The Windows Media file WMA is automatically produced once audio files are ripped using Windows Media Player. While this format is useful for most computer based players especially those created by Microsoft it may not be the best option for external devices that are not compatible with this format. MP3 is a more popular format that is widely used in most or all players. Its popularity is due in part to its smaller file sizes and comparatively good audio quality. Converting Windows Media player files to MP3s is preferable especially if the files will be played in other standalone devices. To perform the conversion you can use any of the available programs online. The conversion is straightforward and simple and will not require much time. For this example Clone2Go Free Audio Converter will be used to outline the process.
Clone2Go Free Audio Converter.
1. Go to the website and download Clone2Go Free Audio Converter. Install it on your computer following the set-up instructions given. Always download the latest version to access new features and upgrades. The most current edition of the program will also be the most stable and therefore better to use.
2. Launch the program. The User interface should appear instantly.
3. Load your WMA files by going to the Add Media Files option. From there you may browse your system files to locate the WMA file(s) that need to be converted. You may also access these files by going to the File menu option and choosing Add Media Files from the drop down menu. If you prefer a quicker method drag and drop the files from the left section of the interface that displays the file path.
4. Set your output format. Go to Output Format and select MP3 from the list of options. It will appear as MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (.mp3) . You will not need to change any other settings as the defaults will produce a high quality MP3. However you may adjust the bitrate if you would like to increase the audio quality slightly. However in doing this the MP3 file will be noticeably larger.
5. Once you are satisfied with all the files that have been loaded select the Start Encode option to begin converting your WMA to MP3. The time taken will largely depend on the number of files, their individual sizes and the processing power of your CPU.
6. Playback your file to ensure the sound quality is to your liking.
Tips and Warnings
• If the WMA file has DRM protection you will first need to get a program that can remove this. The software will not be able to convert DRM protected files. Please note that removing this protective code is considered copyright infringement.
• Do not turn off your computer during the encoding process as this may result in errors or incomplete conversion.
• If you are using an especially slow computer, resist using other programs while the converter is encoding the WMA files.