WMA file play.. and multitasking.

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by tlinford, Jul 19, 2011.

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    tlinford

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    Hi,

    I looking for a solution to play wma files and do something else at the same time on my iPad, like writing notes about what I'm listening to).

    I have lectures recored in wma file type that I want to play while listening to the audio... I can playback wma files, using VLC, which is fine until I switch to another task at which point the audio stops playing (so much for multitasking, I suppose VLC was designed mainly for video, so why would you be doing anything else?) .

    Q: Is there an app out there that will play wma files like the iPod does audio?

    If not,

    what about converting the files to mp3 for something else that iTunes recognises?

    I see that there are various paid applications for converting wma files to mp3, but I don't see why I should need to pay, when I can use handbrake or realplayer convert to convert video file types for free (I am a poor student).

    Q: Is there a free converter for changing an audio file from wma to mp3 out there?

    cheers....
     
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    No idea on what converter to use, but definitely do convert them. WMA files will have to be decoded on the CPU, while there's a dedicated hardware decoder for AAC or MP3 (AAC would be the better choice). That means WMA will eat a lot more battery, and perhaps slow the system down if it's doing that in the background.

    This way you can just use the ipod app too.
     
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