I found a program on my computer called Windows Audio Converter. If I change all my wma’s into mp3’s will I be able to use them on my iPod?
First off, I have to say that I’m suspicious of any software that you just “find” on your computer. In this day and age, if you don’t know where a program came from and how it got on your computer, it’s probably smarter to avoid using it.
As you know, your iPod can’t play WMA (Windows Media) format files and you need to convert them to MP3 format for them to work properly. Fortunately, this isn’t too hard if you are willing to download an application off the net.
Indeed, a quick visit to Download.com shows that there are a ton of applications that can perform audio file format conversions. Of these many choices, the most popular appear to be Smart Audio Converter, dBpowerAmp Music Converter, Power MP3 WMA Converter, and Media Monkey.
If for no other reason than the great name, I’d start with Media Monkey for your task, and the fact that it works on Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows XP is just a bonus.
If you want a commercial application, then Easy CD-DA Extractor also converts quite a few different audio formats, including being able to convert MP4 files into the MP3 files that your iPod wants.
Oh, and in terms of Windows Audio Converter, I think you’ll find that you need to pay to use it: it’s included with the Windows Media Player 10 system, but from what I can find out, it’s a separately licensed application.