How do I convert MP3 audio files to WMA?
Please, please, please help me! I saw a question you answered earlier about how to: Convert WMA from Windows Media Player into MP3 files? Now, I know you know how to convert WMA files to MP3 files, but do you know how to convert MP3 files to WMA files? Please help me, you would be my hero! You are my last hope!
Well, I can't resist trying to help someone who is at the very end of their proverbial rope, so I pulled a few sample MP3 flies out of my Windows Media Player library and dropped them onto my desktop to see what I could figure out.
Then I went to Download.com and searched for "mp3 wma" to see what it would show avaliable for download, and scored! The application Free MP3 WMA Converter looked quite promising, so I downloaded it and installed it on my Windows XP system. (Tip: if the above link doesn't work for grabbing a copy of the program yourself, you can always go to the developer's Web site). Want something more robust? Try the 24/7 supported application Smart Audio Converter. Either way, the process shown here is basically identical.
During the install process, it complained about the lack of some WMA codec libraries, but I indicated that I was okay with it installing those during the process and everything went swimmingly. I then launched the program and dragged my three test songs into it (Big Swing Face by Bruce Hornsby, I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You by Alan Parsons, and Army Dreamers by Kate Bush). It looked like this:
Once I'd added all three, I then changed the settings to specify where I wanted the output files saved (I've opted for my Desktop), what format to use (WMA) and then let it default to the correct WMA settings.
Finally, ready to go, I clicked on the "Convert!" button:
Notice on the bottom the progress bar shows that we're almost done, 84% through the conversion process. It took just a few seconds per track to convert all three to WMA format.
The final test? I opened up the WMA version of Army Dreamers in Microsoft's Windows Media Player and it played perfectly:
A straightforward process and a very nice application, especially for free.
More Useful iPod, Sony PSP and MP3 Player Help Articles:
✔ Deleted iTunes library but still have tracks on iPod...
Hi Dave, I have been following your newsletter for awhile now. Most of your topics are way over my head but very interesting....✔ How do I fix the time / date on my Apple iPod Touch?
I pulled my iTouch [ed note: "iPod Touch", actually] out of the drawer and when it was fully charged I realized that the...✔ Can I remove songs from an unsync'd iPod Touch?
My son has just come home from his uncle's house with a new iPod. Very nice. Full of a wide variety of music,...✔ Get started with iTunes Match!
I have a huge library of music, Dave, and want to be able to enjoy it on all my Apple devices, but am...✔ Can I pre-order a music CD from the Apple iTunes Store?
I have a bunch of bands and musicians I follow faithfully and when I see that there's a new CD coming out from...
Let's stay in touch!
Sign up for my weekly AskDaveTaylor Newsletter and you'll receive even more tech and gadget help right to your inbox, along with exclusive news and industry updates. It's good stuff. I promise!
I do have a comment, now that you mention it!
Check This Out Too...
Look for Answers
All Our Categories
Apple iPad Help
Articles and Reviews
Auctions and Online Shopping
Blogs and Blogging
Building Web Site Traffic
Business and Management
Computer and Internet Basics
d) None of the Above
Google Gmail Help
Google Plus Help
Industry News and Trade Shows
iPhone and Cell Phone Help
iPod, Sony PSP and MP3 Player Help
Kindle Fire Help
Mac OS X Help
Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Shell Script Programming
Tech Support Video Help
The Writing Business
Twitter, LinkedIn and Social Network Help
Unix and Linux Help
Video Game Tips and Help
Windows PC Help
Find Me on Google+
ADT on G+