3 Simple Methods to Convert Your Vinyl into MP3

Record Spinning on Turn Table

If you found this article most probably you already own a record player or a turntable. You have some (or loads of) vinyl records, too. If you have lots of them than you are in the same shoes as me. I also happen to own some rare vinyls.

Heck the reason why I decided to save music from my vinyls into mp3 and put it on my smartphone and computer. This way I cannot only listen to it no matter where I go (even though the sound quality is certainly not the same) but having it on several devices, in different formats also means that if anything happens to my vinyl (which I hope won’t), I won’t lose the content of it.

Anyway, this article is not about my vinyls and my story but about different methods to convert vinyl to mp3. Let’s get started!

Money-wise you can do it in 3 different ways:

  • free
  • cheap
  • expensive (or free)

Let’s see in details

  • Convert vinyl to MP3 using a free software made for this purposeAudacity software

Audacity software

Audacity is a free software that you can use to convert your vinyls to mp3 in case you don’t want to spend any money on it. It is compatible both with Windows and with Mac and is pretty easy to use. However, the quality of the conversion won’t be the best for sure. That’s why, in case you go for this method, it is more than recommended to use some software to make the quality of converted music better. As many say you get what you pay for. This time you get much more than nothing (given it is free) but still, this gives the lowest quality of the three methods.

You will also find a software to get finished MP3 from raw ripped music. There are many software you can use for this, just go and google “converting from raw music to mp3” and you will find loads. As I haven’t used this method I cannot comment on which one you should go for.

  • Use a paid but cheap software that does the whole conversion and gives better quality, too

Golden Records

You can get this software for under $100 and apart from converting from vinyl to mp3 you can also use it to convert cassettes to mp3. You can check the details out here!

  • Last but not least – Use your turntable/record player to convert vinyl directly to mp3


This is the method that I used. In the beginning I wrote that this is either the expensive way of converting vinyl to mp3 or the other free way of doing it. I think now you get why I wrote that. If you have a turntable that has this feature, like I do, then you are lucky and you can do it for free.

If you have a turntable that doesn’t have this feature built-in but you want one that does, you definitely need to buy a new device. You can for example check out this page: https://www.pickmyturntable.com/our-genuine-review-of-the-audio-technica-at-lp120-usb/On this page you can read our review of the best record player in 2016 that of course has this feature.

The manual of those devices that have this feature will guide you through the process. I would not go into details with this as it varied from turntable to turntable but trust me, it is not rocket science. By the way, did I mention that this method gives the best result by far? I mean as for the quality of mp3 converted from vinyl.

These were the 3 easiest way of converting your vinyls to mp3. If you were hesitating whether to do it or not, you can see how easy it is so, don’t wait any longer, go and save your beloved music on some other devices, too.