Dear Computer Lady,
Is there a program that changes an MP3 file to text? I have a lot of MP3 files and would like to read them rather than listen to them . I love your letter . It has helped me learn a LOT.
I am not aware of any programs that would change MP3 files to text, and I am guessing that there is probably not any direct or easy way to make this conversion. Here is why…
An MP3 file is a type of audio file. It takes sound waves and converts them into a digital file. When the file is read, it is converted back into sound waves and played on your speakers or headphones. If there are words in the sound waves, they are never recorded in the file as actual text, only the sound of the words is recorded.
A text file is a file that has digital codes for each keystroke you type on your computer. The text file does not know what the text sounds like, and it can only display it on your screen as text.
There is software that will take a text file and “read” it to you. This software has been programmed to know what each letter and word sounds like and with modern technology it does a pretty good job of reading text. Microsoft Narrator does a good job of reading text on your computer. YOu can find it in your program files under “Accessories” and then “Ease of Access”.
There is also speech recognition software that will take the words that you speak into a microphone and type what it “hears”. This type of software usually takes some training, and is prone to make mistakes.
At this point, the only sure way to make the conversion you are looking for is to hire a real human to transcribe the MP3 files.