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How to compress audio files in Windows 10 with Audacity

File compression is used primarily for images in an attempt to reduce their size. This is to use them on websites, documents, presentations, etc., and try not to be so thoughtful in terms of their size. But images are not the only type of file that can be compressed. You can also compress audio files and reduce their size.

Like images, when an audio file is compressed, some of the quality will be lost. This is undoubted. The only thing to determine is how much quality would be lost and if it will be remarkable. The trade-off is getting good file compression, without sacrificing too much quality.

We have prepared this post to show you how to compress an audio file in Windows 10, using the Audacity program.

Compress audio files with Audacity

File compression will sometimes involve converting a file from one format to another. This usually happens when you go from a lossless to a lossy format, for example WAV to MP3.

The conversion process will reduce the quality, but the application used will also have an impact on the audio quality. This is why we recommend using Audacity to compress audio files.

auda  and install it. Now open the application, drag and drop the audio file you want to compress into the application window.

Then go to File> Export. Choose a lossy format to convert the file. For example, you can compress to MP3.

After selecting the format, you must now select the bit rate for the audio file. Bitrate is for audio files what framerate (frames per second) is for a video file. The higher the bit rate, the larger the audio file will be.

You can choose a lower bitrate, but only converting a file from a lossless to a lossy format will reduce its size.

Change the Bitrate mode to variable or constant, and save the file.

This is a simple file conversion and compression. If you want to reduce the file size even further, consider using Audacity to edit or crop any unnecessary parts. You can also convert the audio from stereo to mono. Remember to keep the original file until you are done with the project. You may need it again at some point, or you may want to compress it with different parameters.

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