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How to Convert WMA to MP3

If you use a Mac, there’s a good chance that you probably won’t ever come across a WMA file, but for those who are familiar with the Windows system and Windows Media Player, the WMA file is pretty common. This file format used to be more popular, but these days, it’s no longer a convenient way to store your audio files.

An MP3 file is typically more versatile for most audio tracks, and as long as you know what to do, you’ll save yourself a lot of time.

Step 1: Go to CloudConvert

The quickest and easiest way to convert a WMA file to an MP3 file is to use an online converter. There are several great ones out there, but our favorite for this particular task is CloudConvert. Get your WMA files ready, then head to its homepage.

Step 2: Upload your files

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To send your files to CloudConvert and get the conversion process started, click Select File. Alternatively, select the downward-facing arrow icon within that button for a greater array of uploading options. Using the resulting pop-up menu, choose whether you want to add files from your computer, send them from your cloud storage service, or just link them from a URL.

Depending on your choice, you’ll be asked to select the files in question from their respective location. Follow along with the on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Choose your file format options

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Now that you’ve uploaded the file you want to convert, you need to select the output format. In our case, that’s MP3. Select the drop-down menu arrow icon, which is next to the phrase Convert to. From the menu that appears, select MP3.

For more advanced options, you can also select the wrench icon. It lets you adjust the bitrate of your output file, the start and end points of your conversion, and a few other options.

Step 4: Convert and download

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When you feel you’ve set all the options correctly, select the big red Convert button. You’ll see the screen update with a timescale and loading bar for your conversion.

Once the conversion is finished, a preview of your track may auto-play to allow you to hear the newly converted track before you decide to download it. If you like what you hear in the preview, select the green Download button to begin your download.

Alternative method: MediaHuman (Windows/MacOS)

If you’ve got a lot of files to convert, it might be easier to download a conversion program rather than using a website like CloudConvert. MediaHuman’s free converter can convert all your WMAs into MP3s with ease.

When you have successfully completed the software download, you can add files to the converter by selecting the files and dragging them from your desktop or another folder into the converter. You can also add files after clicking the plus sign (+) and then finding the files on your computer.

MediaHuman app screenshot
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When you click the Format button, you will be able to choose MP3 as the output format. At the top of the screen is a button that looks like the recycling arrows; when you click that, the file will convert. The time it takes to convert a file depends on how big the file is or if you are trying to convert multiple files concurrently. 

You can access the files you’ve just converted using MediaHuman by clicking the magnifying glass icon, which takes you to the folder where the files were saved. From there, you can put the files on an external drive to use with other devices or import them into your best media player library.

Note: MediaHuman does appear to install a teeny bit of bloatware in the form of a desktop icon link that leads to a MediaHuman website. This icon and the link seems to be harmless as far as we can tell.

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How to Convert an MP4 to an MP3

What should you do when you don’t need to watch a video, but instead just need to listen to the audio? In these cases, you want the portability and storage offered in an MP3. We are going to show you how to easily convert an MP4 video file to an MP3.

There are a variety of free file converters you can use directly in your browser or download to your desktop. Read on to learn about our favorites and our simple instructions on how to convert your MP4 files using these free tools.

Step 1: Navigate to CloudConvert

The CloudConvert homepage is the best place to start. CloudConvert is an intuitive, cloud-based service that provides a stand-alone option that requires little more than an internet connection and your file. It’s entirely free, requires no additional software to run, and supports more than 200 formats — most importantly in our case, MP4 to MP3.

While the resulting audio quality is great, as is the conversion speed, a free account only allows up to 25 free conversions per day. However, CloudConvert should suit your needs if your only need to convert a few, small files per day.

Step 2: Select the files you want to convert

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Click the Select File button in the middle of the page and select the video files you wish to convert to MP3. A pop-up window will appear where you can locate or search for the desired files on your computer. If you click on the Drop Down Arrow icon to the right of Select File, you can also choose a file from a URL or from your Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Note that you’ll need to sign in to your cloud storage account via the CloudConvert site to access your cloud storage files. Doing so may automatically create a free CloudConvert account.

Once your files are selected, click the Open button in the lower-right corner of the pop-up window to add your files to the conversion queue.

Step 3: Choose your output format

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Click the Drop Down Arrow button that appears after uploading your MP4 file, then select Audio followed by MP3 from the drop-down list. Click the Wrench icon located directly beside the file if you wish to fine-tune the audio bit rate, audio Qscale, volume, or length. The latter is an incredibly handy tool if your video has an introduction or ending with undesired audio. When finished, click the red Okay button.

Step 4: Begin the conversion

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Click the red Convert button on the right side of the page when you’ve finished setting your desired output preferences. A gray-and-yellow bar will appear indicating the conversion’s current status, along with a cancellation button (a red X next to the gray-and-yellow bar) should you change your mind for whatever reason. Afterward, wait for the conversion to complete.

Step 5: Download your new MP3

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It may take some time, but CloudConvert will notify you when your conversion is finished. (A preview of your MP3 track may automatically play so you can hear it before deciding to download it.) Then just click the green Download button to save it to your computer. Now that you ripped your audio, you need a decent MP3 player to play it on. These are our favorites.

Alternative: Any Video Converter (Windows and MacOS)

You can use our favorite video converter, Any Video Converter, if you want to convert files on your computer.

By using this converter, users can convert MP4 audio into a variety of formats, including the highly portable MP3 format. This converter is our top choice due to its high speeds, good video and audio quality, and its wide range of supported devices. AVC also offers advanced options, including cropping and trimming audio files or layering different files.

The  AVC website offers a free edition of the Any Video Converter software that you can download directly. You can start the download process with a simple click of the Download button. After the installation, open the app and click the Add or Drag File(s) button on the screen.

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A pop-up window will appear where you can select the MP4 file as the input. Then you will select MP3 as the output type from the options provided in the Drop Down Menu to the left of the Convert Now! button. Click on the Music Note icon in this menu to see the available audio options. Then select MP3.

The conversion will begin when you click the Convert Now! button. Your new MP3 file’s save location will automatically open after the conversion is finished so you can locate your new file on your device right away.

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How to Convert FLAC to MP3

A major perk that draws people to the FLAC file format is that it can shrink down large audio files. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of devices that still support the FLAC format, which means you might need to convert your files to the MP3 format. 

Anytime you convert a file, you risk losing data in the process. However, we’ve got the science down, and we can walk you through the steps.

Step 1: Go to the Online Audio Converter website

Online Audio Converter is the quickest, simplest way to convert your FLAC files to MP3. It’s a free, web-based converter, and so you don’t need to purchase a subscription or download and install anything. Everything you need to convert your FLAC files is right on the main page of this website.

The only issue is that batch conversions take a little more time with Online Audio Converter than they do with some of our other choices. The site was clearly designed with smaller conversions in mind.

Step 2: Select the files you want to convert

Select the large, blue Open Files button — if you want to select your files from local storage — or just click one of these three uploading options to select your files: Google Drive, Dropbox, or URL.

Step 3: Pick your format, quality level, and adjust your settings

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Within the second section of the Online Audio Converter, select your desired format and quality level. The converter automatically defaults to the Standard level (128kbps) when converting files to MP3. If you tap the Advanced Settings button, you can adjust things like bitrate, sample rate, channels, and other features. This section also offers the option to edit your file’s track info with its Edit Track Info button. 

Step 4: Convert and save your file

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In the last section of the converter, marked with the number 3, select the Convert button to finish converting your file. Once the conversion is complete, Online Audio Converter offers three ways to save your new file: Download (to save your file on your local storage) or Save to Google Drive or Dropbox.

Alternative methods

Fre:ac (Windows)

Fre:ac doesn’t have the prettiest interface or even the most user-friendly one. But it is a free audio converter for Windows PCs that can make quick work of converting your FLAC files to MP3s because it’s designed to utilize multi-core CPUs to optimize conversion speeds. Plus, you can easily download it from the Microsoft Store and get right to converting as soon as it’s installed.  In addition to an audio converter, Fre:ac also includes features such as an integrated CD ripper, a user interface that can be displayed in 43 languages, and Unicode support for tags and file names, just to name a few.

To MP3 Converter Free (MacOS)

One of the most popular audio converters in the Mac Store is the aptly titled To MP3 Converter Free, an easy-to-use utility for converting from one of over 200 audio and video formats to MP3. The software supports FLAC files and the process for making the conversion couldn’t be simpler. The software also allows you to change the output from a constant bitrate to a variable bitrate and transfer tags from the source file.

An annual subscription for $7 will help you batch convert folders and files. You will also be able to modify sound using fade in and fade out, and cut silence before and after songs. 

CloudConvert (Google Chrome extension/online option)

You don’t have to waste precious space on your device to use CloudConvert. It requires a connection to the internet as it’s a web-based program. For those using the Google Chrome browser or a Chromebook, there is also the option to work with CloudConvert as a Chrome add-on. Just download the add-on, open it, and you’re ready to go.

You can convert most files using CloudConvert, whether they are audio or virtually anything else. Its long list of services includes documents, videos, images, and e-books, with more to boot. Additionally, it can handle FLAC and MP3 files seamlessly. It’s ideal for anyone using a Chromebook or Google Drive as files can be easily retrieved and stored online.

Compared to the other options on our list, CloudConvert has fewer advanced features due to it being a web-based service. You can manipulate some basic controls like bitrate, but more in-depth controls are mostly absent. You may welcome the lack of advanced features as a way to simplify the file conversion process.

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