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prettyvisitor
Nov 28, 2009, 11:57 AM
Just got a mac and I've got loads of music, of which much is wma format - which of course doesn't play in itunes. I downloaded realplayer and vlc but I can't keep a library in them and I'm not too keen on converting all of it. Looking for player that will play most formats, (or at least wma and mp3) but will also keep a library...

Cheers!



juanster
Nov 28, 2009, 11:58 AM
with a library or playlist? hmmm that's a hard one

GGJstudios
Nov 28, 2009, 12:04 PM
Depending on the size of your library, you'll probably be better off to bite the bullet and convert to a more universal format and use iTunes.

Fishrrman
Nov 29, 2009, 08:42 AM
I would suggest using a conversion utility like "EasyWMA" to convert them all to mp3 format.

I've used it a few times and it does the job.

EasyWMA _may_ do "batch conversions" as well to convert entire groups of files, but never tried to do that here.

There are a few other conversion utilities out there, as well.

The Mac and wma files just don't play well together. Best route is to convert and use with something like iTunes...

- John

Consultant
Nov 29, 2009, 10:29 AM
You can convert WMA or re-rip your CDs to a modern format: mp4 (aac).

justaregularjoe
Nov 29, 2009, 04:02 PM
can't you just drop wmas into itunes and get them converted automatically?

GGJstudios
Nov 29, 2009, 04:13 PM
can't you just drop wmas into itunes and get them converted automatically?

Only on the Windows version of iTunes. Not on the Mac version.

ChrisBrightwell
Dec 1, 2009, 10:02 AM
don't transcode. re-rip.

GermanSuplex
Dec 1, 2009, 10:29 AM
Does Media Monkey support wma? I'd imagine it does. That's a good little library manager. Supports and syncs to lots of players too.

dXTC
Dec 1, 2009, 11:05 AM
You may also want to try doubleTwist (http://www.doubletwist.com).

prettyvisitor
Dec 6, 2009, 11:58 AM
Thanks for all the responses.
I'm actually still stuck, mediamonkey seems good but there's no version for mac, while doubletwist won't work for me, I have no idea why. I install it, but it won't start for me.
As for converting, easyWMA will probably be my last resort as I'd rather go free. Most are paying though. One that looked promising was switch, it's free, but again, didn't work for me. If anyone knows of any other free converters or any more ideas on a player it would be much appreciated!
Cheers

wywern209
Dec 6, 2009, 04:46 PM
Thanks for all the responses.
I'm actually still stuck, mediamonkey seems good but there's no version for mac, while doubletwist won't work for me, I have no idea why. I install it, but it won't start for me.
As for converting, easyWMA will probably be my last resort as I'd rather go free. Most are paying though. One that looked promising was switch, it's free, but again, didn't work for me. If anyone knows of any other free converters or any more ideas on a player it would be much appreciated!
Cheers

why don't u just just try re-ripping? that may sound tedious but this way, u will save ur self time spent hunting for that perfect software.

bloodycape
Dec 6, 2009, 06:21 PM
So far the best media player software I have used on OSX is Songbird. Its loading is a bit slow but it can play almost any audio file out there and the interface is fairly customizable/skinnable.

prettyvisitor
Dec 12, 2009, 12:31 PM
Ah yes! Thanks very much. Songbird is exactly what I wanted - it's excellent!
Cheers for the post and thanks to everyone else who responded as well

LoganT
Dec 13, 2009, 05:24 AM
Unless you have pirated all that WMA music (I find that hard to believe because well no one uses WMA) you should probably re-rip the CD's to MP3 or AAC. You lose quality when you convert from one lossy format to another lossy format.