WMA files

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  1. Wilden macrumors newbie

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    Is there an app for OSX that I can use to play wma files without having to convert them to mp3. I have over 3000 songs and I dont want to wait for days while it all converts.

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  2. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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  3. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

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    Why can't iTunes convert WMA to MP3 as it can in the Windows version?
     
  4. Wilden thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It can't? Oh god, I am going to have to do all the converting on this crashfest.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Because OS X doesn't have the underlying Windows Media components that Windows has and iTunes on Windows uses to do this conversion.

    With Flip4Mac and QT Pro you should be able to convert to MP3/M4A under OS X. (Flip4Mac adds the necessary components).

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  6. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    I thought wilden didn't want to convert his music anyway, just play them.
    Flip4Mac does exactly that.

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  7. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

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    so with flip4mac, itunes will automaticallyconvert wma to aac? I want to convert not play
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Flip4Mac alone will only allow you to play in QT. With QT Pro you can export to whatever format you want.

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  9. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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  10. brandon6684 Guest

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    Assuming that Flip4Mac works about the same as the Ogg Vorbis OT component, it should let you play WMAs right in iTunes. Also, I belive VLC can play WMA as well.
     
  11. zwida macrumors 6502a

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    Switch is an awesome tool. Of course, if you have protected files (of any sort) you're kind of out of luck with any of the "legal" tools.
     
  12. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

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    is there an equivalent for video? need to convert from .avi?
     
  13. Frisco macrumors 68020

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  15. brandon6684 Guest

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    ffmpegX is good at converting video
     
  16. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

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    ok, i downloaded flip4mac from microsoft, and switch but i couldnt convert the files....what should i do?
     
  17. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't convert them, just plays them.

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  18. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

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    i guess i miss understood, i would like to convert my wma files to mp3 or aac if possible, at the least i would like to play the wma files in itunes
     
  19. MacFan25863 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have access to a windows computer, try installing iTunes in that, then importing all your windows media files into iTunes. It should convert them all to aac or mp3. Then drag them over to your mac.
     
  20. balamw Moderator

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    Flip4Mac allows QT to play the files. If you also have QT Pro you can re-export to MP3 or AAC which iTunes can then handle.

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