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:
https://tresrrr.com
DO get a slightly older version of All2MP3 from here:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/753945/All2MP3The 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.