How to convert ASX to MP3 with VLC Media Player

How to convert ASX to MP3 with VLC Media Player How to convert ASX to MP3 with VLC Media Player

As you might know, ASX is not an actual media file format, but an XML file (or playlist) that points to the location of a video or audio file (contains an URL link). This type of file is mainly used for storing the location of streaming media (such as an Internet radio station or a video stream) and converting them (the files indicated by the ASX) to a specific format, like the popular MP3 audio format so that you can store them on your hard drive and listen to them at any desired time, which can prove to be quite a hassle for some users.

There are several ways you can do that and I will show you one of these methods by using the powerful VLC Media Player 2.1 (Freeware)  by VideoLAN. I have chosen this application because it is a very popular media player that can also help you convert files, among many other features. 

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You will need to download the following software to keep up with this tutorial.

Here are the steps you will need to complete to convert ASX media files to MP3 format

Step 1

Open an ASX file using a text editor (like Notepad) and copy the URL of the media file (see the image).

Copy URL from ASX fileCopy URL from ASX file

Step 2

After launching the program, go to the "Media" tab and select "Open Network Steam".

Open Network StreamOpen Network Stream

Step 3

Paste the copied URL of the media file you want to convert and click "Play".

Step 4

After the file has loaded and started to play, go to the "Media" tab and click on "Convert / Save" (or use CTRL+R key combination).

Open Conversion WindowOpen Conversion Window

Step 5

Go to the "Network" tab and make sure that the video URL is the same as the one you provided (or paste it again) and click on the "Convert / Save" button.

Step 6

Choose MP3 as the output format (as shown in the image below), provide the location for the output file, and click on "Start".

Output Format SelectionOutput Format Selection


If you follow the present guide, you will have your MP3 file saved and ready to be used in no time. Even though it might seem a bit complicated, converting the media files indicated by your ASX file into MP3 using VLC Media Player 2.1 (Freeware) is quite simple and you shouldn't encounter any problems. If you want to search for other applications that will help you with the task, then you can check the related programs list below.

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