File conversion for music files

  aphrodite42 11:50 07 Mar 2019

I want to copy some music tracks on my PC to my phone. Currently they are WMA and I want to convert to mp3. What is the best free software to do this?

  Old Deuteronomy 13:37 07 Mar 2019

Windows media player will do it.

  aphrodite42 14:11 07 Mar 2019

Have looked in Windows Media Player but can't see how to convert. Can you give me some guidance please.

  theDarkness 20:13 07 Mar 2019

I believe WMP may require an add-on to convert wma to mp3. I haven't used WMP in a long time. Each time you convert wma to another lossy format such as mp3, you will lose audio quality slightly. If you have the original CD you can just convert again (in WMP 12, press the 'alt' key> tools> option> rip music, choose mp3 and best quality, OK, then insert cd and select Rip CD)

If you must convert, you can also try winLAME, FreAc, or Format Factory to batch convert audio files to mp3.

You can drag and drop a folder into most of these programs to convert. The first two handle audio, the last program handles both audio and video. Make sure you select a new destination folder for your mp3 files before you convert, to avoid mixing file formats, and make sure no program is set to delete any originals if you wish to keep them.

I quite like FreAc. If you choose WinLAME, and see duplicate files before you convert, you should close the program and start again. Format Factory does the job but may be more than you really need. Before conversion in any of these programs you may wish to choose custom settings to ensure a decent quality conversion eg output to vbr 0 or 320 kbps mp3.

  beeuuem~2 13:26 08 Mar 2019

This is free and works well click here

  beeuuem~2 13:27 08 Mar 2019

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  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:15 08 Mar 2019

The free VLC player will also convert your files.

  aphrodite42 11:13 10 Mar 2019

Thanks for all your suggestions. Tried several and ended up choosing WinLAME. Got to grips with it pretty quickly and found it easy to use. I now have a lot of my favourite albums on my phone. Would recommend this programme as simple and quick to use.

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