Windows Media Audio (WMA) is an audio format created by Microsoft. If for some reason you have a lot of songs stored with this extension, you may have noticed that they cannot be played on all devices. But that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your favorite tunes – we explain several ways to convert WMA to MP3 in simple steps.
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There are a plethora of online and offline converters to use, but we have our favorites. Here’s how to use them to make your music collection much easier to listen to.
The fastest and easiest way to convert a WMA file to an MP3 file is to use an online converter. There are several great ones, but our favorite for this particular task is CloudConvert. Prepare your WMA files and then go to your homepage.
To send your files to CloudConvert to begin the conversion process, click Select files. Alternatively, select the Arrow down next to that button for a greater variety of options.
Using the drop-down menu, choose if you want to add files from your computer, send them from your cloud storage or just link them from a url.
Depending on your choice, you will be asked to select the files in question from their respective location. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Now that you have uploaded the file you want to convert, you should select format you want to send the output to. In our case, that is MP3. Look for the format icon next to the chosen file; it should say WMA.
Select it, then select Audio from the drop-down menu, followed by MP3. If you want to choose a different format in the future, look for it in that list or in the video if you are converting a visual format.
For more advanced options, use the key icon. It allows you to adjust the bit rate of your output file, the start and end point of its conversion and some other options.
When you feel like you’ve set all the options correctly, look at the bottom of the page. If you want the resulting MP3 to be transferred to your Dropbox or alternative cloud storage provider, select the corresponding button.
Otherwise, select the big red button Start conversion. You will see the screen update with a time scale and a loading bar for conversion.
Once the conversion is complete, a green button will appear Download. Select it to start your download. Alternatively, if you prefer to download it as a compressed Zip or Rar file, which will be very useful if you have converted many WMA files at the same time, select Create file or use its drop-down list to select a preferred format.
If you have a lot of files to convert, it may be easier to download a conversion program instead of using a website like CloudConvert. The free converter MediaHuman it can convert all your WMA files to MP3 with ease.
The software is extremely easy to use, even if you are not a tech wizard. Just go to the MediaHuman site, download the program for your operating system and install it on your system.
Once open, you can drag and drop files from your computer to the program, or click on the big “+” button in the upper left corner and select the appropriate files.
Once you have selected the files you want to convert, select MP3 from the codec drop-down list and click the button Turn into, located in the upper part of the window; looks like the universal recycling sign. In a matter of seconds (or minutes, depending on the number of files you’ve selected and their size), your conversion will be complete.
To access the converted files, access the menu File from the MediaHuman app and select Open output folder. This will automatically open the destination folder where your entire files are stored, in this case MP3. From there, you can add the files to the library of your favorite media player or upload them directly to an external device.