How to Convert WMA to MP3 Using Windows Media Player

By Chad Buleen

Music that is in the WMA format is often restrictive and will typically only work in the Windows Media Player. If you try to listen to WMA files in other music players, there will usually be problems. Although a Windows Media Player by itself cannot convert WMA files to MP3 files, the program does play a part in the conversion process.

Step 1

Insert the CD the music is on and rip it. The music can be ripped by selecting the "Rip" tab in Windows Media Player. When music is "ripped," it is pulled from the CD and saved as another file. In this case, it is saved as a WMA file.

Step 2

Install the "Switch" program on your computer (see Resources below). After it has been downloaded, go to the desktop or application folder where the Switch program is located. Double-click on the icon and the program will open. A blank window will appear.

Step 3

Locate the "Add Folder" icon on this window and click on it. This will allow you to see the recently ripped music if you navigate to "My Documents/My Music," or wherever else you may have saved the ripped music.

Step 4

Choose a format. After the music folder has been chosen, you will see on the bottom of the window the words "Output Format." Click here and a drop-down menu will appear with several options. Find and click on "MP3."

Step 5

Select the files you want to convert to MP3 by highlighting them on the screen. Then navigate to the "Convert" button on the page and click it. This will start the conversion process that will make the WMA files MP3 files.

Tips & Warnings

  • Besides Switch, there are a number of other programs that can be downloaded in order to convert one type of music to another.
  • Do not pay for a conversion program. There are many free programs that are as effective as the programs that need to be purchased.

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