Can't convert .wav to .mp3

I've got a couple of .wav files that I recorded using my microphone.  I want to convert these to mp3's so I can listen to them on my pocketpc without taking up much space.  One of the wav's is almost a half hour long.  

I've tried re-recording the .wav's with different quality settings, but I can't get them to convert to MP3's.

I've tried using Cool MP3 Wav converter, Roxio's easy cd creator, and also musicmatch.
Cool MP3 just creates a few seconds of loud shreaking noise.  Roxio just doesn't do anything when I hit the record button to convert the files.  Musicmatch says the files are incompatible.

Any suggestions?
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tconnollyCommented:
http://download.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=convert+wav+mp3&tg=dl-20

list of software options :)

if you still have problems let me know and i will take a look at a file...
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HackerNinjaAuthor Commented:
actually, I fixed it by downloading Roxio's latest patch.  The surprising thing was that converting my low-quality wav file to an MP3 almost doubled the file size!  From around 15MB to 28MB  So I'm sticking with the .wav file for now.
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Phila007Commented:
What kind of setting didi you use for your Wavefile? You have to use specific settings, so that the mp3 encoder will be able to convert a wav file.

Wave-file is not always wave-file...
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