.

To help you out, what follows are three steps showing how to convert OGG music files straight into MP3 on Mac flawlessly, it also applies to lossless MP4 to MP3, M4V to MOV and more. Providing you are on a Windows virtual machine, you may refer to Video Converter for Windows.

Step 1: Import OGG Audio Files

Click "Add File" on the upper-left position to locate and import OGG files. You can do it one by one or import the whole folder.

Each file you add can be edited and cut independently – nothing is final until you export your finished project. For music editing, you can use the "Clip", the scissors pattern attached on the top toolbar, to trim the music track making it shorter and keeping just the part you need. All you need to do is set the the starting and ending point, hence cutting an unwanted portion.

Step 2: Set MP3 as Exported Frofile

Click "Profile" (at the lower bottom) to drop down a menu along with an array of ready-to-use presets. Here, scroll to "General Audio" column and choose "MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)".

Or, depending on where you want your audio, you can also choose the out-of-the-box device-oriented profile, for instance, you prefer to play your source FLAC music tracks in smart iPhone without any limitations, then just move to the "Apple iPhone" catagory to pick the particular iPhone model, and this program will automatically turn FLAC to Apple friendly format type: ALAC(.m4a), MP3, AAC.

Are you crazy about the output quality of the final MP3 tracks? The compression options are at your disposal. You can click "Settings" near the "Profile" menu to tweak the audio parameters shown as below. But usually, the default configurations are good enough without tinkering with any of them.

Step 3: Start Converting OGG to MP3 on Mac

After all, just press "Browse" beneath "Settings" to save the converted files wherever form your Mac local and you can rename it in the "Destination" field. Then just hit "Convert" to get the process started and wait for a few minutes.

This OGG to MP3 Converter supports batch conversion and can deal with your audio files at a decent speed. A pop-up notification will show you the progress of each conversion process.

Once the conversion finished, all your OGG audio data will be wrapped in MP3 format and stayed in the local folder you've designated.

That's it! Now just try this program on your Mac or PC and you will surely benefit from it.