wma to mp3

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  1. Jewx macrumors newbie

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    hi !
    I got some rare song but they're in .wma, and i need them in .mp3.
    Someone know an wma to mp3 converter freeware ??? For Tiger !

    thanks
     
  2. ruzzian macrumors member

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  3. Jewx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but i have to buy it !

    The demo free version only make 12 second mp3 with the wma file.

    someone got it free ?
     
  4. croshtique macrumors 6502

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    Give Audio Hijack a try - it doesn't convert the file but captures the aujdio stream and encodes it how you want. The demo gives you 10mins until it overlays white noise on recordings...
     
  5. Sic macrumors 6502

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    find it weird that iTunes on the PC converts wma to mp3, but the mac version doesnt :(
     
  6. ruzzian macrumors member

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    Its because PC users need something to hold their hands and enlighten them to non-Microsoft file formats. :p
     
  7. Sic macrumors 6502

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    hehe...i've got some friends that think wma is an acceptible file format. silly people
     
  8. ruzzian macrumors member

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    Haha! Oh dear, thats dangerous thinking :p
     
  9. Darwin macrumors 65816

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    Apart from the programs like EasyWMA there isn't an official Windows Media Encoder for the Mac

    Not one from Microsoft that is
     
  10. ruzzian macrumors member

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    Did you expect there to be? Coming from the people that arent going to make ANY new versions of IE for macs and are ridding the internet of any old versions! I'm not saying thats a bad thing at all, but how much of a paddy must Gates be throwing now the world KNOWS that OS X is better than Microsoft Windows.
     
  11. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    MS included a built-in WMA to MP3 encoder in Windows. iTunes makes use of that. If Apple where to include their own WMA to MP3 encoder, they would have to pay MS a licensing fee.
     
  12. ruzzian macrumors member

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    The irony in that!:D
     
  13. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Where is the irony? Sounds like normal business procedures to me. Apple would have to pay to use technology created by MS in certain instances. Apple decides it isn't that important and they leave the feature out. In instances where they don't have to pay, they add the feature.
     
  14. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a

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    I second this...if it's under 10 minutes for the audio file and you only have a couple to convert, this will do it in pretty much any file format you want to.
     
  15. ruzzian macrumors member

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    Well it is a little ironic that Apple would have to pay to add a feature to a program they made! I'm aware its normal business procedures, but you still not seeing the irony? However Im glad its not a feature because WMA's are pointless. Not even use by music technicians.
     
  16. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I could make a computer from scratch. Build the chips and everything. Even build the chips for firewire. I still have to pay $0.25 to have the firewire on my system. That is not ironic at all. I may have made the computer, but other invented firewire.

    Many companies put time and effort into developing firewire. They deserve to be paid for it. No irony here.

    And why be glad that a feature that many people could use is not in iTunes? It would make people's switch somewhat easier. Some people paid for WMA files and don't want to just delete them.
     
  17. ruzzian macrumors member

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    This has really hit a nerve with you hasnt it! Seeming as we're getting all narky how WMA is **** file format, and it is a prime example of Microsofts intention of making computing more and more difficult, inventing more file formats, and never wanting to make anything universal.
    And why make a huge point about Firewire and claim that MS invented it? Apple introduced Firewire, not MS. It was developed by a man called Michael D. Jonas Teener and Apple as a partnership. I understand completely that people should be paid for development and hard work but to make my point I do find this whole situation a little ironic, and I know you dont share the same sense of irony that I do, but who really cares. Not me.
     
  18. Sic macrumors 6502

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    i didnt know that. thanks :)
     
  19. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    No. I'm just trying to understand why this is ironic.

    I agree. It is inferior to almost every other format available. So how does this add to the irony?

    I don't think that is intentional. They just have poor development.

    When you are as big as MS and have 90% of the market, you can do this and no one can stop you. So what does this have to do with anything anyway?

    Merely a typo. I edited it. I have a few posts in this forum regarding who invented firewire..

    If you want to get real technical, then you are not totally correct. Tenner was head of the development. Apple played a huge role in it. But Sony, Canon, ST Microelectronics, Matsushita, National Semiconductor, RF Microdevices, ST Microelectronics, Intel, and others also had roles in the development of 1394 and all these companies hold patents regarding firewire. To say apple invented firewire is only a half a truth.

    I just wanted to know why you find this ironic. You don't seem to want to tell me.
     
  20. InfiniteLoop1 macrumors member

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    I downloaded EasyWMA ages ago for free and i can convert any file as long as i want, not that i've tried an hour long wma file but ive converted a 4 minute song before, its a little slow but it works, maybe now they're making people pay for it
     
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    Mmmm, irony:

    - Apple makes a great Mac program available to poor PC users, so they can cling desperately to their horrible OS and still use the lovely iPod / iTunes, yet -

    - Apple would have to pay MS if they wanted make available the ability for Mac users to reformat their music in the way PC users can.

    To even the score, the PC version of iTunes could cost a bit :D :eek:
     
  22. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    That's because Windows Media comes with Windows. Apple just had to hook into it.

    The Flip4Mac tools can do this. They aren't free but they are licensed by Microsoft.
     
  23. ruzzian macrumors member

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    I missed that. Mainly due to the fact you were exerting a very stubborn retort by not necassarily just trying to understand, but by making disparaging remarks to what I had said, which in the first place, didnt really require a huge discussion. Statements from you like, "No irony here" never really gives out connotations of 'trying to understand'. I'm not bothered by how you were talking to me, but your tone was not hugely congenial. I understand mine hasnt been on my last two posts but I felt it getting pointlessly tempestuous.

    It doesnt have anything to do with anything, I was expressing an opinion about WMA files and how I feel Microsoft are intentional - so to develop applications/files etc that can only be used in Windows to best effect. This is HOW Microsoft have saturated the market, and I feel its disgusting. It was opinion.... nothing more.

    I realise that there were many other parties involved in developing FireWire, but Tenner and Apple were the two main parties involved which were worth mentioning considering I was under the impression you thought MS made it! It was a typo though so thats not an issue anymore, its fun to agree! :D


    I've already stated why i thought it was ironic, and its not a secret I'm too attached to so I will reiterate. From what has been said on MS adding a WMA to MP3 converter onto iTunes, I find this ironic for this reason:

    Apple developed iTunes, and its arguably their prize possession. MS then develop a funky little converter to add onto their Windows iTunes. I am aware its simple business and development should be bought at a price, but I find it ironic that Microsoft have ownership of an addition to iTunes. Its not a huge irony, as Ive stated before, but enough to provoke a slight giggle. I never realised MS had made this so when I found out on this 'ere thread, I found it funny. Partly because Apple now dominate music on computers (much thanks to the less dodgey compression of MP3's and the wonderful versatility of Logic) and MS are having to keep up with them (and for the the reason stated above). There is no need to exacerbate this now. We've both talked down to each other and as fun as that is, its not polite to do it any further in a public forum. So lets just agree to disagree. But I still find it ironic :p *cyber handshake*
     

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