.wmv to .mp3 conversion

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by mikepctp, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. mikepctp macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2003
    just north of Toronto, Canada
    I am not sure if this is the correct forum for this question but you guys have always come through in the past (with my silly questions) and I am hoping for the same this time.

    My lady dumped a LOT (I mean huge numbers) of our CD's to the PC and by a booboo... used Windows Media Player .wmv as the file extension format.
    I have a special spot for Mr. Gates and I assure you it is not in my music library.

    Is there a way that iTunes or Real or ? can convert these "bastard" files into something playable on the Mac without using Media Player?

    I love iTunes and have an extensive library that is dying to have these others added.

    Any suggestions are REALLY appreciated as I really do not want to fathom a complete re-load.

    Thanks gang!

  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    WMV and MP3 (or AAC for that matter) are both lossy codecs, meaning that data is stripped down during compression. If you run a song through two lossy codecs, the sound will degrade very badly. You will certainly be able to notice it. If you are able to find a converter-- and unfortunately i do not know of one-- it'll hardly be worth it to convert them... i would start looking at re-ripping.

    sorry :/

  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The only app I know of that can convert these is dMC, which only runs on Windows. But as Paul said, converting from one lossy format to another will make it sound bad.
  4. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    yeah, i wish that there was also an easy way to do this. alas, the best we can look forward to is hours and hours of re-encoding.... either that or apple makes itunes support .wma files (but i think we both know what would happen first)
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    If iTunes had the support, who would really want Windows Media files in their iTunes library?

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