How to convert WMA to MP3 with iTunes

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Although most of the songs that can be downloaded from the Internet are in MP3 format, sometimes you come across WMA files, a format developed by Microsoft and widely used on PCs. This is a type of file that can be reproduced without any problems on the vast majority of computers. However, there are several situations in which it can be useful to convert WMA files to MP3 and if you find yourself here right now, reading these lines, it is clear that you have the aforementioned need and that you would like to understand how to do it to succeed “in the enterprise ” using iTunes. If things are actually like this and if you need a little advice, know that this time too you can count on me. In fact, with today’s guide I’m going to show you everything you need to do to be able to convert WMA to MP3 with iTunes.

Before you can scare yourself and think the worst, I want to clarify right away that this is a fairly simple operation to carry out and that everyone, even those who, a bit like you, are not exactly experts in new technologies can perform without problems these type of procedure.

Having said that, if you are therefore willing to understand how to transform WMA to MP3 with iTunes, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, sit comfortably in front of your computer and concentrate carefully on reading the following lines. I’m more than sure that in the end you’ll be ready to say that converting WMA to MP3 with iTunes was actually child’s play and that at the first good opportunity you’ll also be willing to explain to your friends in need of a similar tip how to do it . But now… no more talk and let’s proceed!

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Depending on whether the one you have is a pc or a Mac the procedure to be carried out to be able to transform WMA to MP3 with iTunes is different. In the first case, you just need to take advantage of the special feature designed for Windows operating systems attached to the Apple multimedia player, in the second case I’m sorry to tell you but … it is not a feature included “standard” in the OS X version of the program, which is why so all you can do is use third-party software to convert WMA files to MP3 and then import them into iTunes. I know, the solution is less practical than the one for Windows PC but I can assure you that it is easier said than done!

Convert WMA to MP3 with iTunes on PC

If you have a PC and have installed the famous Apple player and are therefore interested in understanding how to transform WMA into MP3 with iTunes, the first thing you need to do is to start the software. To do this, press on the menu start type itunes in the search field that is shown to you and then click on the first result in the list. Alternatively, double-click the iTunes icon if present on the desktop.

Then wait for iTunes to be visible on the screen, then press the musical note icon located at the top left, click on the label Music always present at the top and then click on the small rectangle located in the upper left part of the program window. Afterwards, press on Preferences…. In the new window that appears at this point click on the button Import Settings… then select MP3 encoder from the drop-down menu located next to the I itemimport using:. If necessary, define the level of audio quality of the important files using the drop-down menu next to the item Settings: then click Okay for two consecutive times.

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Now, click on the entry File present at the top left of the iTunes window and then select the item Add files to library… attached to the menu that is shown to you. If you can’t see the entry File in the iTunes window you need to enable the display of the menu bar. To do this, click on the small rectangle located in the left inhaled part of the program window and select the item Show menu bar from the menu that is shown to you. Then select the file in WMA format stored on your computer that you intend to transform into MP3 with iTunes and then click on You open and then press the button Convert. Repeat this process for every single song you intend to transform from WMA to MP3 with iTunes.

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As an alternative to the procedure that I have just indicated, you can add songs in WMA format to be converted into MP3 in iTunes by simply pressing the musical note icon located in the upper left part of the player window, clicking on the item Music placed at the top and dragging the files you want to transform into MP3 directly into the program window.

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Then wait a few moments for the song or songs to be added to the iTunes library, then check that your music collection has been correctly updated by taking a look at the section Music of the player.

Convert WMA to MP3 with iTunes on Mac

If, on the other hand, you use a Mac and are interested in understanding how to transform WMA into MP3 with iTunes, keep in mind that, as I mentioned in the previous lines, it is not an operation that can be performed exclusively using the bitten apple’s multimedia player. In fact, the OS X version of iTunes doesn’t include a special feature that allows you to convert WMA to MP3. To do this you will therefore have to resort to the use of special third-party conversion software after which, if necessary, you can import the songs transformed from one format to another into the iTunes library.

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To turn WMA to MP3 on OS X I suggest you take advantage Media Human Audio Converter. It is a no-cost application that is able to “chew” all the main audio file formats: WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF and Apple Lossless and which then allows you to convert the files into WMA format to MP3 without any kind of problem. You can download the application from its official website. To do this click here, then press on the item Downloads attached to the displayed web page and wait for the program to download on your Mac.

Then click on the image file MHAudioConverter.dmg which was saved on OS X after which drag the application icon to the folder Applications. Then log in to launchpadlocate the application icon, press on it,click on You open and then wait for the program window to appear on the desktop.

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Now drag the files in WMA format into the main screen of the application and then expand the drop-down menu format located at the top right. In the window that opens, select the item MP3s from the first menu, set the desired quality for the output file (eg. stereo, 44100Hz, 320kbps) in the second menu and click on the button Close to save the settings.

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Finally, start the file conversion process by clicking on the button with the two arrows located at the top right. By default all the songs generated by the application will be saved in the folder /Music/Converted by MediaHuman/ of OS X.

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Now that you have proceeded to transform WMA to MP3 you can import the songs in question into the iTunes library. To do this, start the Apple home media player by accessing the launchpad and clicking on its icon, then wait for the latter’s window to be visible on the screen, click on the musical note icon located at the top left and then select the label Music present above.

Then press on the item iTunes attached to the top left menu bar after which click on Preferences… and then on the button Import Settings… present next to the item When you insert a CD: attached to the displayed window. Then click on the menu located next to the item Import using: and select MP3 encoder. Eventually you can also select the final quality of the audio. To do this, indicate the desired option from the menu located next to the item Settings:. Once the changes are finished, press the button Okay twice consecutively in order to confirm and apply the changes.

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Now, press on the menu File and choose the voice Add to library…select the previously converted song in MP3 format that you are interested in putting on iTunes and then presses the button You open placed in the lower right part of the new window that went to open. Then wait a few moments for the procedure by which to add new songs to iTunes to be started and completed. Repeat the procedure that I have just indicated for each single file in MP3 format that you intend to add to the iTunes library.

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As an alternative to the procedure that I have just indicated, know that you can add WMA songs transformed into MP3 to the iTunes library also by pressing the musical note icon located in the upper left part of the player window, clicking on the item Music placed at the top and dragging directly into the program window every single audio file that you intend to import.

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Next, check that the MP3 format files you are interested in have been correctly added to the player. To do this, just take a look at the section Music of the program that you can access by clicking on the music note icon linked in the upper left part of the program window.

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