Although most of the songs that are downloaded from the Internet are in MP3 format, it often happens that you come across other types of audio files, such as WMA for example. In case you weren’t aware, WMAs are a type of audio file that can be played smoothly on any computer. However, the situation becomes more complex when trying to listen to them on devices such as portable MP3 players and mobile phones, for which it may be necessary to convert WMA to MP3 before starting playback.
To this end, I would like to point out some special free tools available for Windows, for Mac and also for Linux. These are essentially converters that – I guarantee – will come in very handy for you. In addition to working with WMA songs and MP3s, they allow you to transform all major audio file formats between them. Software aside, there are also some interesting online services that you can turn to without having to download and install anything on your computer. How do you say? Are you interested in this, but not being very familiar with IT and new technologies, are you afraid you won’t be able to use them? But don’t worry! I assure you right away that these are extremely simple resources to use even by those – a bit like you – who do not consider themselves a great expert in this regard.
So? Care to put the talk aside and move on to real action? Yup? Perfect! I would therefore say not to waste any further precious time, to roll up our sleeves and start immediately to get busy. You’ll see, in the end you’ll be able to say you’re more than satisfied with what you’ve learned and furthermore, I have no doubts about this, you’ll also be ready to provide any explanations to all your friends who need to receive similar info. Let it bet?
How to Convert WMA in MP3 for (Windows/Mac/Linux)
Let’s start this guide dedicated to how to convert WMA to MP3 talking about Fre:ac , a free software, open source and able to convert not only the types of files in question but also MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV, Bonk and audio CDs. Its operation is really simple and it is perfectly compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
You ask me how to use it? I’ll tell you right away. For starters you need to download Fre:ac on your PC. To do this, connect to the software website and click first on the wording Downloads in the left sidebar and then on the link for the operating system in use on the computer.
If you are using a Windows PC, once the download is complete, open the Fre:ac installation package (e.g. freac–xx.exe ) and complete the setup by first clicking on Yes , Next , Yes and Next again for more four times in a row and then click Finish .
If, on the other hand, you are using a Mac, open the program package in .dmg format and drag the Fre:ac icon into the macOS/OS X Applications folder , then click on it with the right mouse button and choose the Open item from the menu that it is proposed to you so as to bypass the restrictions applied by Apple towards non-certified developers.
Then proceed by opening Fre:ac, dragging the files to be converted into MP3 format into the main window of the software and choosing the LAME MP3 item from the menu that is shown to you after clicking on the arrow next to the play symbol located at the top. By default, converted songs are saved in the Music folder on your computer.
You can also change the quality of the output files if you want. To do this, click on the gear icon located at the top left of the main program window and choose the Custom Settings item from the Use drop-down menu attached to the window that opens.
MediaHuman Audio Converter (Windows/Mac)
As an alternative to the resource that I have indicated in the previous lines, you can contact the free MediaHuman Audio Converter application which is able to “chew” all the main audio file formats: WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF and Apple Loseless. To download it to your computer, connect to its official website and click on the Download button at the bottom left.
When the download is complete, if you are using a Windows PC, open the program file you just obtained (e.g. MHAudioConverter.exe ), press the Yes button and check the item I accept the terms of the license agreement . Then click on Next four times in a row and complete the whole setup procedure by clicking on Install and Finish .
If you are using a Mac instead, open the package in .dmg format that contains MediaHuman Audio Converter and drag the program icon to the macOS/OS X Applications folder . Then right-click the software icon in the Applications folder and select Open from the menu that appears. In this way, as I also explained in the previous lines, you will go around the restrictions imposed by Apple on non-certified developers.
At this point, drag the WMA files to convert into the software window or select them “manually” by clicking on the + (plus symbol) button at the top left. Then expand the Format drop-down menu located at the top right and select the MP3 item from the first menu. Then set the quality you prefer for the output files in the other menu and press the Close button to save the changes made.
Finally, click on the button with the two arrows located at the top right and wait for the conversion procedure to be started and completed. By default, all converted songs are saved in the Music folder on your computer.
If you need to convert WMA to MP3 on a Windows computer, I also advise you to rely on FormatFactory , one of the best free software of its kind, which allows you to transform all the main types of multimedia files (music tracks, videos and images) from one format to another in a few clicks.
To download it to your PC, connect to its official website and click on the View details button located under the software name, then press the blue button Download site 1 (if the download does not start, try clicking on the other buttons). When the download is complete, open the FormatFactory installation package (eg FFSetupx.xxxexe ) and click first on the Yes button , then on Install and finally press on Finish .
At this point, to convert one or more WMA songs with FormatFactory, select the Audio tab from the left sidebar and click on the MP3 icon . In the window that opens, click on Add file and select the songs to transform, then choose the folder in which to save the output files by clicking on the Edit button located at the bottom right and start the conversion by first clicking on OK and then on Go . By default the converted files will be saved in C:\FFOutput .
If you want to change the settings related to the quality of the songs, after clicking the MP3 button , click the Destination Settings button and select Bitrate ( KB/s) and Sampling (HZ) of the output songs from the appropriate drop-down menus. Alternatively, you can use one of the predefined conversion profiles ( High quality , Medium quality or Low quality ) by choosing them from the menu located at the top left, under the heading Profile .
Didn’t the resources to convert WMA to MP3 above particularly convince you? Well, if you use a PC with Windows installed you could also try taking a look at TAudioConverter . It is a free and open source converter for computers based on the Microsoft operating system that supports all the main audio file formats: FLAC, MP3, AAC, AAC HE, AC3, MusePack, Ogg Vorbis, etc. The pride of this program is the fact that it is multithreaded, so it can take advantage of multiple encoders simultaneously, thus greatly reducing processing times.
To try TAudioConverter on your computer right away, connect to the program’s official website and first press the Downloads item located in the left sidebar and then the link fosshub.com, stable releases Visit . On the page that opens, if you use a 64-bit operating system click on Download TAudioConverter Windows Installer 64bit , while if you are using a 32-bit operating system click on Download TAudioConverter Windows Installer 32bit .
Then wait a few moments for the software download to start and complete, then open the TAudioConverter installation package (e.g. TAC(xx)setup_64bit.exe ) and press first on Yes , then OK and then Next . Put the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the installation procedure by clicking on Next five consecutive times, then on Install and then on Finish .
Now, start TAudioConverter and drag the WMA files you want to edit into the software window that has opened on your desktop. If you want, you can also manually select the files to convert by first clicking the Add button located at the top left. Subsequently, select the item MP3 – 320 kbps – Stereo – 44100Hz (or a lower quality) from the Presets menu: at the bottom and presses the Start button located at the top right to start the transformation of the file
All converted audio files are automatically saved in the My Documents/TAC folder of your computer. If you prefer, you can select a different path by simply clicking the Browse button in the lower right part of the TAudioConverter window.
Do you need to convert WMA to MP3 but don’t have the slightest desire to download and install new programs on your computer? That’s no problem, in that case you can contact Media io . In fact, this is a totally free online service that allows you to transform all the main audio file formats directly and comfortably from the window of your web browser (any), without having to resort to various extensions or plugins. There are no particular upload limits to take into consideration and it is also compatible with all major operating systems.
To use it, connected to the home page of the service, click on the Select Files to Upload button and choose the songs in WMA format on which you intend to intervene. Afterwards, click the MP3 button located at the bottom left, choose one of the available bitrates from the bottom of the page and click the Convert button to start the conversion process.
So wait for the files to be processed and for the conversion to finish, then click on the Download item to download your MP3s to your computer. If you haven’t made any changes to your browser’s default settings, the files will be saved in your PC’s Download folder.
The resources that I have already proposed have not convinced you and are you looking for more tools that allow you to transform your WMA files into MP3? Then don’t throw in the towel yet! Try first to take a look at my tutorials dedicated to how to convert audio and how to convert audio files to MP3, you won’t regret it. I also suggest you read my article dedicated to programs for converting music in which I have listed numerous other tools useful for the purpose in question.