WMA to MP3 converter

  • 20 February 2006
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Anyone have any good suggestions for WMA to MP3 converter?

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Unless you are converting from WMA lossless to MP3 I would not suggest doing this. As going from one lossy format to another results in a worse digital copy of your music than you started with. (This is because of the fact that lossy permanently throws away some information when it compresses, whereas lossless compression does not). The reason is that each lossy format uses a different method for compressing its music. Think of it as removing parts of a file to get a smaller foot print. If you convert from one method to another, it may remove more of the file than it would have originally, therefore, even though you may have a higher bit rate file, it will actually contain less informatoin.

If you convert from lossless to lossy, you have a digitally exact copy of your music. Therefore the lossless format will compress as it would have from the original CD.

With that understanding, you can use a multitude of programs.

dbpoweramp
MediaMonkey
Tag & Rename

There are others as well, some require LAME licenses (LAME is an MP3 encoder), some do not. Hope this information helps.

-Jason
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Just for info .... iTunes for Windows will do this automatically (through a prompt pop-up) when importing WMA files.
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Just for info .... iTunes for Windows will do this automatically (through a prompt pop-up) when importing WMA files.

Nice tip, you can also choose the destination codec in iTunes, if you'd prefer to use another type other than MP3.

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