The Easiest Way to Convert WMA to MP3

By Nina Nixon

WMA (Windows Media Audio) files are easily converted to MP3 (Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer 3) files with the Windows Audio Converter. This software uses the "wizard" concept. This is when the user makes selections from those options presented within a dialog box and then must press "Next" to continue. The Windows Audio Converter is streamlined in its wizardry by enabling the core selections to be made from just one dialog box. By far, WMA to MP3 files transformed in this way have utilized one of the most user-friendly methods to date.


Sort out and group together all of the files that you want to convert to the MP3 format. Place them in an easily accessible folder so that you will be able to locate them when you are ready to begin the conversion task. This is extremely helpful if you are interrupted during any stage of the process, because you will be able to search in a narrowed area and locate where you last paused.

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Open the folder containing the WMA files that you would like to convert to the MP3 format. Highlight one or more of the files. If you are placing the files in one area, you can elect to highlight more than one file at a time to streamline the conversion task. And if you choose to do this, speed up the process even faster by already having those files grouped together and sorted by their intended destination prior to implementing the transformation. When you are finished highlighting those files, right-click and then select "Convert Audio Format" from the file sub-menu. Use the "Output Format" drop-down list and select "MP3." Adjust the "Quality" setting by moving the slider across within the range from 128kbps to save space or to 320 kbps for a larger file with limited quality alteration. If you desire, you can test a sample file to ensure that the sound quality standard meets your needs. Go to the "Output Folder" section and select a drive and folder location for storing your audio files or click "Browse" to bring up additional location options. Press "Next" and then click "Start Conversion." This process will take a few moments to complete. If you are converting many files at once, it will take a little longer. When the "Conversion Completed" prompt appears, press "OK."Do not be alarmed if you receive a warning prompt in the "Details" section that reads "Completed with warnings." This is usually an insignificant issue and can occur when minuscule metadata did not convert. Even so, it should not affect your file, and therefore, is not needed for a successful conversion. But if this does happen, just click on the button for "Details." Save the Details log for your records.Test your conversion success by locating one of the files under the MP3 format. Use the Search Companion to do this. Go to the "File Name" text box and enter the name of the document, but type ".MP3" as the file extension. Next, go to "When it was modified" and use the down arrow to choose option "Specify Dates" and enter today's date. Click on the file in order to play it.

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