How to Convert .SNH files to .MP3 in macOS

You’ve downloaded some .shn files and now you want to convert them to mp3. This guide will walk you through the steps to do just that, using macOS.

First things first, make sure you’ve downloaded and installed the latest version of XLD, which is completely free (open source), has been around forever and is still updated regularly (it works perfectly with macOS Catalina).

  1. Launch XLD from your Applications folder. If the Preferences don’t open automatically, select XLD from the Menu Bar and then Preferences… from the list. Click the Output format: menu to bring up all of the options.
  2. Select LAME MP3
  3. Now with the Output format: set to LAME MP3, click the Option button.
  4. From here you can change the quality settings for the resulting MP3s. The default settings are completely fine, but if you want to increase the quality (which will also increase the file size of the MP3s) – drag the ‘slider’ in the Target Quality area to the right. Click OK when you’re happy with the settings.
  5. Now select File and then Open…
  6. Navigate to the .SNH files you want to convert to MP3, select them and then click the Open button.
  7. XLD will immediately start to convert them. The process doesn’t take very long but will depend on the overall speed of your Mac (processor speed, amount of memory etc).
  8. Once completed, the MP3 files will be in the same folder as the source SHN files.
  9. That’s it!

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  4. Great tutorial. One question, though. When I add the files to iTunes I have them tagged as one album and disc 1 of 1 (if that’s the case). From there, I have the tracks numbers as they are supposed to be: 1 of 12, 2 of 12, etc.

    When I sync to my iPod, I can’t access the whole album. Tracks are individual within the album (1 of 1, 1 of 1, etc). Am I doing something wrong, or is this just the way the system works?

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  6. This has been super helpful…there was an especially great show I attended years ago in college that I grabbed from archive.org and was clueless as to how to listen.

  7. I have Xact and itunes. When I try to convert the .shn files with Xact, I get this error message: “No magic number found.” What the heck does that mean?? Help!

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