Why would you want to export your beautiful audio project as an MP3 file, you ask?
You didn’t ask? Well, I don’t care. I’m going to tell you anyway.
It’s important because you can’t open an audacity project file in Windows Media Player or iTunes. HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO SHOW YOUR BEAUTIFUL AUDIO DOCUMENTARY TO ALL OF YOUR WEIRD FAMILY MEMBERS,WHO ARE VISITING FROM MONTANA, USING YOUR IPOD IF YOU CAN’T EVEN PUT THE FILE ONTO ITUNES?!?!?!?! No worries. I’ll show you how to export that audacity file as an MP3 and then you can show your audio documentary to the entire world.
1) Okay, open up the Audacity project that you want to export.
2) Next, in Audacity, Click on File, then Export. A window will pop up. Towards the bottom, there is a drop-down menu of the file format type that you want to save the project as. Choose MP3 (if you want to export the file as an MP3). Choose your file name and save!
3) A new window will pop up and if you wish to do so, you can fill out the Artist Name, Album Name, Track Title, Track Number, etc. Click OK.
4) The program is going to suggest that you download LAME MP3 encoder. So, click download.
5) A window with all of this information on it (see directly below) will pop up.
- Go to the download page
Left-click this link, do not right-click.
- Directly underneath “For FFMpeg/LAME on Windows”, left-click the link Lame v3.99.3 for Windows.exe and save the file anywhere on your computer.
- Double-click “Lame v3.99.3 for Windows.exe” to launch it (you can safely ignore any warnings that the “publisher could not be verified”).
- Follow the Setup instructions to install LAME for Audacity, making sure not to change the offered installation location of “C:\Program Files\Lame for Audacity” (or “C:\Program Files (x86)\Lame for Audacity” on a 64-bit version of Windows).
Follow those instructions.
6) Another window will pop up. It should say “Completing the LAME Setup Wizard.” Click Install, Next (multiple times), and finally, Finish.
7) The file should export and be saved as an MP3.
8) From this point on, when exporting, you’ll skip steps 4-6. Yay!