How to convert media to audio with AIMP3

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 14, 2015
Music and Video

AIMP3 is an audio player for Windows that supports the conversion of video and audio files to audio formats among other things.

The program's audio converter is quite powerful as it supports a wide variety of input and output formats.

Some, like mp3, can be added to the player as they are not supported by default while others, including aac, flac, ogg or wma are supported by default by it.

To add mp3 support to AIMP3, do the following:

  1. Download the latest version of Lame to your system and extract the contents of the archive afterwards.
  2. Locate the files lame.exe and lame_enc.dll in the archive's root folder and copy them to the AIMP3\System\Encoders directory of the AIMP3 folder.

You have two options to use AIMP3's audio converter. If you have installed the audio player on your system, you may right-click supported video and audio formats to convert them directly from within Windows Explorer.

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Simply select one or multiple supported files, right-click on the selection afterwards and select AIMP3 > Convert to another format.

This opens the program's audio converter right away.  The second option you have is to open AIMP3 first, right-click in the interface and select Utilities > Audio Converter from the context menu to launch the program this way.

aimp3 audio converter

You may add supported media files using the plus icon at the top of the interface, or use drag & drop instead to do the same.

All files are displayed with their name, extension and audio format. You configure the conversion options at the bottom of the interface.

There you select the desired output format and quality, and may add post-processing options such as renaming or moving files to the job as well. Files are converted into individual output files by default which is something that you can change in the interface as well. If you want, you can convert all input files into a single output file.

A click on options displays additional audio conversion preferences. You may use them to change the number of threads and process priority, or whether you want ramping or surround enabled in the transform options.

The conversion itself is fast and processed silently in the background. Converted audio files are saved in the same directory as source files unless you have selected the optional move preference during job setup.

Closing Words

While Windows users have plenty of options when it comes to the conversion of media files to audio, Helium Audio Converter, FlicFlac or Hamster Audio Converter to mention a few, there is little need for these tools if you are already using AIMP3.

How to convert media to audio with AIMP3
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How to convert media to audio with AIMP3
Find out how to convert audio and video files using the free program AIMP3 for Windows.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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