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Convert a file before downloading

Media Convert is a new online service which enables you to convert files before you download them to your computer system. All you have to do is add an url to the field on the service's website and select the input format. Select the format that you want to convert the file to and click on convert. The only restriction is that the file cannot exceed 150 megabytes, everything above that amount will not be processed by the service.

There are so many supported file formats that it is impossible to name them all. I try to list the most important ones. It supports the most important text formats, such as doc, txt, pdf, rtf and Open Office, many zip formats such as zip, rar and cab. The service in addition supports 17 video formats such as avi, mpg, mov and mp4, and more than 40 audio formats with all important ones covered by it.

The process itself takes some time depending on the size of the file which seems to be the major factor of course. A second option that the service offers is to upload a file and let the service convert the file for you. The time that this process takes depends of the upload speed of your internet connection.

The major advantages of using the media convert service is that you can use their service to convert a needed file into a format that you can edit and open using your computer, and that you do not need to install a software to convert files anymore.

Update: It appears that Media Convert is no longer available. The link to the site was removed from this article. We suggest you check out Online Convert, an alternative that you can use to convert media files from your local system or from the Internet.

online convert

All you have to do is select the target format you are interested in, click on go, and either load a local file for the conversion on the next page, or paste an url into the form to convert a file that is already available online.


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  1. Mosey said on March 12, 2007 at 12:02 am

    You can also try using :)

  2. Charles said on March 12, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    zamzar asked by e-mail and I don’t want to be spammed

  3. Mosey said on March 12, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Fair point… didn’t think about that. I haven’t noticed any noticeable increase in spam mail since using the service, but I guess one could always use a disposable address?

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