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3 Practical Methods to Convert RA to MP3 - Say No to Such Format Incompatibility Issues!

Author by Kevincy

Apr 30, 2020

Unable to play .ra audio file due to incompatible format or codec? Still looking for a workable solution blindly on the web? Come on, you can rest easy about it. I have compiled three verified methods to help you convert RA file to MP3. After you grasp this skill, it's easy to branch out to solve other video & audio incompatibility problems. Most importantly, you don't have to spend a cent.

Why do you fail to play RA audio file on your device? Well, first of all, you have to know that, RA stands for RealAudio, which is an age-old and proprietary audio format developed by RealNetworks. However, it's a "closed-minded" and tough audio file type that is not recognized and supported on most devices and media players. On the contrary, MP3 is a universal audio format widely used among virtually all devices and programs. To be honest, I haven't seen RA file format for years. So in the next part, I'll introduce 3 flexible methods to convert Real audio to MP3 for free. Read on for details.

Method 1 - How to Convert RA to MP3 with a Free Desktop RA to MP3 Converter?

Free HD Video Converter Factory is a free and easy-to-use program. Maybe you've never heard of it, but don't be put off by its name, it's also capable of various audio filetypes conversion due to its powerful built-in encoders and decoders. More than that, it features online music/video download and basic editing features, especially for non-tech-savvy users. It seems a little off topic, now let's get started. Just free downloadfree download and install this freeware.


Step 1. Load RA Files into the Freeware

Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory, open Converter and you'll see a self-explanatory GUI. Click on Add Files button to import the RA files you want to convert.

Add RA File to Free HD Video Converter Factory

Step 2. Select MP3 as Output Format

Click on the format profile on the right side to expand the entire output format list. Select MP3 format under Audio category. Based on your preference, you can also have other options.

Tips: This program natively has 500+ preset profiles of mainstream formats and devices. You don't need to make other settings changed, it's just a one-click thing.

Select MP3 Format

Step 3. Start RA MP3 Conversion

Press the inverted triangle icon, not the folder icon, to specify an output folder to save the converted MP3 file. Eventually, hit the big Run button to convert RA file to MP3.

Start RA MP3 Conversion

Method 2 - How to Convert RA to MP3 with VLC Media Player?

Yes, you read that right. VLC Media Player is more than just a simple player but usually too low-key. If you've already have VLC installed on your computer, it can be operated as a decent RA to MP3 converter and offers a timely help. The specific steps are as follows.


Step 1. Run VLC Media Player, click on Media on the menu bar and select "Convert / Save" option in the drop-down list. Alternatively, press the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + R.

Open Convert / Save

Step 2. On the "Open Media" dialog box, click on "Add" button to import your RA file, then press "Convert / Save" button to go ahead.

Import RA File

Step 3. Now you've come to the Convert window, select Audio - MP3 in the drop-down list of Profile. Assign a destination folder and hit "Start" button to the conversion. The slider will go along the progress bar on the bottom, and you'll see the MP3 file when the process is complete.

Start VLC Conversion

Method 3 - How to Convert RA to MP3 Online?

In addition, it's much easier to finish the conversion using some online converter service without any program or plugin installed. This method is recommended only if there is no personal privacy related issue and the file size is small, after all, it always has maximum file size limit and needs some time to upload, convert and download your files.

Furthermore, choose some safe and reliable online service to avoid redirect links, pop-up ads and possible malware. Here are some of my commonly used websites for your reference:

https://www.zamzar.com/convert/ra-to-mp3/

https://convertio.co/ra-mp3/

https://www.coolutils.com/online/RA-to-MP3


They all share the similar operation steps: Upload RA file from local drive > Select MP3 format > Uploading and converting > Download MP3 back to local drive.


Convert RA File Online

Further Reading - Brief Explanation of RA, RV, RM, RMVB and RAM.


RA: Real Audio, for audio-only files.

RV: Real Video, for video files (with or without audio).

RM: Real Media, a container format used for streaming content in CBR (constant bitrate).

RMVB: Real Media Variable Bitrate, developed on the basis of RM for streaming content in VBR.

RAM: Real Audio Metadata file, a small text file that contains one or more URLs of RealAudio or RealMedia streams that exist on the Internet servers

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