Freeware to convert WMA to MP3?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sonictonic, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. sonictonic macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2006
    Central Coast, California
    Hi everyone,

    Can someone please help me find a freeware program to convert a non-copyright WMA file into an MP3 I can import into my Mac's iTunes?

    I looked on versiontracker and found 2 but one turned out to be a dumb demo that would only allow 12 seconds of conversion, and the other one looked like it was meant for something else :p


    Thanks :)
  2. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    ffmpegX should do the trick. Haven't used it for WMA files but it does WMV files to mpegs perfectly. just choose the preset option "audio file to mp3".
  3. sonictonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2006
    Central Coast, California
    This program is 50mb and wants me to install multiple codecs and "binary" stuff?! :(

    Overkill. I need to convert one song and thats it! This software is too confusing and bulky for that. Thanks for trying though. :)

    Tried this one and it does not seem to support WMA files.

    Anyone else care to suggest one?

  4. macman2790 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    well i have just what you want. it's called tunebite, its for os x and windows. its an awesome program, it even takes off protection(like napster preview downloads, haven't done it though). I just discovered it. Im not sure about the price, you'll have to look it up because there are different version. but its a great program, and I DID NOTICE THAT YOU SAID FREEWARE. I just wanted to give my 2 cents.

    well nevermind just read this for os x
    I was using the windows version.
  5. cecildk9999 macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2006
    East Coast
    Go here:

    The program is called switch and I used it to turn about 70 WMAs into iTunes Mp3s. I think it's trial software, but if you're just using it for one file, you shouldn't have a problem. Hope this helps.
  6. sonictonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2006
    Central Coast, California
    Thanks for the help but it didn't work. :( Seems like the perfect program if it worked as promised :mad:

    This is the error I get when I start to convert:
    [​IMG] I go to the web site as instructed, and this weird random "mp3el" thing to install only comes in .exe format. I'm on a MAC! I can't do anything with their EXE file! :(

    Does anyone just wanna do me a small favor and convert this darn song for me? I'm having no luck here on my own even though I am trying :p
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I don't happen to know a program on OS X... I don't use WMAs and never really have... but if you still have access to a Windows box, iTunes on Windows is the easiest solution by far.
  8. freebooter macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2005
    Daegu, South Korea

    Product Description:
    EasyWMA allows you to convert wma, asf and wmv audio files to aiff, mp3, m4a or wav so that you can play your favorite songs in iTunes or any other player on your Mac. EasyWMA can be helpful if you need to play wma files on your iPod!

    EasyWMA has a very simple user interface, full drag and drop support, and can even do batch processing to convert your whole library of wma songs in one click. It's also super easy to install : just a simple application to drag and drop on your harddisk.

    Main features
    Input formats : wma, asf, wmv, wav
    Output formats : aiff, m4a, mp3, wav
    Manual or automatic bit rate selection from source (32-320kbps)
    Batch processing
    Drag & drop of files and folders
    ID3 tags support
    iTunes integration

    This used to be free, so maybe you can find an older version somewhere, like bittorent. This version is $10.
  9. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    There are .exe files on Macs. ;) But they do totally separate things.
  10. antdfsc macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2006
    If you can play the file, get Audio Hijack. It lets you open any program and record its audio. I have used it for recording streaming audio, as well as sound clips from movies, it might do the trick. If not this might be a long shot, but you could try MPEG Streamclip, it lets you bring in all different types of files, and then export them to Quicktime, which would make converting to an MP3 easy... I dont have any WMA to test it with, but it might be worth a try.
  11. sonictonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2006
    Central Coast, California
    This is what I ended up doing. You're right, it was the easiest, by far.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and help, guys!
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    You're welcome! :) I'm glad something worked. I think certain WMP codecs or bad wrapping in the WMA format gives Macs trouble, and fail to work with these converters. I'm pretty sure iTunes for Windows uses MS's in-built WMP APIs, and let's MS do the dirty work for it, leading to a higher success rate....
  13. dandandandan macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2008

    just in case anyone is looking still (i found this discussion whilst googling for wma to mp3 conversion), switch works fine but you also have another program installed too. check this guide which explains it all. it's very simple. and both progs are FREE. cheers!

  14. tncdel macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    Switch didn't work for me

    I tried Switch. It did nothing with the wma file I tried to convert to an mp3.

    Anyone who formats in exe files knows a Mac user can't do anything with them except drag them to the trash and delete them. So why don't they use formats both Macs and PCs can use?

    I was hoping someone would create a simple converter. In my opinion wma should be discarded as a format, and mp3 used by everyone, since it is universal in the sense that both Mac and PC can use them.
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
  16. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    my advice is shell out a few lousy bucks to by a program that does the job.

    Chances are you'll use it it again in the future.
  17. catwink21 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    Sound Converter

    SoundConverter and Amadeus Pro will both do the trick. I use Amadeus because it has more functional options and VST's. They both cost but all upgrades are free for both, so it's a trade off you should be able to live with.
  18. givingjane macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2009
    Wow, Switch is great. I'm DJing a wedding this weekend, and the bride gave me a cd full of WMA's to play (not recognized by Ableton Live). Switch is doing the dirty work for me.
  19. staninfrance macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2009
    Switch worked for me, too.

    I just downloaded and installed Switch on my MacPro, converted in a batch about 12 WMP's to MP3 simply and quickly.

    Thanks for the Switch recommendation.:apple:
  20. kathpdx macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    DITTO the thanks from Staninfrance! I have lecture audio files that are WMA and I need to get them to MP3... SWITCH is at the job right now! FINALLY!

    Thanks for this thread!:)
  21. larueket macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    I know this post is old, but if anyone is looking (as I was) you can use All2MP3. This is free, and I have used it without problem.
  22. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    um i know this is long deadish.. but have you ever considered just using an "online" converter. for example the famous: can convert literally any file you want [i think].. but it does do .wma to .mp3 [i just tried ;)]
    just saying. if it was for one :) then you know online is the easy way to go.. [ or if you have like 5... still i would go online... but if you have like 10+go for programs lol!
  23. jeepnjava macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    Thank You Shayam - Too bad this one wasn't posted earlier - Love this site!
  24. Frank Hampshire macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2011
    Wmv - mp3

    Yes, thx Shayam - this was exactly what I was after! Just goes to show, never assume a thread is too old!! Thx again. FH.

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