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3 WMA to MP3 Converter Freeware/Shareware | 2013

by Edwin Liu | March 7, 2013 8:56 AM
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WMA, an acronym for "Windows Media Audio", is a lossy data compression format for audio. In contrast with the audio compressed with the MP3 codec, there are a limited number of media players & devices can be used to play the WMA file. A prime example of this is that Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads do not read WMA files. In addition, some WMA songs are included with the DRM (digital right management) protection by online music distributors like Nokia OVI Music, Napster, Pandora, etc. This further restrains the market expansion of the WMA format. All these things allow the MP3 to defeat the WMA rapidly, and flood in today's internet.

If you have some WMA music files and want to transcode them to MP3 format, followings are three WMA to MP3 converter freeware & shareware which enables you to convert any WMAs (DRM-protected WMA included) to MP3 format easily.

Freemake Audio Converter (directly download link)

The great virtue of the Freemake audio converter is that it is a totally free audio converter. You can use it to convert audio between key audio formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, M4A, OGG. The drawback of the Freemake audio converter is that it does not support the DRM WMA input, and sometimes the output audio files have noise.


Aimersoft DRM Media Converter (Directly download link)

Exactly speaking, the Aimersoft DRM Media Converter is a DRM audio file converter. It can INPUT the DRM WMA/Common WMA, M4A, WMA, AAC, AC3, AIFF, APE, AMR, AU, CUE, FLAC, MP3, M4B, M4P, M4R, MKA, MPA, MP2, OGG, RA, RAM, WAV, AA, AAX, and OUTPUT MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, APE, MKA, AU, AIFF, FLAC, M4R.

This program is very simple to use. When using it to convert WMA files to MP3 format, just add a protected or unprotected WMA file, select the MP3 output profile and the output folder, hit the Convert button and the conversion begins right away for you.

With Aimersoft DRM Media Converter, you can also convert the protected movies purchased from Apple iTunes store, Amazon Instant Video, etc. to Non-DRM-version files. But the Aimersoft developer only offers the free-trial version. If you want to access the full features of this DRM removal software, you will need to pay about $35 for it.



If you don't want to download a desktop converter to turn your WMA songs into MP3 files, you may try the Zamzar which is an online audio converter service. Firstly, go to http://www.zamzar.com/, upload a WMA file whose size must not exceed the 100MB to Zamzar, select the MP3 as output format, and enter your email address to receive converted files, then click Convert button to let Zamzar get the rest job done.

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