WMA Files on the Mac

jwolf6589

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I have a 2009 Olympus Voice Recorder. Recorder still works fine however since upgrading to the latest Mac OS version I am no longer able to play the files on my Mac without buying some special third party conversion software such as Movavi which costs as much as a new voice recorder. I bought a Sony recorder for $50 with 4GB of space which records to a mac friendly format .mp3 natively. Only issue is I have a TON of WMA files on my Mac that I am no longer able to play. Fip4Mac used to work when I had 32-bit capability but no longer on the latest OS. Anyone have any suggestions on how to play my old WMA files?
 

Fishrrman

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I'd use the free "All2MP3" utility to convert the WMA files to mp3 files.
Then they should be playable by almost anything on the Mac.

What you're going to need:
All2MP3, of course.

But... WARNING WARNING WARNING
DON'T download All2MP3 from the original source, because they "package it" along with crapware that will also install. Why they do this, I don't know.

Again, DO NOT download from here:

DO get a slightly older version of All2MP3 from here:
The above URL will download the app and NO "crapware" along with it.

Also... once you have it, DO NOT choose to "upgrade". It will probably download the installer that has the crapware in it.

Now... having said that, a good version of All2MP3 will do the job easily.

What to do next:
Create a folder on your desktop. This will be where you convert the files.

Copy a WMA file or two into the folder. You want this folder OPEN on the desktop, so you can see the files. Don't make the window too big.

Next, open All2MP3. It will open with a modestly-sized window on your desktop.

Next...
"Grab" one of the WMA files with the mouse, and drag-n-drop it into ALL2MP3's window.

A new dialog opens with some options.
Select the highest quality conversion.
For a destination, use the same folder that the WMA's are in (you can move them wherever you like later on).

Then, click convert (or whatever the button is named, can't remember).

The conversion will take a few moments (or longer, if the files are large).

When done, you should see an mp3 file with the same name in the folder.
Try it, and see how it plays.

Does this do what you need?
If so, convert all of them that way!
 

Morpheo

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VLC will play pretty much anything you throw at it. WMA 1/2/3 should play just fine (I don't have any to test) and you can convert them as well. Try that first.
 
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retta283

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I believe Music should still allow you to convert them to MP3, but if you can't get them into the Music app that will not work.
 

Erehy Dobon

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The venerable VLC Player and Audacity applications play individual WMA files just fine.

If you want to batch convert a bunch of WMAs, take a look at the freeware XLD utility. I use the latter to convert FLACs to ALACs. XLD can convert to a bunch of other formats.
 

jwolf6589

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The venerable VLC Player and Audacity applications play individual WMA files just fine.

If you want to batch convert a bunch of WMAs, take a look at the freeware XLD utility. I use the latter to convert FLACs to ALACs. XLD can convert to a bunch of other formats.
audacity?I downloaded the latest version and it wont convert Windows Media files.
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I believe Music should still allow you to convert them to MP3, but if you can't get them into the Music app that will not work.
It does not work.
 

iluvmacs99

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I have a 2009 Olympus Voice Recorder. Recorder still works fine however since upgrading to the latest Mac OS version I am no longer able to play the files on my Mac without buying some special third party conversion software such as Movavi which costs as much as a new voice recorder. I bought a Sony recorder for $50 with 4GB of space which records to a mac friendly format .mp3 natively. Only issue is I have a TON of WMA files on my Mac that I am no longer able to play. Fip4Mac used to work when I had 32-bit capability but no longer on the latest OS. Anyone have any suggestions on how to play my old WMA files?
Unfortunately with Catalina, it breaks a number of 32bit apps that require drivers to play files that aren't standard on the Mac, namely WMA. Apple's recommendation had always been that if you dive into Catalina and have files that can't play on it, your best bet would be to keep an old mac for that purpose (which I do including a PowerMac G5 now for those even older unsupported audio files) or buy another 64bit application (which you know already exist) and swallow the cost. A number of apps people advice here are for 32bit capability, not 64bit which is why you are having some difficulty converting. Or else, set up a dual boot drive and install a 32bit friendly OS like High Sierra, if your Mac supports it, and convert those WMA files to MP3.
 
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Erehy Dobon

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audacity?I downloaded the latest version and it wont convert Windows Media files.
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It does not work.
I downloaded the sample WMA file from this page:

http://samplephotovideo.com/2015/12/wma-windows-media-sample-audio-file-wma/

and converted it uneventfully to MP3 using Audacity version 2.3.3. I was able to play the resultant MP3 file without issue using the built-in QuickTimePlayer.

The original WMA file can be correctly played back with either Audacity or VLC 3.0.8.

I am using a Mac mini 2018 running Mojave 10.14.6 for what it's worth. I have zero experience with Catalina 10.15.x.
 

vemac575

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This is why I am always late to update the OS. Use a DAW. Garageband is free and comes with every mac. You can just drag the files in. The plus is that you can edit them too.